ERIC Number: ED403007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Toward Increased Student Success: Transfer as an Institutional Commitment.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
The California Master Plan for Higher Education charges the state's community colleges with providing general education for transfer, vocational training, and basic skills instruction to state residents. In response to concerns over low transfer rates, particularly for students from historically underrepresented groups, the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges created the Transfer Center Pilot Program among 28 community colleges, 8 University of California campuses, 14 California State University campuses, and 13 independent colleges and universities. The program was designed to provide services at both the community college and university level, including counseling, matriculation components, faculty advising, articulation and career development, data collection, and honors and mentoring programs. A fall 1989 evaluation of the pilot program found that Transfer Center colleges increased the number of students transferring to state universities, as well as course articulation activity among the segments. As a result, minimum program standards were developed and funds provided to implement Transfer Centers at all community colleges. In promoting transfer, both state and local academic senates play an important role in educational and budget planning processes, curriculum development, program review, accreditation efforts, ensuring student equity, and accountability initiatives. Faculty, such as transfer center directors, counselors, articulation officers, and transfer specialists, also play a major role in transfer. Contains 23 suggestions to help academic senates ensure support for transfer. (HAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.