ERIC Number: ED345802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
"Limited Access" Programs: Exceptions that Threaten the Florida Higher Education Articulation Agreement.
Williams, Elizabeth Grace
Florida's Higher Education Articulation Agreement, established in 1959, has long been recognized as a model of a state-coordinated, integrated system of public higher education. But explosive population growth combined with three years of state budget crises, resulting in $155 million of cuts to higher education, have threatened this system of 28 community colleges and 9 state universities. A study was conducted in the spring of 1992 at the University of Florida, Gainesville (UF) to determine the effect of the increased use of "limited access" admission criteria in upper division programs and colleges within UF on state-mandated articulation policies. Research included an examination of primary information sources and documents, a historical review of secondary sources, and interviews with several UF deans and undergraduate student advisors. Key findings included the following: (1) since undergraduate enrollment caps were implemented in 1986, the percentage of community college students admitted to UF has dropped from 13% to 10%; (2) in 1991, UF admitted 51.1% of its native students into limited access programs, but only 26.9% of the community college transfer students; (3) admission figures for students meeting or exceeding minimum requirements were 95% for native students and 86% for Associate degree transfer, but native students were 2.74 times as likely than transfer students to be admitted even though they did not meet minimum program standards; and (4) given the number of fully qualified students rejected by limited access programs, the figures suggest a preference for admitting lesser qualified native students over fully qualified community college transfer students. Ten detailed recommendations, and a 33-item bibliography are included. (JSP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Discrimination, Educational Mobility, Enrollment, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Interviews, Retrenchment, Selective Admission, State Standards, State Universities, Transfer Policy, Two Year Colleges, Upper Division Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.