A bipartisan proposal to allow community colleges to offer accredited four-year baccalaureate degrees has received final approval in the Arizona legislature today. The legislation, first introduced as HB 2523 by State Representative Becky Nutt (R-14), was added as a strike-all amendment to SB 1453, recently passing in the House and today in the Senate.
“Enabling community colleges in our state to offer four-year degrees will make higher education dramatically more accessible and more affordable for Arizonans,” said Representative Nutt. “It fills gaps between Arizona’s universities and community colleges. Arizonans, especially those in rural, low income and middle-class communities, will have more opportunities to help achieve educational and professional goals, whether to pursue a trade, increase career opportunities, or simply gain more knowledge in areas of interest.”
Learn more about the bill’s provisions here.
The bill is on its way to the governor for signature into law.