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Progress Report: Many Options Implemented for Baccalaureate Degrees at Florida’s Community Colleges , Report No. 07-26, April 2007
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  • The Legislature, Board of Education, and Board of Governors have implemented several options presented in OPPAGA’s 2005 report on community college baccalaureate degree programs.  These options included strengthening the review process for community college proposals to offer baccalaureate degree programs, providing incentives to encourage universities to offer degrees on community college campuses, defining the types of baccalaureate degrees community colleges may offer, and developing a common definition of Bachelor of Applied Science programs. 
  • There is ongoing discussion on proposals to create additional four-year baccalaureate degree institutions.  The recent Board of Governors consultant report recommended that Florida create a system of four-year colleges by providing incentives for universities to focus on undergraduate education, transforming some university branch campuses into separate four-year institutions, inviting some private institutions to become public, and transforming some community college baccalaureate degree programs into stand-alone colleges.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 05-20 Authorizing Community Colleges to Award Baccalaureate Degrees Is One of Several Options to Expand Access to Higher Education, published in April 2005.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Community Colleges
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
State University System
Board of Governors

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