Monday, June 23, 2014
Still UC has no opinion?
Up to 15 community colleges could start offering a bachelor’s degree next year under a bill working its way through the state Assembly. Senate Bill 850, introduced by state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, would authorize California Community Colleges, in consultation with the California State University and University of California systems, to launch the baccalaureate degree pilot program Jan. 1.
In an experimental departure from current law that restricts community colleges to offering two-year associate’s degrees only, SB 850, which passed the state Senate last month by a 34-0 vote and is in the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, would allow 15 campuses among the 112 community colleges in the state to offer one baccalaureate degree each under the pilot program, beginning no later than the 2017-18 academic year...
The UC system has not yet taken a position on SB 850. A spokesperson said Thursday it is still being analyzed and the system has historically viewed the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education as “an efficient way of managing and allocating limited resources to equally important higher education functions” that has served California well...
Full story at http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20140622/california-community-colleges-may-soon-offer-bachelors-degrees
We've raised this issue in an earlier posting. Four-year degrees would be a major departure from the Master Plan. Yet UC had no opinion on the bill at our last posting almost a month ago.
Still no opinion?