Ohio Budget Expands 4-Year Degree Opportunities

(Columbus, OH) The recently-passed state budget opens the door for bachelor’s degrees at community colleges.

The two-year spending plan includes a clause that allows the chancellor of higher education to approve such bachelor’s degrees under special circumstances. If the community college can demonstrate the degree would serve a workforce need or a growing long-term need, or even a degree program that would demonstrate “a unique approach,” then it may be eligible. 

Traditionally, bachelor's degrees are only available at four-year colleges and universities, but Ohio now has a state university system, set up to allow seamless transfer between schools and other tailor-made circumstances to help regular and non-traditional students.

There's no word yet if Owens, Terra, or Northwest State intend to take advantage of the change.

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