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ERIC Number: ED188696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-May-28
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Cooperation in Vocational Education Programs: Articulation Is for Real!
Parsons, Michael H.
To reduce duplication of instruction in educational programs and to encourage faculty to cooperate in the smooth transition of students from secondary to post-secondary programs, Hagerstown Junior College and the Washington County Board of Education developed model articulation agreements between secondary and post-secondary programs in the areas of secretarial science, nursing, and distributive education. The development of the agreements involved: (1) an examination of program competencies by high school and college faculty; (2) the determination of the level at which the high school student has met the minimum criteria for completion of beginning college courses; and (3) the establishment of procedures for credentialing the student's competence by means of advanced placement, awarding of college credit, or challenge examination. The evaluation of the articulation process, which involved surveying student participants and monitoring their progress as they completed degree requirements, revealed that the process increased college enrollments and student satisfaction; 85% of the secretarial students, for example, who entered the program via the agreement, came to the college and chose the program because of the articulation process. A project is currently underway to effect system-wide articulation at the program level. The articulation agreement and forms used in the program are appended. (JP)
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Articulation (Education), College Credits, College School Cooperation, Competence, Distributive Education, Equivalency Tests, Evaluation Methods, High Schools, Nursing Education, Office Occupations Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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