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Applied Bachelor Program Approval Process

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BAS Degree Approval

1. Notice of Proposal

Before any Statement of Need is submitted, please notify SBCTC of any intent to offer an applied baccalaureate degree program (include title, implementation date, and 1-2 page overview) so that it can be posted to the Interinstitutional Committee for Academic Program Planning grid for higher education notification.

Model Notice of Proposal

2. Statement of Need

Upon receipt of the Statement of Need, SBCTC staff will:

  • schedule a discussion between the State Board and college administration
  • provide notice to higher education institutions of the Statement of Need

System colleges and universities have 30 calendar days to express concern or ask questions.

Colleges must submit the program proposal within 12 months of SBCTC receiving the Statement of Need. If the proposal is not received within 12 months, the Statement of Need is void.

Model Statements of Need

3. Program Proposal

When 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.

Model Proposals

BAS Policies

Tuition and enrollment reporting


Jamilyn Penn
Director, Transfer Education


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. 

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