Can the dual-mission college change higher education?

For institutions with a dual mission — that is, colleges or universities that offer a mix of certificate and two-year programs as well as four-year degrees — there is no single category in the Carnegie system that reflects their unique and emerging position. A dual-mission institution intentionally merges a community or technical college and a four-year university under one roof — or a dual-mission institution could also be a community college that offers four-year degrees.

The dual-mission classification is growing in importance given the momentum in higher education toward the creation of “in-house” academic pathways for students, oftentimes aligned with local workforce and labor-market needs.

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