Applied Baccalaureate Degrees at Community and Technical Colleges


Colleges Play an Important Role

Community and technical colleges play an important role in producing baccalaureate degree graduates in Washington State. SBCTC advocated for community and technical college applied baccalaureate programs to help:

  • Meet state goals for increasing the overall number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to 42,400 per year. The community and technical college system will need to increase the number of their students who transfer to a baccalaureate program to 22,000 by 2030 including 1,400 baccalaureate degrees awarded.
  • Expand the workforce mission of community and technical colleges to serve the needs of local and state employers.
  • Increase educational pathways for professional and technical associate graduates who have been limited in their ability to apply credits toward a bachelor degree.  The workforce student population is comprised of a large portion of people of color, older working adults, and people (women) who are place bound with family responsibilities.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Programs
Currently Offered

Currently, community and technical colleges offer applied bachelor degrees at 15 colleges:

BAS Programs Being Developed for Fall 2015

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for fall quarter 2015:

  • Bellevue College - BAS in Applied Accounting
  • Cascadia College - BAS in Sustainable Practices
  • Clark College - BAS in Dental Hygiene
  • Olympic College - BAS in Organizatinal Leadership and Technical Management
  • Seattle Central College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Spokane Falls Community College - BAS in Informatin Systems and Technology
  • Wenatchee Valley College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BAS Programs Being Developed for Fall 2016

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for fall quarter 2016:

  • Bellevue College - BAS in Molecular Biosciences
  • Columbia Basin College - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BAS Programs Being Developed for Summer 2016

The following programs have been approved by the State Board and are tentatively scheduled to begin enrolling students for summer quarter 2016:

  • Pierce College - BAS in Dental Hygiene

BAS Programs with Statement of Need in 30-Day Review

  • Clark College, BAS in Applied Management-3/27/15 pdf
  • North Seattle College, BAS in Early Childhood Education-3/27/15 pdf

Send questions or comments to Joyce Hammer at SBCTC.

BAS Program Approval Process and Application Materials

Background Information

Applied baccalaureate  programs stem from the 2005 Legislature passing E2SHB 1794, giving the State Board authority to select pilot programs at designated community and technical colleges. As part of the 2010 System Design Plan legislation (SSB 6355), the status of applied baccalaureate degrees offered by Washington's community and technical colleges was changed from pilot to regular status.

In 2012, the Washington State Legislature passed E2SHB 2483, authorizing the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to approve all Applied Bachelor’s degree programs offered by community and technical colleges (RCW 28B.50.810).

Contact

Please contact Joyce Hammer for questions about the program approval process.

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