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ERIC Number: ED473685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
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Community College Baccalaureates: Some Critics Decry the Trend as "Mission Creep".
Mills, Kay
Saint Petersburg College (SPC) (Florida) has begun to enroll students in bachelor's degree programs in education and technology management, and a B.S. program in nursing. This article presents critics' arguments against community colleges offering bachelor's degrees, suggesting that community college B.A.s are inferior degrees, and that offering degrees will alter the community college mission of equitable access to higher education. Proponents of the degree programs argue that the colleges are fulfilling a community need that has not been adequately addressed by four-year institutions. Florida ranks 47th in the nation, adjusted for population variation, in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded. SPC is in an area that is the state's most densely populated, and yet it is most underserved by B.A degree programs. Many students do not continue their education after the A.A. degree because financial, family, or job constraints do not allow them to commute or move to a university. More than 70% of SPC's students are women. Some argue that by offering bachelor's degrees closer to students' homes, women who would never have had the opportunity to go to college are now taking advantage of the opportunity. In addition, teaching and nursing shortages in Florida are critical; the community college degree could address this issue. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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