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ERIC Number: ED556034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Community Colleges Expanded Role into Awarding Bachelor's Degrees. ECS Education Policy Analysis
Fulton, Mary
Education Commission of the States
A growing number of states allow community colleges to award bachelor's degrees as one strategy to meet workforce demands, address affordability, and increase access to educational opportunities. Offering bachelor's degrees traditionally has been the domain of four-year institutions, while community colleges have been established to award associate degrees and certificates. Further, community colleges have served as open-enrollment institutions with few, if any, admission requirements. As a result, the expanded role of community colleges into the bachelor's degree arena is not without controversy. Concerns center on the historically distinct missions of the two postsecondary sectors, competition with four-year institutions, duplication of programs and quality of the bachelor's degrees conferred by community colleges, among others. This Education Commission of the States' Policy Analysis examines state policies that allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees, summarizes arguments for and against these policies, and offers key policy considerations related to community college bachelor's degree programs.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: California; Colorado; Florida; Michigan; Texas; Washington