Applied Bachelor’s Degrees
Applied bachelor’s degrees are practical, career-oriented degrees offered at Washington State’s Community and Technical Colleges. They are designed to meet the needs of the economy in specific, high-demand fields and provide expanded opportunities for both graduates and employers by incorporating upper-division coursework to an applied field. They can vary from a two-year management track on top of a two-year technical education or they can be a continuation of a technical degree.
These programs provide a clear pathway for students who may be place-bound or have challenges finding a transfer opportunity. They are beneficial to employees already working in a technical field who wish to be promoted to higher level management or specialized positions which may require a bachelor’s degree.
Graduates have strong employment results and increased earnings, according a study conducted by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). SBCTC approves applied bachelor’s degrees offered by two-year colleges, sets high standards for program quality, and outlines specific steps to follow before approval is granted. Among other things, colleges must prove their programs are needed by employers and are not already offered in the area by a four-year university. These programs must also be connected to a Center of Excellence.
Following SBCTC approval, each proposed applied bachelor’s degree is evaluated for regional accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and by the U.S. Department of Education for federal financial aid compliance.
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