ANU’s Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has blogged an explanation of new “vertical” degrees:
The new degree will mean students can get a bachelor and masters degree in reduced time, complete several masters subjects in a bachelor degree, and graduate from two degrees that will set them up for life.
Forty per cent of ANU students already take ‘traditional’ double degrees, adding depth and breadth to their studies. Now students will be able to combine a bachelor degree with a masters degree, adding the desire to pursue higher qualifications to the package from day one. The masters adds ‘height’ to the double degree.
Frankly I find it hard to believe that “depth”, “breadth”, and “height” can all be added during the same duration of studies.
It sounds a lot more like shallowness and, dare we say it, a devaluation of qualifications.