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Collin College Plans to Introduce Three Baccalaureate Degrees

June 1, 2017 – After questions developed over amendments added by the House of Representatives, SB 2118 relating to authorization by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs was referred to Conference Committee.  The conferees reported the bill out of Committee on May 28 and with a vote of 28-3 in the Senate and 134-8 in the House, the Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 2118. If Governor Greg Abbott approves, the bill will become a law, allowing Collin College to offer three baccalaureate degrees: a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, a bachelor of applied technology degree, and a bachelor of applied science degree. 

The U.S. is facing a critical shortage of registered nurses with BSN degrees, and the situation is just as dire here in Texas.

“Texas is projected to have a shortage of close to 60,000 nurses by 2030,” said Dr. Bob Collins, founding trustee and chair of the Collin College Board of Trustees. “Collin College is well equipped to become an integral part of the solution with state-of-the-art facilities and an outstanding faculty. Offering baccalaureate degrees aligns with our mission and vision to deliver a brighter future for our students and communities.”

Collin College continues to have a first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) that is close to 10 percent higher than the state and national averages. The college was the first program in Texas to receive a National League for Nursing Center for Excellence (COE) designation. Exceptional performance extended the designation through 2019. Only 2.2 percent of the U.S. nursing programs earn this prestigious title, and Collin College is the only community college to receive this designation.

“We are grateful to Senator Kel Seliger and Representative Sarah Davis, co-sponsors of the bill, and deeply appreciative for the support of Senators Taylor, Hall, and Estes, andRepresentatives Laubenberg, Holland, Shaheen, Leach and Sanford,” said Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president. “Their support will allow us to serve the community in a much-needed, expanded capacity. To achieve this new endeavor, we will listen to our community, as we did with our master plan, and proactively respond to the Collin County workforce needs.”

Dr. Matkin said this accomplishment would not have been possible without the foundation established by previous Collin College Presidents Dr. John Anthony and Dr. Cary Israel.

Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.