When authorizing community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in 2007 the legislature intended for these degrees to serve students enrolled in professional-technical education. This report explores the extent to which programs serve the intended population, how demographics relate to program enrollment, and enrollment shifts over time. Students enrolled in community college baccalaureate programs overall look very similar to the student professional-technical population and programs are largely serving intended students, however, demographics are highly related to academic programs. STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] programs, growing rapidly in response to workforce needs, are serving younger students and fewer underserved students of color than other programs.
Meza, E. A. (2019). The Community College Baccalaureate in Washington: Who Enrolls? Data Note 2. New Baccalaureate Series. Community College Research Initiatives.