ERIC Number: ED471537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-22
Factors and Issues Surrounding Development of One Community College Baccalaureate Degree Program.
McKee, Jonathon V.
This thesis argues that the community college baccalaureate potentially represents the next major shift in purpose of the comprehensive community college in America. During the 20th century, community colleges concentrated on vocational and transfer two-year associate degrees, as well as the community service function, while universities handled the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree programs. The purpose of this study was to describe the factors and issues surrounding the development the 3-year Bachelor of Manufacturing Technology degree program at Westark College in Arkansas. The study examines three primary movements at play in the program, which was developed to respond to manufacturing industry demands in Fort Smith, Arkansas. First, the program proposed that the community college expand its mission to include the baccalaureate degree. Second, the program was based on the demonstration of student mastered competencies. Third, the program attempted to integrate the general education requirement into the competency-based program. The author collected and analyzed data gathered through interviews, literature reviews, document collections, and reflections. Interviews were conducted in person, with telephone and e-mail used for follow-up questions. Questions were open-ended. The author interviewed students, employers, administrators, and instructors. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Thesis, Oregon State University.