Board unanimously approves pursuit of applied bachelor degree authorization

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Trustees applaud after Chancellor Bruce Leslie announces Northwest Vista was ranked No. 2 of the best two-year colleges in Texas by BestColleges.com. Other  topics of the regular board meeting Dec. 15 included unanimous votes on an agreement with Craig Follins, former Northeast Lakeview president, and adding bachelor degree authorization to the administration's legislative agenda.  Photo by Danielle Kelly

Trustees applaud after Chancellor Bruce Leslie announces Northwest Vista was ranked No. 2 of the best two-year colleges in Texas by BestColleges.com. Other topics of the regular board meeting Dec. 15 included unanimous votes on an agreement with Craig Follins, former Northeast Lakeview president, and adding bachelor degree authorization to the administration’s legislative agenda. Photo by Danielle Kelly

Plan of action for 85th Texas Legislative session it the next stop for Bachelor degree at Alamo Colleges.

By Kyle R. Cotton

kcotton11@alamo.edu

The board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to add the Alamo College’s pursuit of applied bachelor degrees to its legislative agenda.

Chancellor Bruce Leslie said if approved by the Texas Legislature students in applied fields such as nursing, American Sign Language and fire science would have a more affordable and less stressful experience, noting lower tuition than four-year universities and eliminating having to transfer.

Leslie noted universities can’t meet the demand for registered nurses, and American Sign Language at this college is the only program in the state besides the University of Houston. The chancellor and district officials have long been pushing fire science as a bachelor’s program.

District 9 Trustee James Rindfuss said during the Dec. 8 Student Success Committee meeting having applied bachelor degrees will serve the community well and could foster partnering opportunities with business and industry leaders in the San Antonio area.

Leo Zuniga, associate vice chancellor of communications, said the next step would be approaching the Bexar county legislative delegation to discuss a plan of action for the 85th Texas Legislative session in 2017.

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