Senate Bill 850-Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program


UPDATE (August 28, 2014):  SB-850 has passed through the state Senate (Ayes-77, Noes-0) and the state Assembly (Ayes-32, Noes-0).  As of 8/28/2014, SB-850 has been enrolled and presented to the Governor for signature.

To view SB-850 as presented to the governor, please click here.


In January 2014, Senator Marty Block (D-39) introduced a bill in the California State Senate that would potentially allow for community college districts to offer baccalaureate degrees. For many community colleges, this is long-awaited legislation which aims to address a level of demand beyond the associate degree level that is not being met by the four year institutions in California. Senator Block has modeled SB 850 after similar baccalaureate degree programs from 21 other states in which community colleges have offered upper division courses and degrees that are not otherwise available by attending four year institutions.

To see more information regarding SB 850, please visit the California Legislative Information website.  This site provides information regarding the history of SB 850, as well as the bill as amended and current status of the bill.