House passes bill for 4-year community college degrees. See more state education and legislative news here

| February 23, 2021

By Howard Fischer • Capitol Media Services

Arizona’s community colleges may have the best chance ever of finally being able to offer four-year degrees to their students.

With only three dissenting votes, the state House voted Monday to permit community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees to students. The measure now goes to the Senate.

If ultimately successful, the move would cap years of efforts by advocates to find alternatives to what some consider to be both expensive and inconvenient programs for residents to get four-year degrees at one of the state’s three universities. Similar measures have faltered for at least the last quarter century amid stiff opposition from members of the Arizona Board of Regents who have argued there is no need.

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