ERIC Number: ED231420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-25
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the High Technology Challenge through Articulation: A Discussion of Inhibitors and Enhancers of Vocational Curriculum Articulation.
Knight, Mary M.
Articulation between educational institutions should ideally specify exit-level competencies for student passage from one educational level to another, and thus avoid course repetition and facilitate credit acceptance. Unfortunately, this has been successfully effected in only a few instances involving a limited number of programs. Greater progress has been made between community colleges and universities than between comunity colleges and county-level vocational schools. Examples of successful articulation agreements in Florida include a mandate that associate in arts degree transfer students be classified as juniors upon transfer, and a common course numbering system assuring equal credit for community college and university courses. The sole instrument, however, for effecting articulation between school districts and community colleges is the coordinating council. Two case studies, conducted in a quasi-rural and an urban county in Florida to determine the effectiveness of vocational curriculum articulation, revealed: (1) a picture of distrust and competition between the vocational-technical school and community college in the quasi-rural county; and (2) an equal lack of cooperation in the urban county despite a longer history of articulation. Solutions to these problems will require cooperation among administrators, the involvement of college personnel in decision making, and clearer lines of responsibility among state agencies. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (63rd, New Orleans, LA, April 24-27, 1983).