Governor signs bill to let Arizona community colleges offer some 4-year degrees

By: | May 5, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law a bill to allow community college students to earn some bachelor’s degrees without attending another higher education institution.

All community colleges in the state can now offer four-year programs, but those in Maricopa and Pima counties have to complete a financial analysis and prove doing so would not duplicate existing programs at Arizona State University or the University of Arizona.

Public universities can respond to community colleges that seek to add programs, but the new law “does not allow a public university to prevent a community college from offering a baccalaureate degree.”

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