San Diego Lawmaker Wants State Community Colleges To Award 4-Year Degrees
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Aired 12/18/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
State Sen. Marty Block, (D-San Diego)
Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor, San Diego Community College District
Just this week, San Diego State University announced the number of applicants for next term is at an all-time high.
There has also been a record-breaking number of applications to University of California schools across the state.
As the demand for four-year degrees continues to surge, the state's community colleges want to get in on the act.
A final report being prepared by a state community colleges study group will likely recommend that many California junior colleges be allowed to award four-year degrees in vocational majors, such as nursing and information technology.
State Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) is planning to introduce legislation allowing such a change. Similar proposals in the past have failed, but Block says times have changed.
Funding for California Community Colleges has been cut by $1.5 billion since 2007-08. Proposition 30 funds have helped boost enrollment and classes this year.
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