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Proposal For Bachelor’s Degrees At Community Colleges Clears Senate Committee

A proposal to allow community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees where a local workforce need can be documented was approved Thursday in the California Senate Education Committee by an 8-0 bipartisan vote.

Senate Bill 850, authored by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, would create an eight-year pilot program allowing select community colleges to offer an applied baccalaureate degree in a highly specialized field, such as nursing, automotive and public safety administration.

“California has a workforce skills gap,” Block said. “By 2025 our state will need 1 million more adults with four-year degrees. We need to use all of California’s resources — including our community colleges — to close that gap.”

Community colleges in 22 other states currently offer a baccalaureate program.

Supporters of the bill include veterans, business organizations and community college districts.

The proposal faces likely opposition from CSU, though a spokesman for the system said it has not taken a position on the proposal yet.

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Avatar for user 'thompsonrichard'

thompsonrichard | April 25, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. ― 3 months, 4 weeks ago

"Now the camel's nose is truly under the side of the tent."
Fewer and fewer local community colleges students transfer to UCSD, while that local public distinguished university no longer subscribes to any guaranteed transfer program. UCSD's acceptance rate for freshmen is now 33%. The ones accepted had high school grade point averages bloated by Advanced Placement classes (some public high schools may offer 25 such classes, while others offer few-to-none). The top 9% -- it used to be 12.5% -- of high school graduates are guaranteed admission to the University of California -- but for the most part they're relegated to the "Lesser UCs." UCLA and UC Berkeley accept more and more out-of-state and foreign students. "It's the money, stupid."

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | April 25, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. ― 3 months, 4 weeks ago

Bachelor's in Automotive???

What about liberal arts???

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