POLITICS/EDUCATION: California community colleges, momentum building, four-year bachelor's degrees: "Bachelor degrees from community colleges on California horizon"....
* Oakland Tribune: "Bachelor degrees from community colleges on California horizon" - From the OT:
California's community college students could soon stay put -- and pay a lot less -- to earn what they thought they would have to go elsewhere to get: a four-year bachelor's degree.
As the demand for college graduates grows, many states are turning to their two-year schools for help -- and California might do the same, allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees that aren't readily available at nearby public universities. "Now is the time to look at what innovations might be good for the state, and what might actually save us money in the long run," said state Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, whose Senate Bill 850 would authorize the change.
The startup would be small scale -- just one program per campus for a select few college districts.
But big questions remain about cost, tuition rates, faculty credentials and whether bachelor's degrees would divert community colleges from their mission as California's two-year steppingstone to four-year campuses or trade jobs. And both critics and advocates worry the state won't adequately fund the programs.
Previous bills have gone nowhere in the Legislature, but the state budget outlook has improved, and momentum is building.......................