Alabama community college to begin offering ‘rogue’ community college degree
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— The Alabama community and university system announced Monday that it is expanding its program of offering “rogue” community college degrees.
The College of Community and Human Services is seeking to expand the program from its current two campuses to offer a bachelor’s degree in public administration, which it describes as an associate’s degree and a certificate.
The new master’s degree program would take in students who are eligible for the community college equivalency program and who would receive a certificate of completion in public service and administration.
The new associate degree program, which is the first of its kind in the state, would provide a degree in community service and management and would include courses in administration, community development, workforce development, health and wellness, public administration management and management information systems, public relations and marketing, community health and safety, human services, business administration and economics.
The college said the new program would be available in 2019 and 2020, with the first two years being open to all students in the fall semester.
The community college system announced the expansion of its master’s program in August and is now seeking to enroll all students by the end of 2019.
College of Community & Human Services Director of Administration Brian Brown said the expansion would expand access for students to community colleges, adding that the new programs would be offered through the public service delivery system, which would allow students to complete an associate degree online, instead of on-campus.
“The opportunity to work in the community service delivery sector would provide students the skills they need to be successful in the workforce,” Brown said in a statement.
The expansion of the master’s programs comes after a string of scandals involving administrators and students.
In January, an investigation by the state’s Office of the Inspector General found that former Alabama State Auditor and former chief operating officer of the Birmingham Public Schools (BPS) David McCollum lied to the Alabama Board of Education about his employment at BPS, and that his office and BPS administrators lied to lawmakers about the nature of his duties.
The university’s administration, meanwhile, has been embroiled in controversy over allegations of sexual harassment.
Last week, a former BPS employee filed a lawsuit accusing the school of sexual assault, with two former students who said they were assaulted by McCollums office and the school’s administration.
An investigation by ABC News also found evidence of a pattern of inappropriate behavior toward students at the school by administrators, including an investigation into allegations of a student who was sexually assaulted by one of McCollings office staff members.
BERKSHIRE, Ala.— The Alabama community and university system announced Monday that it is expanding its program of offering “rogue” community…