QUINCY — The city’s municipal community college will soon begin awarding four-year bachelor’s degrees for the first time.
The decision to add a bachelor’s degree in business management to the two-year college’s offerings is part of an effort to help stabilize the school, which has seen declining enrollment and financial difficulties.
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“This is unquestionably a defining moment in the history of Quincy College,” Quincy College President Richard DeCristofaro said in a statement. “Nothing is more important than reinforcing our commitment to the ideals of access and affordability, and the unique opportunity to offer students a bachelor’s degree program truly sets us apart among the state’s two-year institutions. .”
Because Quincy College is independent of the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges, it can offer four-year degrees, unlike other community colleges.
The program will be offered in person and online.
College officials have been striving to offer a four-year degree for about a decade. The school this year received approval from the state Department of Higher Education and the New England Higher Education Commission – a regional accrediting institution – to offer the degree.
Enrollment for third-year courses in business management, the college’s most popular subject, will begin in January. Quincy College officials hope to attract students from across the state who are looking for an affordable business management degree.
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“I look forward to an exciting new level of engagement with our business management students and providing them with more direct and guided pathways to achieve their educational goals,” Servet Yatin, the college provost, said in a statement. communicated.
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