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
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