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Prime Question

* Are their legal guarantees that community college prime mission students will continue to have open, affordable access to quality education?

Asset Allocation Questions

* If higher education funding is limited, is it better to provide associate degree and or occupational education to as many as possible or to provide low cost baccalaureate degrees for a few?  (Higher education attendance is price sensitive.)
* How will duplication of community college and state university programs and facilities be avoided? 
* Will the state universities be given a first right of refusal reference the community college desired baccalaureate majors?
* Will community colleges be allowed to offer the same baccalaureate majors that local state universities offer?
* As state aid is required, should pricing of the community college baccalaureate degree be set equal to "the local state university price," both to minimize aid required and eliminate undesired price competition?

Baccalaureate Questions

* Will the state provide oversight and assurance that the baccalaureate degrees are accredited?
* Will the baccalaureate degrees be geared to full time students, part time students or both?
* If a program is terminated what happens to the students who have not completed the bachelor degree requisites?
* Can a community college offer baccalaureate degrees in majors in fields for which they do not offer associate degrees?
* Can community colleges offer baccalaureate degrees in majors where they have limits on associate degree enrollment, e.g. in fields where qualified associate degree applicants are turned away due to lack of facilities and or funding? 
* Will community colleges with 4-year degrees be allowed research programs required to attract and keep the better upper level professors?  

Financial Questions

* Have you avoided providing financial incentives that drive bachelor degrees to be prioritized over the community colleges prime mission?
* Will state funds be available for the proposed baccalaureate degree programs?

* Who will set the baccalaureate degree price, local boards or state boards?
* What is the out year financial projection for the community college and for the summation of all state community colleges? 
* Is the state implied financial obligation to its community college prime mission being met?
* Is the state's implied financial obligation to its universities being met?
* To teach 300 and 400 level classes will require a higher ratio of full time to adjunct faculty.  Is the increase in cost included?
*  Most community college deans have no upper level teaching supervision experience.  Are hiring and training costs included? 
* Start up costs are real; have they been adequately projected? 
* Are funds for expansion and operation of the library included?
* To end a baccalaureate degree major requires a longer lead time when part time students are enrolled than when full time students are enrolled. Have end of program cost contingencies been planned?
* Will state baccalaureate funding be available for equivalent programs at all state community colleges? 
* If state baccalaureate funding is only available for some community colleges, how will it be equitably allocated? 
* Will the baccalaureate program have to fund its share of the community college's overhead?  How will this be controlled?  Will comingling of funds be permitted?
* If there is a shortage of state funds, will diversion of local funding to the baccalaureate programs be allowed?
* If there is a shortage of state baccalaureate funds, will prime mission student tuition and fees be protected, or may they be used for the 4-year programs?
* Would the baccalaureate programs allow for out-of-district or out-of-state students?  Will the tuition and fees be different for these students?
* If there is a shortage of baccalaureate funds, can local taxing authority be used?
* Will a local referendum be required or allowed to obtain baccalaureate funding?
* If there is a shortage of baccalaureate funds, can local taxing authority be used?
* Many state universities must keep a fixed tuition for their students.  If that is now required will it be required for the community college baccalaureate degrees?
* Will research program costs for professors teaching upper level courses be required?

Matriculation Questions

* Will the baccalaureate degree courses be transferable to state universities and or other community colleges?
* Will the community college baccalaureate degrees allow admittance to state graduate schools?
* What happens to part time 4-year students if enrollment in that major falls too low or funding is not available for the community college to continue the program?  Will the state assure funding to completion for those students?
* What happens if a community college baccalaureate student moves to a district that does not have their major?  What if the move was forced by their job being moved?  Will "charge-back" fees be allowed or required for out-of-district students?

Mission Questions

* Can a community college offer baccalaureate degrees when they do not have the facilities and or funds to serve their prime mission students?
* What rules are in place to protect the prime mission students?
* Considering future demography, does the community college have the facilities to house the baccalaureate program without affecting its prime mission?
* Is being on a "prime mission facilities waiting list" compatible with having the space for baccalaureate programs?
* Who is denied higher education at the community college if there are not enough funds and or space, 4-year students or community college students?
* If the unemployment rate increases, community college enrollment will increase.  Has this contingency been accounted for?
* Can public funds appropriated for the prime mission students be used directly or indirectly for the baccalaureate degrees? 
* Can foundation funds donated for the prime mission students be used for baccalaureate degree programs?
* If the baccalaureate degree is to fill an employment need must it be a better solution than expanding an associate degree program?  E.G., a BS RN program for associate degreed RNs will not add RNs to reduce the shortage, expanding the AS RN will.
* How do you keep a survey," to document demand and or need," from being influenced by a universal desire for lower cost higher education and the low cost perception associated with community colleges?

* Community colleges have had open enrolment; does this continue with 4-year programs?  Alternatively, are admission requirements to be held to standards comparable with those in 4-year institutions?

Pilot Program Questions

* If one community college is approved to start a baccalaureate  program, how will other community colleges that desire a pilot program proceed? 
* What goals will be used for success?   Granting a degree is a given and does not require a pilot program, i.e. most high schools could award a some selected associate degrees!
* When the pilot program suceeds will that community college and all others in the state be authorized to start baccalaureate programs?
* Is a pilot program financially sustainable?
* What happens to existing students in a pilot program if it ends or is terminated?
* What happens to the pilot program if its space is needed for prime mission students?
* Will the completed work of students be transferable to other degree conferring institutions within the State?  Should a transfer agreement exist before a pilot program is approved?

Political Questions

* How will the low price community college 4-year degrees stay limited to a few majors?
* How will board members and legislators respond to the following question?  Why do these majors get low cost, quality local degrees and other majors (us) have to pay a higher price at state universities?  "Don't we pay the same taxes as they do?" 

* Is it possible for some of the state's community college districts to have 4-year programs without the others?  How is this politically ethical?
* In states that have separate higher education boards, whom does a community college report to when it offers baccalaureate degrees, the community college board, the higher education board or both? 
* If a state's community colleges are allowed to grant baccalaureate degrees, should a state with two higher education boards consolidate them?
* If at some future time, there are not enough funds and or space, who is denied higher education at the community college, 4-year students or community college students?  
* Will redistricting be considered in equalizing community college baccalaureate availability?
* How will the state avoid price wars between state institutions and community colleges?
* Will there be any limit on the use of public funds to lobby for baccalaureate degree granting authority and or expansion? 
* Is the use of foundation funds donated for community college prime mission acceptable, for this lobbying or to fund the baccalaureate degree program?