CMC seeks approvals for two new bachelor’s programs
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Colorado Mountain College’s board of trustees on Monday unanimously agreed to direct college leaders to pursue final accreditation to offer bachelor’s degrees in business administration and sustainability.
The move to seek the necessary approvals from the Higher Learning Commission and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education is the next step in CMC’s effort to begin a limited number of bachelor’s degrees starting in fall 2011.
In May, the six-county community college district received the OK from the Colorado Legislature and Gov. Bill Ritter to offer up to five bachelor’s degrees. But that was just the first of several complex steps required before CMC can begin offering the new programs to students.
“It started with the legislation, but since then we’ve had 15 different teams looking into the various aspects of the accreditation process,” Dr. Stan Jensen, president of CMC, said after Monday’s board meeting in Glenwood Springs.
“We’re also sending in a large change request to the state and the Higher Learning Commission that will change our mission, to not only continue to be a community college but to add these two baccalaureate degrees,” Jensen said.
That process is expected to take until sometime next spring, he said.
“By April we should know for sure, and be able to advertise and market these programs for next fall,” he said.
CMC is proposing to offer five different majors in business administration and three major areas involving sustainability, such as green building practices and design and renewable energy.
The college is also eventually looking at implementing bachelor’s degree programs in teaching certification and health care, including nursing. However, the accreditation process for those programs will take longer, Jensen said.
Student and community surveys done at the time CMC began working toward offering bachelor’s degrees indicated that business administration had the most interest, he said.
“It was all based on data-driven decision-making,” he said of the decision to seek the business and sustainability degree programs first.
The college has already begun seeking national accreditation for a four-year nursing program, but that process could be as long as two or three years, Jensen said.
Teacher certification also involved a year-long accreditation process. CMC is hoping to begin offering four-year teaching degrees by the fall of 2012, and nursing degrees as soon as fall of 2013, he said.
A fifth bachelor’s degree program for which CMC was authorized to pursue has not yet been determined.
In the Roaring Fork Valley, CMC has campuses in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Aspen councilman gets tongue lashing from colleagues for email suggesting answers for housing survey
A survey asking for public outreach on the city of Aspen’s Lumberyard affordable housing project is the subject of controversy among the city’s elected officials.