Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is among 10 education institutions in the Kansas City metropolitan area joining forces across the state line, enabling students to earn a bachelor’s degree in only three years at the KU Edwards Campus through a new program called “Degree in 3.”  Through this accelerated undergraduate program for high school students, participants can earn college credits while in high school, complete an associate’s degree one year after graduating and complete an Edwards Campus bachelor’s degree two years later.

Dr. Cynthia Lane was among the individuals who signed a proclamation on Tuesday, June 12, at the KU Edwards Campus symbolizing entrance into a Memorandum of Understanding agreement to better serve students and provide a continuous transfer program between the education institutions. The entities that are part of this program are Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, Blue Valley School District, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Olathe Public Schools, Raytown Quality Schools, Shawnee Mission School District, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Metropolitan Community College, and the University of Kansas Edwards Campus.

“This is another outstanding educational partnership that will allow our students to graduate Diploma+, which will put them on a pathway to realize their academic goals and career dreams in a much shorter span of time,” said Dr. Cynthia Lane, superintendent of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. “The impact of this program is tremendous in terms of exposing our students to college, reducing higher education costs for families and increasing the number of qualified, workforce-ready individuals in a shorter span of time,” said Dr. Lane. “I want to thank everyone responsible for getting us to this momentous day,” she said.

Click Degree in 3 to learn more about the exciting opportunities for KCKPS students.