The purpose of this paper is to discuss various issues surrounding the community college baccalaureate. In 2009, President Barack Obama provided a vision to increase graduation rates for students across the nation and challenged higher education to double the number of college degrees conferred nationwide by 2020. In addition, the President urged the country's 1,200 community colleges to be instrumental in this initiative, as they have the capacity to provide the education necessary to produce a competitive workforce. In 2011, the dialogue continues and intensifies. At the 2011 Building a Grad Nation Summit, Vice President Biden issued a call to action to boost college graduation rates across the country and help the nation meet the President's goals. He states, "Right now we've got an education system that works like a funnel when we need it to work like a pipeline:'
With student demand for higher education outpacing opportunities to earn degrees, particularly in rural areas, community colleges may find themselves strategically placed to provide accessible and affordable degrees with convenient geographic locations for place-bound students. Many questions, however, need to be addressed before community colleges adopt baccalaureate programs, if indeed they choose to do so.