ERIC Number: ED342435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Practices and Trends in Academic Transfer.
Donovan, Richard A.
Transfer Working Papers, v3 n3 Mar 1992
During the 1980's, two landmark transfer projects were funded by the Ford Foundation. The Urban Community College Transfer Opportunities Program (UCC/TOP) aspired to increase the number of minority students transferring to and succeeding at four-year institutions. Many of the practical strategies developed during participating colleges, such as inter-session and summer programs with four-year colleges, honors programs, and enhanced communication between two-year/four-year faculty, remain pertinent. Later, the Ford Foundation funded the National Center for Academic Achievement and Transfer to expand upon the successful models created during the UCC/TOP project. Three institutions, Laney Community College in California, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Virginia, and the Houston Community College System in Texas, have been involved in both projects. The steady, collaborative efforts of these colleges underscore the following national trends: (1) awareness of partnerships is surging; (2) meetings between two- and four-year college faculty are increasingly common; (3) partnerships are expanding to include more institutions; and (4) academic partnerships are expanding vertically as well as horizontally, and partnerships are increasingly emphasizing math and science. If such partnerships are to realize their full potential secondary schools should be involved, reading and writing collaboration must not be ignored, and semester-length programs and interdisciplinary partnerships should be investigated. (AC)
Descriptors: College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Program Descriptions, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
National Center for Academic Achievement and Transfer, American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. National Center for Academic Achievement and Transfer.