ERIC Number: ED396794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-14
Reference Count: N/A
State Policy on Associate Degree Programs Offered at Public Institutions.
Indiana State Commission for Higher Education, Indianapolis.
In response to a perceived need to increase the number of students completing associate degree programs and enhance the offering of associate degree programs, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education developed a policy on associate degree programs offered at public institutions. Specifically, the policy is designed to clarify degree designations and content, facilitate transfer credit so that as many students as possible will have the opportunity to continue their postsecondary education, and sharpen institutional missions. The policy divides associate degrees into the following four categories, each with a clear and unique objective: (1) Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, designed to transfer to a broad range of arts and science baccalaureate programs; (2) Associate of Science in a designated major, designed for transfer to specific, related baccalaureate programs and employment; (3) Associate in Applied Science in a designated major, designed primarily for employment; and (4) Associate of General Studies, designed primarily for transfer for the relatively small number of students who cannot pursue one of the standard degrees. With respect to implementing the policy, two-year institutions offering the associate degrees are responsible for initiating discussion of transfer arrangements with other institutions, while four-year institutions are responsible for communicating any requirements in curriculum design to two-year institutions. (MAB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Commission for Higher Education, Indianapolis.
Note: Prepared as Decision Item A for a meeting of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (Indianapolis, IN, June 14, 1996).