Budget fears doom community college 4-year degrees

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Bachelor's degrees won't be available at Colorado community colleges any time soon.

A House committee on Monday killed a bill that would have allowed two-year colleges to offer select four-year degrees.

The Senate had approved the legislation, which would've opened the door for community colleges to offer bachelor of applied science degrees in fields like dental hygiene or mortuary science.

Proponents argued those fields aren't taught at Colorado's four-year colleges and universities. Supporters also said the bill would provide students in rural areas better access to four-year degrees.

But legislators seemed concerned the state's higher education budget could not support adding degree programs at community colleges. An estimate on the bill's potential costs wasn't given.

Lawmakers called for greater collaboration between community colleges and four-year universities to meet students' needs.


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