Bachelor’s Degrees through Community College?

I am not hosting this free event, but will be attending and am inviting you to sit in with me as we hear experts talk about this growing trend. Going into this event, my opinion is strongly against the idea, but let’s hear what they have to say- it might even change my mind! Learn more below.

The country faces a reckoning with systemic racism and an economic crisis fueled by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, jobs created in the recovery from the Great Recession were much more likely to require a bachelor’s degree than the jobs that were lost. Yet research tells us that minoritized people of color are disproportionately less likely to have a bachelor’s degree than white peers and face stubborn income and wealth gaps.

The community college baccalaureate (CCB) could be a part of the solution. Twenty-three states now authorize at least one community college to confer bachelor’s degrees, with six joining this group in the last three years. The lower cost and local labor market relevance of these bachelor’s degrees makes them a key way to address economic inequity and the increasing credential requirements likely to occur in the recovery from our current recession.

In spring 2018, the Center on Education & Skills at New America (CESNA) and Community College Research Initiatives at the University of Washington embarked on an ambitious research agenda on CCB degrees. Our work has culminated in a number of publications and presentations, from a CCB state policy guide to analysis on labor market outcomes of CCB graduates in Washington and Florida.

Please join the Center on Education & Skills at New America from 2–4 p.m. ET on October 1st for a virtual public event in conjunction with the publication of our latest research. We’ll hear leader perspectives on the value of the CCB, research presentations from our team, and a live panel of CCB students and recent graduates speaking about their experience in these programs.


Round-Robin on the State of the CCB

Anthony Carnevale@georgetownCEW
Director, Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

Sameer Gadkaree@Gadkaree
Senior Program Officer, Joyce Foundation

Gregory Haile@bc_president
President, Broward College

Holly Zanville@hollyzanville
Strategy Director for the Future of Learning and Work, Lumina Foundation

Additional speakers TBD

CCB Research Presentation

CCB Student and Graduate Panel

This event will provide closed captioning.

Register at this link (the event is free)


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit

One thought on “Bachelor’s Degrees through Community College?

  1. California allows community colleges to be approved to offer bachelor degrees if the area they are in has a need that the local universities are not providing for.

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