State measure could allow 4-year degrees at community colleges

Senate bill would set up pilot program for B.A. degree

About 300 college students from San Jose boarded buses Monday and traveled to Sacramento to urge lawmakers to favor a bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees, a spokesman said.

Students from San Jose-Evergreen Community College District rallied support for Senate Bill 850,

which would permit students at two-year colleges to earn four-year degrees, district spokesman Rolando Bonilla said.

The students, who attend one of the district's two institutions, San Jose City College and Evergreen Community College, were scheduled to meet

with South Bay Area legislators including Assemblywoman Nora Campos (D-San Jose) and state Sen. Jim Beall, (D-San Jose), Bonilla said.

The group will lobby for passage of SB 850 as part of the annual "March on March" event at the state capital by students at two-year colleges all over the state to show support for public education, Bonilla said.

SB 850, introduced in January, would set up a pilot program letting each of California's community districts set up one B.A. degree program per campus that would serve an "unmet need" in the area and not duplicate programs at nearby four-year state colleges and universities, according to Bonilla.

Each campus would consider what degree would best suit certain job skills needed in the community they serve, charge a special fee to administer the degree program and may enter into agreements with local businesses to provide educational services, Bonilla said.

The bill, co-sponsored by state Senators Marty Block (D-San Diego) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), would benefit community college students by

allowing them to obtain baccalaureate degrees at a lower cost than tuition and other expenses charged at four-year colleges, Bonilla said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2014 at 11:10 am

Yup. These days it takes some students four years to get an Associate Degree!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm

If this bill allows to receive advanced education GO FOR IT! Education can open doors for students.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

With budget cuts having reduced the number and frequency of course offerings to the point that the 2-year degree takes 3 or more years to obtain, I wonder what magic this proposal will employ.


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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Wouldn't it be nice if our kids could get all the courses needed to move up and out of the house? Where and to whom are our tax dollars going? I would really like them to go to my kids classes ! ! ! I have one who says it will be 4 years at JC, before transferring. Don't we taxpayers matter any more.
Is there any point in decades of work, if it's the offspring of those who didn't bother who get all the 'considerations'.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm


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Posted by Virgil
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Mar 6, 2014 at 8:17 am

Great' now illegals can more free education.

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Posted by Republicrat
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

In theory, the comm-coll system should be incorporated with the CSU system. That being said, our bureaucrats in SAC would do a fine job screwing it an already underperforming system that produces a never ending stream of unemployable graduates....Not all, but most. Yes I can site case after case of employees I have hired from chico SSU etc that are not fit for the real world. Thoughts?

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Posted by CSU Alum
a resident of California Reflections
on Mar 6, 2014 at 10:58 am

Dear Republicrat,

Does not knowing the difference between 'site' and 'cite' qualify as being "fit for the real world?"

And would you hire someone who wrote your second sentence?

Pity the poor CSU Chico grads who work at places with incompetent bosses.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

The JC system saved me a bundle on lower division courses before transferring to a 4-year school to finish my BA in the early 80s. Indeed, the savings made it possible for me to continue on for my MA. Now, any money you save at the JC is offset by having to wait for classes until you are past retirement age.

Ironically, I guess, getting the break that allowed me to get an MA way back then put me in a position to be able to afford tuition for my kids when they got to college.

Increasing tuition and decreasing availability of classes are rendering JCs irrelevant.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Perhaps if a JC can award an AA in some fields then hopefully a curriculum can be structured so that a BA can be completed within a 4 yr. period.

Thus far all I've heard is that somebody is considering a 4 yr. degree program and that such a program might be completed on a JC campus. I believe that it is quite possible to complete a BA program on a JC campus. Perhaps other state university or universities can provide coursework for yrs. 3 & 4. It already happens on some Junior College campuses.

Good Luck working out how it will be structured.

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Posted by Awfulfarder
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2014 at 10:02 am

This is a really bad idea. These BAs/BSs will be commoditized crap.

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