What if you could get a your BA at a community college? A 16-member panel is currently considering the idea for some majors. The panel is supposed to present a proposal at the end of the year, and the move would require legislative change as well as additional accreditation.
Many critics state the adjustments would go against California’s Master Plan for Higher Education that was put in place in the 1960s. As well as impose further on a community college system that is having a hard time meeting current student needs for classes and space.
But proponents for the switch say that the focus would be placed on majors with a technical emphasis such as computer engineering and nursing.
If California’s community college system does make the change it would join 21 other states that offer four-year degrees in limited fields.
But even if community colleges can grant 4-year degrees how long will it take to be in place? What would be the majors? What would be the impact to private and public four year colleges? And will the new four year track take away from students still attending community college to get an Associates degree or transfer to another school?
William Scroggins, President and CEO of Mt. San Antonio College
Norton Grubb, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education