ERIC Number: ED171342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Proposed State Board Standards for Community College Educational Programs Leading to Associate Degrees and Certificates.
Tollefson, Terrence A.
A study of degree/certificate standards of community colleges in 29 states showed wide variations in standards, but also many similarities for three principal associate degrees--associate of arts (A.A.), associate of science (A.S.), and associate of applied science (A.A.S.). These three degrees, plus an associate of general studies (A.G.S.) and an associate of occupational studies (A.O.S.) degree, and certificates for students completing programs not leading to an associate degree were recommended, with content requirements, for approval by the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges. The proposals and the designations and standards that were actually adopted by the Board are provided in this document, which also presents a definition and rationale for general education. According to these standards, A.A. and A.S. programs require 45 quarter hours of general education credit and are intended exclusively for transfer to baccalaureate programs; A.A.S. programs require 18 hours of general education credit and are intended exclusively to prepare students to enter full-time skilled and/or paraprofessional occupations; A.G.S. programs require 24 hours of general education credit, and that each student develop and meet objectives; and A.O.S. programs require 90 quarter credit hours and standards require that each program offer adequate preparation for job entry. (AYC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Denver.