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SBCTC Policy Manual
Chapter 4: Instructional Program and Course Development


4.20.00 Degree Requirements

The content of the curricula and other educational and training programs (see RCW 28B.50.090(7)(c)).

Certificates, associate degrees and secondary awards: The requirements for degrees, certificates, and high school diplomas awarded by the state’s community and technical colleges must follow guidelines established by the SBCTC and degrees designed for transfer must follow one of the two statewide transfer agreements, the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) Agreement; or one of the Major Related Programs (MPR) pathways or represent a local agreement between the college and at least one baccalaureate institution willing to accept the degree in transfer (see Professional/Technical Program Approval Process; Current Guidelines for DTA Associate Degree, Current Guidelines for the Associate in Science – Transfer Agreement).

Baccalaureate degrees: The SBCTC may authorize some community and technical colleges to award applied baccalaureate degrees, that is bachelor’s degrees designed to provide additional education for graduates of applied associate degree programs by providing advanced technical course and/or management courses along with additional general education course work (see RCW 28B.50.810).

4.20.10 Community and Technical College PostSecondary Awards

The State Board authorizes community and technical colleges to award diplomas, certificates, associate degrees and at authorized colleges applied baccalaureate degrees (see RCW 28B.50.140 (12)). Appendix D: Guidelines for Reporting to SBCTC Degrees, Certificates and Other Program Completions have been implemented that provide information on postsecondary program completions, the high school diploma as a high school-level award, completion of federal apprentice programs and alternative certifications and completion of individually tailored workforce programs.


Policy History

ActionDescriptionRevision Date
Passage of SSB 5104 (2008) 4.20.00 updated to include applied baccalaureate degrees 8/15/2008
SBCTC Resolution 02-09-16 Board approved Policy Manual 9/19/2002

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