Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Closing the Degree Divide. (Last Word)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Closing the Degree Divide. (Last Word)

Article excerpt

For a large number of students in higher education today, there is much more than a digital divide. There is also a "degree divide"--lack of access to a bachelor's degree for place-bound students and students who are mining for skilled-work positions. Thousands of employers want workers with certified skills beyond those they can get in their first two years of college, but many students are prevented from earning a bachelor's degree because it is not available in their professional specialty or where they happen to live.

This problem is similar to the famous dilemma described by Dr. Dale Parnell in his book The Neglected Majority. The problem Parnell laid out for us--that many people do not go on to college from high school--is the same situation we face today. Eighty percent of adult Americans do not possess a bachelor's degree. This would not be as great a concern if we had no strong economic competition around the globe, but we face growing challenges. In a world thick with multinational financial organizations and free-trade zones, money has become international, and our educational system must be world-class.

The community college baccalaureate has a bright future as the primary vehicle to add strength to the U.S. economy and to expand professional and career development opportunities for people throughout the United States. America can be a more competitive international market in this new century with highly skilled workers in a worldwide entrepreneurial environment. Globalization creates the need for a new kind of bachelor's degree.

It is now a proven certainty that community colleges can offer excellent bachelor's degrees. Colleges in Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, Utah and other states are already offering community college bachelor's degree programs. These are work-force degrees with support from public and private employers. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.