Associate of Science guidelines
The Associate of Science is a degree that Oregon community colleges can award to prepare for transfer to a baccalaureate program area or to a specific institution.
CCWD Definition: 'Associate of Science' is defined as a state approved associate degree
that is intended to prepare students to transfer to an upper division baccalaureate
degree program in areas such as Business, Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. The
Associate of Science degree is often designed to meet the requirements of a specific
receiving institution. OAR 589-006-0050 (8)
(Source: Oregon Community Colleges Handbook and Planning Guide)
However, the value in the degree is in the design of the degree towards one of these goals. In 2011-12, the Academic Affairs Committee defined an approval process for AS degrees that meet the state's criteria, and meet the spirit of the intent of the degree. There are two types of approvals: 1) If the AS degree is designed for a single instance and the likelihood that another student will follow is slim, then the proposal is reviewed by CAP Services Director and then referred to the Registrar for approval; or 2) if the AS degree is designed for multiple uses, and the proposer would like the degree to display in the catalog, then the proposal is reviewed by CAP Services Director and then referred to the Curriculum Committee for approval. Both degrees can be viewed in GradTracks.