ERIC Number: ED391102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Seamless Education: A Regional View of Postsecondary Transfer Policy and Practice. Briefing Paper No. 2, Spring 1994.
Lynch, Richard L.; And Others
States have experienced varying levels of success in the transfer of credits between institutions of higher education and in the development and implementation of articulation policy, agreements, and structures. A look at the approaches currently being used in the southeastern region of the United States can help to identify options and provide a basis for comparison of articulation alternatives for Georgia. It also identifies competing alternatives for Georgia graduates of occupational associate degree programs who are unable to find acceptable credit transfer within their home state colleges. Information for the research was gathered by telephone interviews with personnel from state education offices in the states surrounding Georgia: Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The research found that Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina have a separate state board for postsecondary two-year institutions and community college systems, whereas in Tennessee, two-year colleges and technical schools are under the university board of regents and in Alabama one board of education governs both postsecondary technical and K-12 education. Structural arrangements for postsecondary vocational education institutions in the five states vary from large, centralized community college systems (North Carolina, Florida) that integrate technical and academic education, to states (Tennessee, Alabama) that continue to separate the noncollegiate and technical schools from the collegiate and university-parallel two-year colleges. South Carolina has integrated vocational and academic programs at the community colleges, but does not have a coordinated system in the state. Regional accreditation for all five states is from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges. Legislative assurance of transfer between two- and four-year colleges exists in some form in three states for associate degrees. The research concluded that each of the five states has addressed many of the same issues facing Georgia and that removing barriers to adult learners' progression from occupational courses to baccalaureate degrees is an ongoing process. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Georgia State Dept. of Technical and Adult Education, Atlanta.
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Occupational Studies.