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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The cost-effectiveness of baccalaureate programs at two-year public colleges: A policy option to support the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011
by Davis, Christopher Scott, LP.D., Northeastern University, 2012, 66; 3531369
Abstract (Summary)

The unanimous passing of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 highlights the need to create a cost-effective pathway to baccalaureate degree growth.

Using an exploratory case study design, this study compared the cost-effectiveness of two baccalaureate degree programs offered by institutions in the State University System of Florida and in the Florida College System. I found the total expenditure per student credit hour was less in the two baccalaureate programs in the Florida College System and their degree growth rate was higher than institutions in the State University System of Florida. The analysis of two Florida Statutes indicates support for community college baccalaureate programs.

I conclude that the community college baccalaureate degree is a cost-effective pathway to increase degree growth and should be considered as a policy to enhance the goals of the Act. I recommend that the Virginia General Assembly and the Governor authorize a pilot project for one two-year public college to offer a baccalaureate degree program and to enact statutes similar to Florida.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Conn, Kelly J.
Commitee: Pritchard, Robert D.
School: Northeastern University
Department: Law and Policy
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: DAI-A 74/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Education Policy, Economic theory
Keywords: Community college baccalaureate, Cost effectiveness, Degree growth, Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011
Publication Number: 3531369
ISBN: 978-1-267-72755-8
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