The Chairman of the House’s Public Works Committee, Grand Bassa County District #3 Representative Matthew Joe, has submitted a bill that seeks to elevate the status of Grand Bassa County Community College to a university.
In a communication, Rep. Joe informed Speaker Bhofal Chambers, and the colleagues of his bill to repeal the 2008 act creating the college to establish in “lieu thereof a Grand Bassa University College and a charter.”
Rep. Joe further that the administration of the college and other stakeholders have worked assiduously with the National Commission on Higher Education to prepare the college in meeting university standards.
“Upon completion of its assessment of infrastructure facilities, academic programs, financial sustainability plan, and staff development plan, the NCHE has agreed for the elevation of the GBCCC to offer Baccalaureate degree programs,” Rep. Joe added.
In the above foresaid, Rep. Joe has asked the indulgence of plenary to pass the bill to elevate the college to a four-year degrees granting institution.
Reps. Thomas A. Goshua, II; Mary Karwor and Sir. Vicent S.T. Willie, II, all from Grand Bassa County are the co-sponsors of the bill.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has voted for the communication and bill to be sent to the Joint Committee on Education and Public Administration; Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Judiciary to report within two weeks.
So far, only two counties—Nimba and Grand Bassa, are seeking amendments for their community colleges to be upgraded to four-year degree-granting institutions.
Therefore, the Joint Committee on Education snd Public Administration; Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning, and Judiciary are scrutinizing an Act to Repeal the 2010 Act Creating the Nimba County Community College; and also a 2008 Act Creating the Grand Bassa County Community College.
After scrutiny, the Joint Committee is expected to report to Plenary either for a passage or rejection.