ERIC Number: ED439765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Community College Baccalaureate Degrees: A Delivery Model for the Future? Policy Paper.
This paper, which focuses on community college baccalaureate degrees, is part of a series published by the Center for Community College Policy, designed to support state and local policymakers, as well as educational leaders who are interested in policy issues related to the two-year postsecondary sector. Changing demographics, fiscal concerns, and community expectations, are exerting pressure to add the granting of four-year degrees to the traditional mission of the community college. Arguments for increasing access to baccalaureate degrees include new demands for technological skills, the large sizes of future graduating high school classes, geographical access, the flexibility of community colleges, and the increasing number of occupations now requiring a degree beyond the associate level. The concern of community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees challenges their traditional role and may cause costs to rise, diverting resources from populations that historically only community colleges have served. Some states, such as Florida, are already considering offering baccalaureate degrees while other states have developed collaborative models between two-year and four-year institutions. Policymakers must consider not only student and community needs, but also cost, structure, and institutional mission in order to make an informed decision. (AF)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, Population Growth, Technical Occupations
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Amoco Foundation, Inc., Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
Note: For other policy papers in this series, see JC 000 287-296.