BAS Degree Approval
1. Idea Stage
Prior to submission of a new applied baccalaureate (BAS) degree program or an existing degree program for a new location or new modality, please notify SBCTC. In the notification, include program title, implementation date, and a 1-2-page overview. The information will be posted to the Interinstitutional Committee for Academic Program Planning (ICAAP) grid for notification to both two-year community and technical colleges and four-year institutions.
2. Degree Proposal Stage
In the Degree Proposal Stage, colleges will prepare and submit a Statement of Need to SBCTC. Upon receipt of the Statement of Need, SBCTC will:
- Schedule a discussion between the State Board and college administration
- Provide notice to both two-year community and technical colleges and four-year institutions of the Statement of Need
System colleges and universities have 30 calendar days to express concern or to ask questions about the Statement of Need.
Colleges must submit the Program Proposal within 12 months of SBCTC receiving the Statement of Need. If the Program Proposal is not received within 12 months, the Statement of Need is void.
- Statement of need form (20-page limit)
- Applied baccalaureate degree supply/demand gap rubric for colleges(Required)
Statement of Need Models
- BAS Mechatronics Engineering Technology and Automation, Clover Park Technical College
- BAS Teacher Education, Lower Columbia College
- BAS Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Edmonds College
After a college submits a program proposal, SBCTC staff has 90 working days to complete the paperwork and recommendation to the Board.
Note: These time frames may be modified based upon negotiated agreements between SBCTC and the college as needed to secure a fair and deliberate process to approve degree programs.
- Program proposal form (30-page limit)
- Minimum general education requirements for applied baccalaureate degrees
- Applied baccalaureate external review rubric
- BAS Business Management, Pierce College
- BAS Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Walla Walla Community College
- BAS Information Technology Networking, Whatcom Community College
3. Waiting for External Approval
When a college has presented a BAS proposal, the institution must await final approval by the SBCTC Board prior to program implementation. The college will work in conjunction with the Director of Transfer Education to answer any questions related to this process.
- SBCTC Policy Manual, Section 4.20.00 Degree Requirements
- SBCTC Policy Manual, Chapter 4 – Appendix D: Applied Baccalaureate Degree Approval Process
- Applied Baccalaureate Degree and Certificate Policy
Tuition and enrollment reporting
- Current tuition for applied baccalaureate degrees
- Upper and lower division tuition calculator (college access only)
- SBCTC Policy Manual, Section 5.90 Tuition and Fees
- SBCTC Policy Manual, Section 5.90.50 International Students
Applied Bachelors in Development
Colleges continue to develop applied baccalaureate programs to help meet community demand. See which BAS programs are still under development.
Current Applied Bachelor Degree Programs
Applied baccalaureate degrees currently offered at Washington state community and technical colleges.
Last Modified: 3/22/21, 1:36 PM