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New 60 credit program change helps students graduate in two years

6/12/2019 1:43:40 PM

Governor Murphy approved legislation in August of 2018, stating that no more than 60 credits will be required to earn an associate degree. This will take effect in the 2019-2020 academic year. The law establishes a campaign to encourage students to take 30 credits per year in order to graduate within two years at a community college, depending on the degree. Sussex County Community College’s Academic Affairs has complied with this new legislation and has reduced all associate degree programs from over 64+ credits to 60 credits.

Current students will have the option of changing to the new 2019-20 College Catalog if the new requirements are a better fit for their academic career.  

Although the total credits required in the new Catalog are less, it’s important to remember that other requirements might have changed; therefore, it may not be in the best interest of the student to update their catalog year. Students should review the new requirements for their degree program or speak with an advisor in the Advising and Counseling Office.

Sussex County Community College will update the catalog year for students most likely to move to the new degree requirements seamlessly. Declaration Change of Major form in the Registrar office. If a student is changing their major, they can submit a Declaration Change of Major form that can be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office or emailed to registrar@sussex.edu. Students who would only like to request an update to their catalog year, they can submit an email from their Sussex email account.