A plan to let community colleges offer four-year degrees is in the works, although not all scholars think the proposal adds up.
After years of watching tuition go up, state lawmakers are considering a somewhat drastic move to make four-year degrees more affordable. They'd give community colleges the right to grant baccalaureates.
Many of the state's well established universitites oppose the plan. But even educators from two year programs aren't all on board. They're reserving judgement until compensation is ironed out.
California could follow the blueprint from one of 21 states that started letting community college programs gain four-year accredidation. If California makes a move, it will present the state's 2.4 million college students with some interesting options, and perhaps more affordable choices.