Oregon Senate passes bill that would allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees

Umpqua Community College, March 5, 2018. (SBG)

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow community colleges to offer four-year bachelor degrees.

Senate Bill 3 passed 29-0 on the Senate Floor Tuesday.

The bill would allow community colleges to offer applied bachelor’s degree programs. The programs would need to be approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Oregon currently has 17 community colleges that could be impacted by the bill if it is signed into law by the governor.

Oregon senators say they’re hoping the bill would help more Oregonians in rural areas obtain baccalaureate degrees.

Currently, more than 270,000 students attend community colleges in Oregon for career development, technical, developmental and adult continuing.

In the U.S., 24 states allow community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees.

Senate Bill 3 will now go to the House for consideration.

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