The governing board of California's community college system on Tuesday gave initial approval to 15 of the colleges to offer bachelor's degrees. The selected programs were picked from 34 applicants in part because they meet an unaddressed workforce need, the system said. They include bachelor's degrees in health information management, dental hygiene and industrial automation, among others. Lower-division courses in the programs will feature California's standard community college tuition, which is $46 per credit. Upper division courses will be $84 per credit, which should result in a total price of $10,000 in tuition and fees for a bachelor's degree.
California in 2013 began moving toward allowing its 112 community colleges to consider offering four-year degrees. The move was sold as a way to increase public higher education's reach and capacity. The Legislature passed a related bill last August. California will be the largest of more than 20 states where some community colleges can now offer bachelor's degrees.
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