A recent article in the New York Times reports that many community colleges are morphing into four-year institutions offering Bachelor’s degrees.
Part of this is about money. Part is about offering professional certifications and diplomas in vocational training (fire science, certain kinds of nursing, teaching, and the like). We are likely to continue to see this trend.
But where did it all start (in my opinion)? The decline of vocational training in high school has pushed this sort of education up into higher education.