|Posted:||January 4, 2017 09:55 AM|
|From:||Representative Thomas P. Murt|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Authority for Community Colleges to Offer Baccalaureate Degrees (prior HB 1002)|
|I am preparing to introduce legislation that will afford community colleges in this Commonwealth the authority to offer baccalaureate degrees.
Currently, a community college may offer no higher a degree than an associate degree under the Public School Code of 1949 (School Code). As a result, a student seeking a baccalaureate degree must enroll in a college or university that may have cost-prohibitive tuition rates or may be located far from the student’s home, forcing the student to pay for costly room and board or interfering with the student’s family responsibilities. Such barriers may block many qualified students from achieving their educational goals.
My proposal will amend the School Code to grant Pennsylvania community colleges the authority to offer baccalaureate degrees under certain conditions pursuant to standards to be established by the State Board of Education (State Board). Under my bill, a community college board of trustees that wishes to offer baccalaureate degrees would amend its community college plan to include such a proposal, subject to State Board approval. The State Board would be authorized to approve the community college’s request to offer baccalaureate degree programs where both of the following apply:
Introduced as HB807