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ERIC Number: EJ1053629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb-2
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Deborah Floyd on Community Colleges Offering Bachelor's Degrees
DiSalvio, Philip
New England Journal of Higher Education, Feb 2015
More than 20 states now allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees. Florida has been a trailblazer, with 14 community colleges currently authorized to offer bachelor's degrees, and 12 already doing so. Some critics have observed that community college baccalaureates will lead to low-quality degrees, take resources from needy students and drive up costs. Others assert that the "mission creep" represented by community colleges baccalaureates are unnecessary, and community colleges should continue to solely offer two-year degrees while preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. Proponents of the community colleges offering bachelor's degree argue that the baccalaureate option fits into the community college mission of serving the community. Others argue that the bachelor's programs fulfill a need by providing four-year degrees to working people who lack the necessary resources. Still others contend that increasing the community college baccalaureate helps to meet increasing workforce needs and provide access to affordable higher education. In this installment of "NEJHE's" "New Directions for Higher Education" series, Philip DiSalvio, dean of the College of Advancing & Professional Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, interviews Deborah Floyd, professor of educational leadership at Florida Atlantic University, editor in chief of the "Community College Journal of Research and Practice" and author of the book, "The Community College Baccalaureate: Emerging Trends and Policy Issues." Some important questions that need to be asked about the options for community college baccalaureate degree graduates are addressed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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