Bethel to provide graduation guarantee

Next fall, Bethel College, North Newton, will offer a four-year

graduation guarantee policy for incoming freshmen.

The policy says if freshmen choose a major and stick with it, take

full-time loads each term totaling 31 hours per year and make

reasonable academic progress, Bethel will provide the courses needed

to graduate in four years. If the courses aren?t available, students

can attend them free of charge the next time the courses are offered.

A signed agreement backs the guarantee.

?Bethel College wants prospective students to know that a four-year

degree is a four-year degree,? Shirley King, dean of enrollment

services, said. ?We have a strong advising program that gives our

students substantial and consistent individual attention, and our

four-year graduation rate speaks

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