College of DuPage is pushing for state legislation that would allow Illinois community colleges to offer four-year degrees.
At their last meeting, COD’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved to support the measure, which would give the college the right to award Bachelor of Applied Technology and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.
College of DuPage’s president, Dr. Robert Breuder, has formed and is leading a commission, which includes 14 other community college presidents, to study the national baccalaureate movement.
“We will look at the various states that have already authorized community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees: what they authorized, how they went about it, what the limitations [and] the expectations are as evident in those existing states to find out if that has an implication here in Illinois,” said Dr. Breuder.
The commission plans to make a recommendation to the Illinois council of community college presidents in Springfield in late summer or early fall as to how to move forward.
Currently 22 states allow their community colleges to offer select bachelors degrees.
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