ERIC Number: ED399990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Opportunities and Challenges: Bridging the Two-Year Four-Year College Gap.
Susskind, Tamar Y.
Community colleges have been criticized with respect to both the low numbers of students who transfer to four-year institutions and the inadequate preparation of the students who do transfer. However, there is no uniform method for calculating transfer students and the data that do exist on their performance indicate that they do as well as native students. Clearly, articulation between two- an four-year colleges is about more than the numbers of students transferring; it involves admission, exclusion, readmission, counseling, curriculum planning, and course and credit evaluation. Differences in academic cultures and attitudes between two- and four-year institutions and their faculty do create barriers for two-year college transfer students, while establishing transfer criteria and the authority for transfer decisions are also problems. Three styles of articulation agreements currently operate: formal and legal policies, state-system policies, and voluntary agreements among institutions. As part of an effort to examine articulation practices and problems and investigate the feasibility of an approval service for two-year college chemistry transfer programs, the American Chemical Society's Committee on Education sponsored a conference on two-year college programs in November 1995. While the 15 participants decided that such a service would be too expensive, they did develop recommendations for improving articulation related to developing a literature base, promoting a consensus on articulation among all concerned parties, and establishing mechanisms to promote collegiality and trust. A chart of proposed data elements for improving the articulation of chemistry programs is appended. (TGI)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Planning, College School Cooperation, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Cooperation, Educational Mobility, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Program Improvement, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at "Articulation from 2- to 4-Year Colleges: Is It an Allowed or Forbidden Transition?" a symposium sponsored by Oakland Community College (Auburn Hills, MI, August 4-8, 1996).