On February 1, 2014, Bakersfield College petitioned California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris to be a pilot site for a baccalaureate degree under SB 850 - Community College District Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Programs.
Information about this project and Bakersfield College will be posted here as it becomes available.
Documents & Resources
Dear Chancellor Harris:
One year ago, in January 2013, I returned to become the tenth President of Bakersfield College. What I found here at Bakersfield was the same vibrant campus that I knew and loved since my days as math faculty, a campus with a fierce dedication to service in education and a 100-year history of innovation since bringing higher education to the southern reaches of the central valley.
I’m writing to state the obvious, that Bakersfield College should be one of your pilot sites for the baccalaureate degree (SB 850 - Community College District Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Programs). The combination of quality, capacity, dedication, willingness, community need and economic viability make this choice, for me, a self-evident one.
We are widely recognized as having one of the best Associate Degree Nursing Programs. As you know, nursing is a program where successful students are virtually guaranteed a job â€“ healthcare needs new nurses faster than we can train them. The industry is changing however, and Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing are now the standard for entry level jobs in most areas of California. Both the need and the opportunity for Bakersfield College to address that need are immediate.
Bakersfield College is an ideal choice as one of the first community colleges to successfully offer a Bachelor’s degree for all the right reasons. It would build on existing strength to meet fundamental community health needs and build the economy. It would maintain the premise and promise of making our nursing graduates among the best prepared and most competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. And it would continue a proud lineage of educational innovation for the citizens of the South San Joaquin Valley.
Please let me know if I can be of assistance in moving SB 850 forward in any way, as I truly feel offering baccalaureate degrees at California’s community colleges, and Bakersfield College in particular, is important to the health of California’s healthcare system. I believe that this legislation needs to be part of the next California Educational Master Plan. After all, it was Dorothy Donahoe, the legislator from Bakersfield, who in 1958 proposed developing a progressive plan for California’s Higher Education Institutions. So let’s do it, and in 2014, let’s have Bakersfield as one of the pilot sites.
Thank you for your consideration.
Please use the following links to explore our projects and work in these areas:
Bakersfield College has begun a series of conferences, starting in Fall 2013.
Point of Origin holds a data conference once per semester.
Our first equity conference was held in Spring 2014.
For more information about past and upcoming conferences, visit our conference homepage.
In Spring 2014, Bakersfield College is beginning the process of reviewing our Mission.
For more information, visit the Mission Review Team page on the Bakersfield College committee website.
Bakersfield College is developing a College Scorecard on Student Success.
Dr. Christian is initiating discussion about the DREAM Act on the Bakersfield College campus. This includes meetings with Bakersfield College administration, faculty and staff.
The DREAM Act is the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, a package of state laws that grants access to financial aid benefits to students brought into the United States when they were under the age of 16, who do not have proper visas/documentation, and who have attended school on a regular basis and met other in-state tuition & GPA requirements.
Information for students is available on our California DREAMers website, or at http://bcdreamers.wordpress.com (Opens new window):
Our Student Success work is available on our Student Success site.
We have the following resources so you can check out our data and reports:
In Fall 2013, a task force was charged with creating an administrative structure that promotes the values, mission and strategic focus of the college in the 21st Century.
For more information, visit the Reorganization Task Force homepage on the BC Committees site.
Bakersfield College has begun the important and meaningful process of planning for the future of the college.
Our desire to effectively serve the diverse educational and workforce needs of our community is reflected in our mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities. Our commitment to achieve our goals is strong.
As we embark on implementing our plan, we will strive for excellence in meeting the needs of our students, community and staff
For more information, visit the Strategic Planning homepage on the BC Committees website.
For more on our committees, visit our Bakersfield College Committees Portal.