Assembly Bill 927
Author: Assemblymember Jose Medina
Title: Community Colleges: Statewide Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program
League Position: SUPPORT
Click here to read the bill text
What does the bill do?
- Removes the pilot program status for baccalaureate degrees offered by the community colleges and makes the authority permanent.
- Removes the restrictions limiting only 15 districts to participate, with each district only being allowed to offer one degree.
- It still requires consultation with the CSU and UC, including an assessment of the degree to determine if it is duplicative of an existing baccalaureate offering.
Why does it matter to the colleges and our communities?
- Allows colleges to develop degrees that address regional needs and lead directly to employment opportunities.
- Degrees would be affordable, half the price of a CSU degree at around $10,000 over four years and significantly less than comparable programs at for-profit institutions.
- By allowing students to earn a baccalaureate degree, graduates would make more and have a greater chance to advance in their chosen profession.
What is the ask?
Send a letter of support to Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to sign the bill into law. For a template letter, click here.