ERIC Number: ED370643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Upper-Division Collegiate Offerings on Community College Campuses and Implications for Restructuring American Postsecondary Education: A Report to the National Council of State Directors of Community and Junior Colleges.
Martorana, S. V.
To gather data on the place of community colleges in the overall structure of American postsecondary education, a study was conducted of state-level administrators of community colleges regarding the practice of baccalaureate degree-granting institutions offering programs of upper-division collegiate credit at community colleges. Administrators were queried as to the level of practice and the extent of interest raised by the issue as well as whether or not there was a stated policy bearing on the activity. Initial responses were received from 33 states, analysis of which indicated that in the majority (n=13) there was some practice but no policy. Following distribution of a preliminary report and requests for validation of findings or further information, responses were received from 16 states. Four states indicated that the preliminary report was accurate, while three disagreed with their placement in the practice/policy matrix. In addition, nine new states provided information on practices and policies related to the issue. An analysis of additional responses received as of May 1993 validated the three general findings of the preliminary report. First, the practice is fairly widespread, with 35 out of 41 states reporting four-year offerings on college campuses. Second, the practice has not yet attracted widespread policy attention, with 26 states indicating no policy. Finally, neither the level of practice nor the strength of related policies can be described as high except in a few states, such as Florida and states where community colleges are an integral part of the state university system. Contains 19 references. (KP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Advanced Courses, Articulation (Education), Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Institutional Cooperation, Intercollegiate Cooperation, National Surveys, Program Content, Research Design, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council of State Directors of Community-Junior Colleges.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: For a preliminary report, see ED 355 990.