Institutions Offering 2-Year & 4-Year Degrees

Article I, Section Y: Four-Year Institutions Which Offer Associate (Two-Year) Degrees

Should a student receive an associate (two-year) degree from an institution that also offers a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, the student is identified with the four-year institution.

The higher education landscape has changed quite a bit since this bylaw was created in the early 1990’s. The intent of the bylaw was to determine how a student might identify for purposes of residency. However, due to the rise of many community colleges offering both two-year and four-year degrees, it is not as clear cut to define an institution’s type based off of its degree offerings.

Therefore, the National Eligibility Committee has determined that a student’s identification with a community college that offers both two-year and four-year degrees will be determined based off of the athletic association affiliation. Meaning, if an institution competes in the NJCAA, the student would be considered to be identified with a two-year institution. This ruling is in line with the similar rulings found in Article V, Section G and Article V, Section H.

Additionally, this ruling dictates if a student were to qualify for the Junior College Exception 2 (for the 24/36-HR Rule). If a student is attending a community college that offers both degree programs, the student would be required to 1) graduate with an associates degree in the last two semesters or three quarter terms of attendance; and 2) the athletic association of the community college must be with a junior college athletics association in order to receive the exception found in the bylaws.


Transfer – Athletic Associations

Case: A student attends a two-year institution in which the athletic programs compete under the NJCAA. This institution has begun to offer numerous four-year degree programs. Is the student classified as a two-year or four-year transfer?

Approved Ruling: The student would be considered a two-year college transfer. The athletic association of the particular institution must be taken into account to consider whether a student is considered a two-year or four-year transfer. Similarly, if the student participated when the two-year institution competes under a four-year athletic association, the student would be considered a four-year transfer.

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