Did they lower the number of credits required to graduate? That almost seems like it would devalue the degree.
It was always possible to get a degree in 3 years. You'd just have to take summer classes (which I highly recommend to clear up some of the general course requirements). Summer classes are typically easier, at least from my personal experience. Or you could still take 4 years but lighten your load during the normal semesters and focus on your core classes by clearing out some of the generals in the summer.