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MCCCD Receives HLC Accreditation for Baccalaureate Degrees


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  • Maricopa Community College District   |   Baccalaureate Degrees

The Maricopa County Community College District Has Received Accreditation Approval From The Higher Learning Commission For Seven Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) has received accreditation approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for seven bachelor’s degree programs. MCCCD is proud to be the first community college in Arizona approved to offer bachelor’s degree programs under the S.B. 1453 legislation signed by Governor Doug Ducey in May 2021.

The awards are:

· BAS, Data Analytics and Programming: Mesa

· BAS, Information Technology: Phoenix

· BAS, Nuclear Medicine Technology and Computed Tomography: GateWay

· BAS, Public Safety Administration: Phoenix and Rio Salado

· BA, Early Childhood Education – Dual Language: Mesa

· BA, Elementary Education and Special Education: Glendale, Paradise Valley, and Rio Salado

· BS, Behavioral Sciences: South Mountain

“MCCCD remains focused on expanding programs that further support Arizona’s education attainment goals, helping 60% of adults attain a postsecondary credential or degree by 2030,” said MCCCD Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “Our seven bachelor’s degree programs will provide affordability, flexibility, and career-focused subject matter to prepare our students to enter a number of high-demand professions.”

Committed to providing affordable and accessible education at all levels, including bachelor’s degrees, the next steps for MCCCD include receiving approval for Federal Financial Aid funding and establishing course tuition rates and fee schedules before the Fall 2023 course registration opens in March.

MCCCD baccalaureate degrees will be similar to other MCCCD degrees and certificates:

· Designed to get students to their educational and career goals

· Affordable at less than a third of university tuition

· Taught by experienced, awarded, and recognized faculty

· Offered in state-of-the-art facilities with small class sizes and the hands-on experiences our students have come to expect

· Offered at convenient locations via flexible delivery formats.

“We are thrilled the Higher Learning Commission has approved these bachelor degrees at the Maricopa Community Colleges,” said MCCCD Governing Board President, Marie Sullivan. “Through hard work, diligence, and perseverance, the Maricopa County Community College District continues to serve as a model – offering significant resources to our growing student population,” continued President Sullivan. “As the first community college in Arizona to provide these degrees, MCCCD continues to lay the foundation for others to replicate around the state and nation.”

For up-to-date information about MCCCD’s Bachelor’s Degree Programs, visit www.maricopa.edu/bachelors-degrees.

About the Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten individually-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs. The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, with its donors and partners, supports the Maricopa County Community College District, its students, faculty, and staff, through scholarships, programs, equipment, and financial and human capital. Visit http://www.mcccdf.org to learn more.