A push to allow students to get some kinds of four-year degrees at Michigan community colleges is facing a roadblock at the state capitol.
Community colleges want to offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing and a handful of other fields. Michigan universities oppose letting community colleges offer four-year degrees.
But state senators are concerned the state constitution may not allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees. So for now, the bill is on hold.
Mike Hansen is the president of the Michigan Community College Association. He says the writers of the state constitution were a little vague on what could be taught at the community college level.
“I wonder why they didn’t just say…shall not offer baccalaureate degrees…in the constitution," says Hansen, "I think the reason they didn’t do that was so the legislature can make that decision.”
Hansen is optimistic the state senate will brush aside the constitution question and approve the bill.