ERIC Number: ED331559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-27
Reference Count: 0
Challenges of Articulation between Sectors. (Celebrating Leadership for the 21st Century).
Harden, Harold D.
In Florida, the first articulation agreement was made in 1959, guaranteeing the transferability of a set of community college general education courses to the state's universities. A new agreement, accepted by Florida's community colleges and universities in 1971, defined the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree as a two-year transfer degree. This agreement also established an Articulation Coordination Committee, common course numbering, and a common academic calendar. Subsequent amendments guaranteed A.A. degree students admission to the State University System, and guaranteed the transferability of any course in the system. In order to achieve a common calendar, all 28 community colleges and 9 state universities elected to operate on the semester system. Other statewide efforts to improve articulation include the following: (1) all of the universities and a number of the two-year colleges employ designated articulation officers who coordinate articulation efforts and resolve difficulties in the articulation process; (2) university articulation officers participate in annual visits to community colleges to meet with faculty, administrators, and prospective transfer students; (3) each of the universities publishes articulation manuals for community college counselors to help in advising students on admissions and transfer policies; (4) computerized advisement programs help students develop course plans and determine course requirements; and (5) orientation programs and special scholarships are in place to assist transfer students. The continued success of articulation efforts in Florida in the 1990s will depend upon more extensive faculty-to-faculty relations, and greater involvement by chief executive officers. (PAA)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Advisory Committees, Articulation (Education), College Planning, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational History, Educational Legislation, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Policy Formation, State Action, State School District Relationship, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at Florida State University's National Conference "Celebrating Leadership for the 21st Century" (Tallahassee, FL, March 27-28, 1991).