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OC Authorized to Offer Two Four-Year Degrees

Posted on January 3, 2019

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) has authorized Odessa College to offer the bachelor of arts in applied science (BAAS) degree in automation and the BAAS degree in leadership and management.

With SACSCOC approval, planning and scheduling of the coursework and classes for the two new baccalaureate degrees can move forward, a news release said.

The projected start date for classes is spring 2019. SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states for institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degrees.

Two-year institutions such as OC are allowed to offer four-year applied baccalaureate degrees under the provisions of Senate Bill 2118, which passed the Texas Legislature on June 12, 2017, and became effective immediately.

The legislation allows two-year colleges to seek permission from their respective state and regional accrediting bodies to offer bachelor’s degrees in high-demand, workforce-oriented fields.