To: Community College Baccalaureate Supporters and Friends:
Chancellor Judy Miner and I are elated and pleased to share with you the good news that this afternoon Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 927 into law. This is truly an historic decision that will set a bold, new direction in California’s system of public higher education. Community colleges will now be able to develop and offer bachelor’s degrees in workforce fields.
A little bit about the rationale for this. California now joins the other 24 states nationally that empower their community colleges to offer the baccalaureate, recognizing that the associate degree in a number of workforce fields is becoming or has become obsolete as employers and professional associations increasingly require bachelor’s-level training while, at the same time, public universities do not offer these programs. Since workforce education is one of the top community college missions, filling this gap is both practical and appropriate within the existing mission. Moreover, most community college students are “place-bound,” and are unable to leave their local communities to pursue educational opportunities elsewhere in the state or nationally.
In California, the community college baccalaureate pilot program involving 15 colleges has been massively successful, demonstrating the following:
The degree programs are accessible since they can be pursued at the local community colleges.
Let me summarize exactly what AB 927 does:
There is much more to be shared in the future about this remarkable development in California’s higher education future, but I would like to close this announcement by expressing heartfelt appreciation to everyone who made this today’s outcome possible. Our coalition has been extraordinary and all of you who participated are part of our ultimate success. Thank you to:
In the months ahead, you will hear more from the CCC Chancellor’s Office regarding process and timelines. You will also be hearing from our relatively new organization, the California Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCCBA), which will provide technical assistance, professional development, information, webinars, conferences, connections, and other support for colleges interested in developing baccalaureate programs. We will be providing support to the CCC Chancellor’s Office and we will be provide information about the lessons-learned by community college baccalaureate providers in other states via the national Community College Baccalaureate Association. Information about the CCCBA officers and board members is attached.
Let me close by saying that this has been an emotional day for me personally. Judy Miner and I are proud to have chaired this statewide advocacy effort, which has been at times a roller-coaster ride. Along with most of you, we have all been on an important and difficult journey together fort the past 7 years. However, our belief in what the community college baccalaureate can do for our students and local communities has been the impetus for our continuing effort. And, guess what – We did it!
Dr. Constance M. Carroll
President & CEO
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