ERIC Number: ED348080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Arctic College/Athabasca University University Transfer Program: A Review. A Study Conducted on Behalf of Arctic College.
Andrews, Michael B.; Hall, Donald E.
In fall 1988, Arctic College (AC--Northwest Territories, Canada) in collaboration with Athabasca University (AU--Alberta, Canada) initiated the University Transfer Program (UTP) to provide first-year university education for full- and part-time students at the Yellowknife campus of AC. Program content, standards, and instruction were maintained by AU, while AC provided facilities and tutorial and administrative support. Program delivery employed both seminar instruction and home study using AU learning packages. In February 1991, a review was conducted of the UTP, examining program design, delivery methods, and administration, as well as student satisfaction. Interviews were conducted with nine students, five instructors, four steering committee members, the director of special services at AU, and the president and vice president of Yellowknife. In addition, surveys were sent to 275 students active in UTP and 271 high school seniors. Study findings, based on a 20% response rate from UTP students (N=54) and a 32.8% response rate from high school seniors (N=89), included the following: (1) 83% of the UTP students rated the overall program quality and effectiveness as "good" or "excellent"; (2) only 8 of the 89 high school respondents indicated an interest in UTP; (3) UTP students reported administrative difficulties with registration and withdrawal procedures; and (4) UTP students participating in seminar instruction had significantly higher success rates than those involved in home study. Among the detailed recommendations provided are that instructors should receive professional development, and that an explicit rationale for the goals of the UTP must be established. A review of the literature on two-year college transfer and tabulated survey responses are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, High School Students, Higher Education, Independent Study, Instructional Development, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Multicampus Colleges, Participant Satisfaction, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Rural Education, Transfer Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arctic Coll., Arviat (Northwest Territories).
Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton. Dept. of Educational Administration.
Identifiers: Northwest Territories