Baccalaureate Degrees Offered by Public Institutions of
Higher Education in the State of California


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) assert that any baccalaureate degree offered by a public institution of higher education in the State of California be limited to the California State University or the University of California; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, Academic Senate of the University of California, California Community Colleges’ Office of the Chancellor, California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, University of California Office of the President, University of California Board of Regents, Chairs of Senate and Assembly Higher Education Committees.

RATIONALE: A study group within the California Community Colleges (CCC) is exploring the efficacy of offering its own baccalaureate degrees. The group is poised to present the results of the study to its Board of Governors, and the result may be to pursue legislative action in that regard. Neither the ASCSU nor the University of California (UC) Academic Senate was made aware of these efforts. The ASCSU is troubled by this lack of communication and requests transparency regarding this matter, which has profound implications for public higher education in the State of California.

The California Master Plan for Higher Education and the Donahoe Higher Education Act establish the roles and statutory authority for all three segments of public higher education. Given that the CSU has been granted permission to offer professional and applied doctorates, granting authority to the CCC to confer baccalaureate degrees may seem analogous. However, prior to proceeding, the CSU ascertained that the UC was not interested in developing or expanding its degree offerings in the professional areas of interest to the CSU. The ASCSU believes any segment must determine whether another segment is already committed to meeting a specific workforce need before seeking to meet that need itself.

The ASCSU also holds that the existing curricular expertise and support infrastructure of the CSU and UC segments better allow these segments to serve the interests of Californians seeking a public baccalaureate degree.

Finally, the ASCSU argues, in the event that there is an unmet need identified within the State of California for baccalaureate degree offerings, the CSU and the UC should be provided with the opportunity and resources to meet the need.

Approved Unanimously – September 20, 2013



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