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ERIC Number: EJ979930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
Washington State's Model and Programs: Applied Baccalaureate Degrees at Community and Technical Colleges
England-Siegerdt, Christy; Andreas, Michelle
New Directions for Community Colleges, n158 p25-33 Sum 2012
President Obama is calling for an increase in educational attainment among citizens of the United States (Obama, 2009). Prior to this national call, Washington State recognized the need to increase the educational attainment of its residents to maintain a globally competitive economy. By 2018, 67 percent of jobs in Washington will require a postsecondary education. Historically, Washington businesses relied heavily on the ability to import educated workers. However, this practice may not be sustainable or sufficient enough to meet the changing needs of the workforce. Yet limited state resources prevent public baccalaureate institutions from developing the capacity needed to meet current and projected employer demand and statewide degree production goals. Washington's Higher Education and Coordinating Board (HECB) and State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) identified applied baccalaureate degrees as a viable option for substantially increasing the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded over the next twenty years. This chapter shares how the state of Washington embraces the use of applied baccalaureate degrees at community colleges as a way to help meet employer demands and statewide degree production goals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington