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ERIC Number: ED425760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Technical Colleges and College Transfer--One More Time.
Findlen, George L.
ATEA Journal; v25 n2 p4-7 Dec 1997-Jan 1998
Despite common beliefs that technical college students do not wish to, and cannot, transfer to four-year institutions, many studies have found the opposite to be true. Research shows that 26% of students enrolled in vocational programs intend to transfer to a baccalaureate institution, and occupational course credits from technical colleges are often transferable. It is individual state policy that inhibits course transfer. For example, in Wisconsin, a program-to-program articulation agreement between individual technical colleges and universities is required. Studies on transfer from Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) to the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse (UWLC) shows that such a policy is restrictive and detrimental to transfer students. Technical colleges should follow the example of comprehensive community colleges and broaden their mission to include transfer, creating articulation agreements with state universities. In addition, states should adopt a university system policy that permits students to transfer their course work wherever appropriate. Restrictive state policies such as Wisconsin's program-to-program policy should be lifted to better serve the needs of future students. (Contains 15 references, transfer research guidelines, and research findings from WWTC and UWLC.) (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Admission Criteria, Articulation (Education), College Credits, College Transfer Students, Educational Cooperation, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Partnerships in Education, State Legislation, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Wisconsin Technical Coll., La Crosse.