Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Opportunity for California CCs to Offer Bachelor Degrees in ICT

STATE OF CALIFORNIA                                                                             
1102 Q street, Suite 4554
Sacramento, Ca  95811-6549
(916) 445-8752


Date:               October 22, 2014

To:                   Chief Executive Officers
                        Chief Instructional Officers
From:              Pamela D. Walker
                        Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Subject:          Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program Certification of Interest

On September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 850 (Block) authorizing up to 15 California community college districts to offer a single Baccalaureate degree on a pilot basis. The Board of Governors (BOG) of the California Community Colleges (CCC) is charged with developing a process for the selection of those pilot colleges, along with other aspects of implementing the initiative.  The establishment of affordable, accessible, and quality Baccalaureate degrees at community colleges is important for two primary reasons: 1) to assist the state in meeting the need for individuals in high demand technical disciplines which are increasingly requiring baccalaureate degrees; and 2) to increase college participation rates and improve workforce training opportunities for local residents who are unable to relocate because of family or work commitments.

The Chancellor’s Office is soliciting interest in participating in the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program. This program would meet local unmet workforce needs as long as it does not duplicate a Baccalaureate degree program already offered by the California State University or the University of California systems. Participation is limited to one degree per community college district. These programs will commence no later than the 2017-18 academic year with a completion date by 2022-23. Additionally, each Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program will be developed using the district’s current financial resources.

To inform the policy development of the CCC Baccalaureate Initiative, the Chancellor’s Office brought to Consultation Council a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) outline and a proposed implementation timeline. At the November BOG meeting, Chancellor Brice Harris will recommend a process for identifying and selecting the 15 pilot colleges, including a timeline and a RFP. The RFP will only be sent to those CCCs that have submitted their Certification of Intent.

ACTION/DATE REQUESTED:  Please submit the Certification of Interest form (click here to access form), to confirm interest in participating in the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program by Wednesday, November 12, 2014, and send to:

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Kathy Carroll/Academic Affairs Division
SB 850 Baccalaureate Degree
1102 Q Street, Suite 4554
Sacramento, CA  95811-6539
916-324-6701 - Facsimile

Thank you,
Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

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