As Weatherford College’s sesquicentennial year closes, a new era for the college has begun with the official authorization to confer four-year baccalaureate degrees.
Officials with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) have notified Weatherford College of a level change whereby WC is now authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. The THECB also announced the final approval of WC’s proposed Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program, beginning in the Fall 2020 semester pending Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation.
“The transition to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution is a historical milestone for Weatherford College,” said Dr. Tod Allen Farmer, WC president. “This is a major win for our area businesses in need of a highly qualified labor pool. It will undoubtedly help our private sector to flourish and grow our regional economy.”
In response to high-demand career fields, the state recently began authorizing some community colleges to become baccalaureate-granting institutions. Each college must go through a rigorous approval process to offer four-year degrees, and tuition for the junior and senior-level courses must remain the same as lower-level courses.
“Weatherford College students will soon be graduating with high demand four-year degrees.” Farmer said. “They will now have the opportunity to earn a high-quality education at a fraction of the price of a university-based education. The BSN is the first of several more affordable four-year degrees to come in the near future.”
The BSN program was endorsed by the Texas Board of Nursing in October. The nine-course, online program will be geared toward students who have completed their Associate Degree in Nursing and can be completed in as little as one year.
On Dec. 12, the WC Board of Trustees granted college administrators approval to begin work on creating a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree Program in Organizational Leadership. If approved, the program would begin in the Fall 2021 semester.