ERIC Number: ED358900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-28
Community College Non-Liberal Arts: Implications for Transferability.
To gain a more complete understanding of the community college curriculum, the Center for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), in Los Angeles, California, augmented its 1991 national study of liberal arts courses, with a 1992 study of non-liberal arts courses. Data were drawn from the same 164 community colleges that responded to the 1991 survey, representing 68% of those initially contacted. Specifically, the study examined the ratio of liberal arts to non-liberal arts courses; the percentage of non-liberal courses that are transferable to four-year institutions; and how transferability varies between comprehensive colleges/universities and research universities in California, Illinois, and Texas. Study findings included the following: (1) a total of 104,565 course sections were tallied in the two studies, 45,360 (43.4%) of which were coded as non-liberal arts offerings; (2) the categories of non-liberal arts courses were business/office skills (24.6% of non-liberal offerings), personal skills (19.1%), trade/industry (18.6%), technical education (18.2%), health (10.2%), marketing and distribution (3.4%), education (2.5%), engineering technology (2%), agriculture (1.2%), and home economics (0.2%; (3) in California, 61.7% of non-liberal arts courses were transferable to the California State University, while 28.9% were transferable to the research oriented University of California, with similar transfer disparities found between comprehensive colleges and research universities in Illinois; and (4) trade and industry courses do not transfer at high percentages, but personal skills and avocational (especially physical education) courses do. Data tables and a non-liberal arts taxonomy are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Credits, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Course Content, Curriculum Research, Data Collection, Definitions, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, National Surveys, Research Methodology, Research Universities, State Universities, Technology, Transfer Policy, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Council of Universities and Colleges (Portland, OR, April 28, 1993). Adapted from the monograph "Curricular Trends in Community Colleges: Implications for Transfer" by Arthur M. Cohen and Jan M. Ignash.