After three meetings among state lawmakers, community colleges and four-year institutions, state Sen. Nancy Todd said progress has been made in an effort to allow the two-year schools to grant a limited number of four-year degrees.
"What happened last year is that it was the lobbyists doing the talking. This time, I wanted to be at the helm and bring our adversaries together in the same room," Todd said. "I think we're in a more positive place than last year. There have been some very good conversations."
A bipartisan bill dealing with the issue was narrowly defeated in the House during the last legislative session. The bill, co-sponsored by Todd, D-Aurora, would have allowed community colleges to award certain baccalaureate degrees, provided there was a need that wasn't being met by four-year schools.