Bachelor’s Programs Bringing Opportunities to Rural Arizonans
Lidia Tripiccione and Ivy Love, New America
In 2021, Arizona became the 25th state to allow community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees. As of today, 15 such programs are on their way to launching in the Grand Canyon State.
Most will be housed in large, urban community colleges, but rural-serving colleges are also building bachelor’s programs tailored to their community’s needs. In this interview, two leaders of rural community colleges in Arizona discuss what the process has been like for them and what’s on the horizon.