ERIC Number: ED378380
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-16
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Articulation of Technical-Vocational Education with Bachelor Degree Programs.
Too many four-year colleges and universities have failed to develop policies for recognizing knowledge gained outside four-year college programs. Several universities are, however, beginning to respond to the needs of adult learners with years of experiential learning (EL), especially that acquired through work experience or on-the-job training. One such institution is Wayland Baptist University, which since 1976 has offered a bachelor of science in occupational education that provides up to 12 semester hours of credit for EL. Institutions desiring to offer bachelor degree programs that are articulated with community college programs must begin by developing an articulation plan that has been carefully designed to meet accrediting agency criteria. This requires adherence to the following criteria: decisions regarding the awarding of credit must be made by qualified faculty; sources of credit must be sufficiently documented to ensure that credits are academically comparable to credit earned by traditional means; credit is awarded only for documented EL that ties the experience to the academic field; steps must be taken to ensure that credit for EL does not duplicate credit already awarded or courses required for the degree; and the institution must clearly show the validity of awarding credits and the evaluation criteria by which judgments are made. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accrediting Agencies, Articulation (Education), Bachelors Degrees, College Credits, College Programs, Community Colleges, Cooperative Planning, Experiential Learning, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Policy Formation, Student Certification, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Region IV Spring Conference Roundtable (Albuquerque, NM, March 16, 1994).