ERIC Number: ED263934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating the Transfer Process: The Need for Better Articulation between Two and Four Year Colleges.
Fairweather, Malcolm; Smith, Mary E.
It is generally acknowledged that all parties benefit from efforts to facilitate the process of student transfer from two- to four-year colleges, yet there are very few institutions with formalized transfer articulation agreements. The greatest deterrent to the development of such agreements is the considerable commitment of time and effort that is required to conduct the course-by-course analyses that serve as the foundation for the whole transfer articulation process. While determination of course content and overlap can be done individually on each participating campus, it is vital that personal face-to-face contact be made between representatives of each program. This contact facilitates the exchange of precise information, the adjudication of problems, and the development of a professional network among the participating faculty members. An example of the effectiveness of this process is provided by the State University College at Plattsburgh (SUCP), which decided to formalize its articulation agreements with all of the community colleges in New York State in the mid-1970's. An important aspect of these articulation efforts was the decision to place the articulation agreements in a format that could be easily understood, readily available, and quickly updated. The time and effort involved in initiating this system was great, but once completed very little effort has been required to maintain and update it. Appendices include samples of transfer articulation agreements between SUCP and a community college for particular programs. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Plattsburgh. Center for Earth and Environmental Science.