The university-center baccalaureate degree in California: a multiple case study

The community college baccalaureate and the university-center baccalaureate models are gaining traction in the state of California as alternatives to addressing the need for greater access to baccalaureate degree programs and to increase the baccalaureate-educated workforce. Little is known about the characteristics and factors associated with the university-center baccalaureate model that exists in California; specifically, there is an absence of standard criteria for measuring the effectiveness of the models in place. Therefore, a multiple case study was conducted to examine the 3 university-center baccalaureate model programs in California to develop an inventory of characteristics, identify common indicators of success, and develop a model evaluation plan for university-center baccalaureate programs. The case analysis led to a cross-case comparison that identified common characteristics, unique characteristics, and typology-based descriptions (Floyd, Skolnik, & Walker, 2005). Based on the results of the study, recommendations were made for the development of a university-center baccalaureate program in California, common indicators of effectiveness for university-center programs in California were presented, and a model evaluation plan to serve as a template from which other university-center baccalaureate programs could use was developed.