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APPLIED BACCALAUREATES IN ILLINOIS COMMUNITY COLLEGES? Debra Bragg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign March 13, 2015.

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1 APPLIED BACCALAUREATES IN ILLINOIS COMMUNITY COLLEGES? Debra Bragg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign March 13, 2015

2 Transfer Pathway Terminal Transfer Baccalaureate

3 Baccalaureate Pathways Transfer Terminal Applied Baccalaureate

4 What is an Applied Baccalaureate (AB)? “Bachelor’s degree designed to incorporate applied associate courses and degrees once considered as ‘terminal’ or non-baccalaureate level while providing students with higher-order thinking skills and advanced technical knowledge and skills so desired in today’s job market.” (Townsend, Bragg, & Ruud, 2009)

5 Community College University Applied Baccalaureate

6 Community College University Applied Baccalaureate

7 National Trend In AB Degrees Number of States

8 National Trend In AB Degrees Number of States

9 APPLIED BACCALAUREATE MODELS

10 Management Model Fastest Growth

11 AB DEGREE PATHWAYS

12 RESEARCH SHOWS… Impetus linked to workforce and political forces (community development) Some applied and transfer degrees very similar Limited understanding - Missed opportunities to communicate about degree pathways Limited outcomes and impact data Mixed perceptions

13 STAKEHOLDER PERCEPTIONS Students Community college personnel University personnel Employers

14 STUDENT PERCEPTIONS Workforce relevant Flexible schedule Affordable Attainable BUT… Will AB degrees lead to good jobs? “I could take my electronics program, the credits from that, and apply it towards finishing the bachelor’s… Flexibility- wise, that’s nice.” AB Graduate “I could take my electronics program, the credits from that, and apply it towards finishing the bachelor’s… Flexibility- wise, that’s nice.” AB Graduate

15 COMMUNITY COLLEGE PERCEPTIONS Expand access Meet local labor market needs Serve communities BUT… Can we afford ABs? Will they confuse institutional identity? CCB degree programs enroll citizens who seek to remain in their communities as employees, taxpayers, and contributing community members.

16 UNIVERSITY PERCEPTIONS Responds to workforce shortages BUT… “Mission creep” Escalate cost New terminal (master’s level) Increase scrutiny of community colleges “People are going to look at you differently. I mean, you’re inviting a whole other level of criticism as a 2-year institution that is rolling out a baccalaureate program.” Community College Interviewee “People are going to look at you differently. I mean, you’re inviting a whole other level of criticism as a 2-year institution that is rolling out a baccalaureate program.” Community College Interviewee

17 EMPLOYER PERCEPTIONS AB = BS/BA Access for diverse students Cross-sector collaborative relationships Qualified workforce Services communities “[The AB helps to] get the right people coming in the door at the right time with the right skills.” AB Graduate Employer “[The AB helps to] get the right people coming in the door at the right time with the right skills.” AB Graduate Employer

18 PUBLIC AGENDA FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS Goal #3: High Quality Postsecondary Credentials Increase the number of people with high quality postsecondary credentials – Close equity gaps Improve pipeline transitions – “associates to baccalaureate degree levels” – Remove obstacles to transfer and bolster baccalaureate completion opportunities Increase the number of postsecondary degrees in fields with critical skill shortages – Examples nursing, allied health, and information technology

19 Illinois Community College Enrollment & Degree Attainment (FY 2013) ICCB 11,921 AAS Degrees 21,746 Transfer Degrees (AA, AS, AAT, etc.)

20 Illinois Community College Enrollment & Degree Attainment (FY 2013) ICCB 11,921 AAS Degrees 21,746 Transfer Degrees (AA, AS, AAT, etc.) Over 47,000 AAS Degrees and Certificates

21 Illinois Community College Enrollment & Degree Attainment (FY 2013) ICCB 11,921 AAS Degrees 21,746 Transfer Degrees (AA, AS, AAT, etc.) Over 47,000 AAS Degrees and Certificates MOST DIVERSE COLLEGE STUDENTS

22 Key Questions Where do Illinois’ “terminal” students go now? What are the associate-to-baccalaureate pathway (degree) gaps? What are the workforce and community needs? How can ABs address economic recovery and college completion goals?

23 Office of Community College Research and Leadership University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Education 51 Gerty Dr Champaign, IL Dr. Debra Bragg

24 OCCRL’s Mission OCCRL researchers study policies, programs, and practices designed to enhance outcomes for diverse youth and adults who seek to transition to and through college to employment. Strengthening Pathways for All Students Through Research and Leadership


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