ERIC Number: ED121361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-31
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One Example of the Educational Policy Making System of Pennsylvania.
Heiney, David M.
In 1973, the Pennsylvania Department of Education adopted a policy regarding articulation between the two-year community colleges and four-year state colleges, which recommended that preference for admission to state colleges be given to associate degree holders, and that a D grade obtained by two-year college students be treated by the senior institution in the same manner as D grades of its indigenous students. As of 1974, several four-year and two-year colleges refused to change their practice and accept D grades in transfer. On the basis of interviews with a representative sample of persons from at least eight organizations, groups, and offices involved in the process of approval, this document retraces the steps of how the policy was approved to help clarify the objections to it, and the approval procedure. Most objections to the policy were based on faculty's fear of losing quality within the institution if D grades were transferred. Other questions raised about the policy were why it was binding only on the 14 state-owned colleges, and not on the community colleges, and if the state has the power to set academic policy for the institution. Considering the ineffectiveness of the Department of Education in setting statewide policy, it is recommended that further articulation efforts be interinstitutional. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania