Two-year colleges trending away from 'community' name

Kylie Lacey's picture
Monday, March 24, 2014

Community. It's a word with positive connotations. We hear it, we think of a place where people live together, or of a group's shared interests.

It's a good thing. Yet some colleges have decided to rid their names of that word. Does "community college" carry a stigma? Or is something else going on?

It is something else, a way to more aptly describe a school's offerings.

Colleges in Washington state that recently dropped community from their names all grant a specific type of bachelor's degree, a bachelor of applied science. For students who have two-year technical degrees, a bachelor of applied science degree is a fairly new offering from schools that have traditionally been two-year colleges.

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