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CORRECTION: CSULA to offer bachelor's degree at COC

Changes fee to $364 per unit

Posted: August 13, 2012 6:12 p.m.
Updated: August 13, 2012 12:47 p.m.


College of the Canyons and California State University, Los Angeles, have a partnership in the works that would offer students a chance to get a four-year biological sciences degree at COC’s Valencia campus.

The goal is to begin the first class in the fall of 2013, according to Cathy Ritz, chief operating officer, foundation and University Center operations.

The center will offer the same courses that CSULA students would be taking, but local residents won’t have to battle freeway traffic to get to the campus, Ritz said.

It’s also a way for the university to satisfy a large community need, she said. “The greatest number of students seeking an associate’s degree are in biological sciences,” Ritz said. “Those students will all take the same set of courses (a CSULA student would), which were selected based on a survey of students.”

The program allows students to pay CSULA’s extended learning fees — roughly $364 per unit — while earning a four-year degree at COC, Ritz said.

For the four-year school, it’s another great way to attract students, said Nancy McQueen, chairwoman of the biological sciences department for CSULA.

The curriculum is currently awaiting approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which the center expects to have in hand within a few months, Ritz said.

The University Center offers 40 programs, including 19 bachelor degrees and a mix of advanced certification programs.

“This is a way to service more students,” McQueen said. “Right now, there’s such a crunch at the university.”

The California State University system is not accepting new students for the spring semester. Officials face a $200 million cut if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-hike plan on the November ballot fails.

There’s an added advantage for students considering the biological sciences degree that they won’t get in most other programs, according to Ritz.

Once an enrollment minimum is reached and classes begin, the center will guarantee a path of course offerings that will lead to a degree.

“The students are guaranteed the class, the classes will not be cut, and the students will be out in two years,” Ritz said.




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