NEWS 10: California community colleges to begin offering bachelor’s degrees

Career College Central Summary:

  • The first 15 California community colleges to ever offer a four-year degree are expected to be announced Tuesday during a meeting of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
  • The bachelor's degree programs will begin in the fall of 2017 in a pilot project approved unanimously by state legislators last year.
  • A provision of the law restricts the four-year degrees offered by community colleges to programs not offered by the California State University or University of California systems.
  • Subject areas must also address unmet workforce needs, resulting in programs that are generally vocational or technical in nature.
  • Each of the 15 community colleges selected will offer a single baccalaureate program through the 2022-2023 school year.
  • A study by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that by 2025, 41 percent of all jobs in California will require at least a bachelor's degree, while at the current rate only 35 percent of Californians will have one.
  • The legislation was authored by State Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, to help close the education gap.
  • "Right now a lot of very good, high-quality students are just not able to get (into a public university) because the number of slots at the UC and CSU are relatively small," Block said in a telephone conversation Monday. "They are instead not going on to college or are going to some very expensive private for-profit schools."
  • Just less than half of California's 72 community college districts submitted applications to offer bachelor's degrees.

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