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ERIC Number: ED516075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Update on the Community College Baccalaureate: Evolving Trends and Issues. Policy Matters: A Higher Education Policy Brief
Russell, Alene
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Over the past two decades, the number of community colleges independently offering baccalaureate degree programs has steadily risen. Though still confined to a very small number of institutions and limited degree programs, this phenomenon continues to generate widespread attention and controversy. This occurs because the trend challenges fundamental assumptions about the mission of two-year colleges and threatens to upset the existing balance between the two- and four-year sectors in the American higher education system. This paper presents recent trends in the community college baccalaureate, describes variations among the states and pending issues, summarizes arguments for and against the community college baccalaureate, and presents implications for policymakers considering this option. A List of resources is provided.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities