About Us

The purpose of community college baccalaureate programs in California is to address workforce needs where employers now require or prefer a bachelor’s degree for employment eligibility (rendering some existing associate degree programs obsolete), and to do so by offering programs that are not offered by and do not duplicate programs at the public universities of California: the California State University and University of California systems.


As background, 25 states have enabled their community ‘colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees. This is not an effort to turn community colleges into four-year institutions. These degree programs are for the purpose of preparing students for specific jobs in the workforce, in fields for which employers and professional organizations now either require or strongly prefer a bachelor’s degree, rather than an associate degree, for employment eligibility. These are also fields in which public universities do not offer programs and do not plan to offer programs.
In 2014, with our support, then Senator Marty Block, successfully initiated a pilot program through Senate Bill 850 that allowed 15 California community colleges to each offer one bachelor’s degree program in a workforce field. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 850 into law. 32 colleges made proposals and 15 were approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office based upon several criteria, including the demonstration of workforce need and the colleges’ ability to implement these programs without additional State funding.

These programs are up and running still today, and are successful

In 2018, then Senator Jerry Hill took up our cause and successfully introduced legislation to extend the life of the pilot program by extending the sunset date. In 2019, Senator Hill took the next step by authoring legislation, SB 874, that was designed to make the 15 pilot programs permanent, by eliminating the sunset date, and also to expand this opportunity to all of California’s community colleges, via a rigorous review and approval process in the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Unfortunately, with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, all non-essential legislation was eliminated from last year’s legislative session and SB 874 was one of the casualties.

For the 2021 legislative session, Assemblyman Jose Medina, chairman of the Committee on Higher Education has introduced Assembly Bill 927, which is essentially the same bill authored by Senator Hill in 2019.

The bill will primarily do three things

Make the existing pilot programs permanent.
Expand the opportunity of offering baccalaureate programs
It would strengthen communication and consultation between the CCCCO and the public universities.
The bill also incorporates many suggestions that were made in the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) reports on the baccalaureate pilot program. Assembly Bill 927 is now proceeding through the legislative process, beginning with the Assembly, moving to the Senate, and then being proposed to the Governor.


The California Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCCBA) is a collegial organization that is dedicated to developing, promoting, and strengthening community college baccalaureate programs in California.

CCCBA will provide regular information, a newsletter, technical assistance, professional development, legislative advocacy, conferences, and other activities pertinent to baccalaureate programs.

CCCBA will also collaborate with California’s community colleges and the system office and will maintain a close relationship with the national Community College Baccalaureate Association.


President & CEO
Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D.
Chancellor Emerita
San Diego Community College District

Board of directors

Judy Miner, Ed.D.
Foothill-De Anza Community
Vice Chair
Pamela T. Luster, Ed.D.
San Diego Mesa College
Larry Galizio, Ph.D.
Community College League of California


Sunita V. Cooke, Ph.D.
MiraCosta Community College
Dolores Davison
President, Academic Senate
for California Community Colleges
Professor & Chair, History & Women’s Studies
Foothill College
Jason Dixon
Department Chair, Professor
Engineering and Systems Bakersfield College
Andrew Dowgiert
Professor, Program Director
Health Information Management
Shasta College
Francisco Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Los Angeles Community College
Kevin Trutna, Ed.D.
Feather River Community College