As of April 13 the college name became effective publicly as Bellevue College, with the introduction of the new logo.
The kick-off began with a meeting where Jean Floten, president of the college, spoke about what the desires and accomplishments of the college are as of now, as well as handing out t-shirts and “gimmies” supporting the new logo.
The college first notified the state last November, which were followed by hearings to gather public comments, held on February 11, and the College Board of Trustees approved the name change March 11.
“Because many people associate ‘community college’ with associate degrees only, we want our first baccalaureate graduates to have Bellevue College on their diplomas,” said Floten.
The college launched its Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences program in Fall 2007. Hoping to resolve the increasing problem of students having complications not receiving baccalaureate-level educational programs in that field came noticeable from studies and discussions with local healthcare leaders.
“At some point we hope to be able to offer bachelor’s degrees in additional fields.” Floten said. “ The widening gap between the space available in baccalaureate programs, on the one hand, and the needs of the state residents and employers on the other, harms our economy and the quality of life in our community.”
The name change is independent of the bills intorduced in the Washington State Legislature to allow the college to award additional bachelor’s degrees.
Bellevue College will remain part of the state community and technical college system and will continue to fulfill its community college mission, which is to provide an open door to higher education to all who are eligible.