The applied baccalaureate degree: The right time and place

Collin M. Ruud, Debra D. Bragg, Barbara K. Townsend

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The applied baccalaureate degree, which integrates once-terminal applied associate degrees and course work into a four-year degree, is a relatively new phenomenon in higher education. This article presents findings from the first of two phases of research conducted-utilizing Kingdon's (1995) Multiple Streams framework-exploring the status of these degrees in both traditional associate- and baccalaureate-granting institutions and the policy context surrounding their implementation. Results of two purposefully chosen state-level cases showed implementation of applied baccalaureate degrees happens when an individual or a group of individuals drives the conversation toward the adoption of such degrees. It is a combination of the right time and place, as well as the right people, that make the applied baccalaureate degree a reality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-152
Number of pages17
JournalCommunity College Journal of Research and Practice
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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