ERIC Number: ED330401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Status Report on Community College Baccalaureate/Transfer Program Review: Fiscal Year 1990.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
In fiscal year 1989, the Illinois community colleges conducted the first review of the general education component of their baccalaureate/transfer degree programs. This review, to be performed every 5 years, involved an extensive and diverse range of activities, and many colleges had difficulty completing the first review in a year's time. As a result, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) requested that summary updates be provided by the colleges each fiscal year. This 1990 status report presents questions regarding transfer programs directed from the IBHE and includes a summary of the responses obtained from individual community college reports. The questions concern the extent to which Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degree graduates achieved the college's objectives for degree completion; the extent to which the teaching environment, academic policies, support services, and campus life influence student achievement; strengths and weaknesses of the college's transfer program; and efforts being made to enhance the baccalaureate transfer programs. Among the reported findings are the following: (1) 26 colleges had completed a revision of their AA and AS degree general education requirements; (2) assessment was in the early stages of review on most campuses; (3) faculty development programs were receiving more emphasis each year; and (4) additional academic and student support services and improvements in campus life experiences were contributing to transfer students' success. A summary of 1990 baccalaureate/transfer program improvements at individual colleges and a list of minimum general education requirements for AA degrees in Illinois community colleges are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Planning, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Faculty Development, General Education, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Statewide Planning, Student Personnel Services, Transfer Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.