After two years of study by the faculty and discussion with students, the trustees unanimously approved the faculty plan for a three-year BA program during the national emergency.  The plan, approved by the students by a vote of 964 to 79 and by the faculty, 50 to30, allowed students to receive the bachelor’s degree after three 40-week academic years rather than four years of about 30 weeks.  A 10-week third term was added after the traditional spring term to accommodate the new plan.

The last class on this plan graduated in June 1948. Enrollment was increased to 1,300 for the three-year program.