Community colleges in Indiana are now starting to offer an associate degree really, really fast. While such programs usually take two academic years, or 18 months, Ivy Tech Community College is now working on offering them in a mere 12 months. According to a piece in Inside Indiana Business:

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast is now offering accelerated degree programs in Healthcare Support, General Studies, and Business Administration. The Accelerated Associate Degree Program (AADP) is a three-year pilot project funded by Lumina Foundation, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and Ivy Tech Community College and provides recent high school graduates the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in 12 months.

If Indiana can offer an accelerated associate degree, one wonders why schools still persist in offering a dawdling one.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer