ERIC Number: ED201365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-10
Reference Count: 0
Articulation between Two and Four-Year Institutions.
Conroy, David E.
In an effort to aid students with math skills deficiencies, while at the same time circumventing faculty and public resistance to the inclusion of remedial courses in four-year college curricula, George Mason University (GMU) entered into an articulation agreement with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), whereby NVCC offers sections of its developmental math course on the GMU campus. Planning the agreement involved a coordinated effort among administrators, faculty, and students at both institutions. It was decided that the sections to be offered would utilize, as is, the individualized, programmed methods in use at NVCC. In addition to minimizing curricular revisions, this decision allowed for the continuous registration of university students who initially attempted a college-level math course and then encountered difficulty. Other planning considerations included: synchronizing NVCC's quarter system with GMU's semester calendar; facilitating in-class registration of students; and achieving agreement as to the interpretation of NVCC's grading system for university prerequisites purposes. NVCC retained complete control of the instructional facets of the course and selected its most experienced faculty to teach the first sections of the course to assure its initial success. Although the agreement has only been in effect since Fall 1980, it has proved a valuable tool for enhancing service to GMU students and is to be expanded with a testing and placement procedure. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: George Mason University VA; Northern Virginia Community College
Note: Paper presented at a National Conference on Remedial and Developmental Mathematics in College: Issues and Innovations (New York, NY, April 9-11, 1981).