ERIC Number: ED439770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
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Improving Articulation Policy To Increase Transfer. Policy Paper.
This paper, which focuses on articulation policy and transfer between community colleges and four-year institutions, is part of a series published by the Center for Community College Policy, designed to support state and local policymakers, as well as educational leaders who are interested in policy issues related to the two-year postsecondary sector. One of the oldest missions of the community college is to prepare students, who might not otherwise have had access, to transfer to, and be successful at, a four-year institution. There are numerous articulation policies regarding student transfer, yet many students enrolled in transfer-oriented programs do not realize their intent. If economic gains resulting from degree attainment are to become a reality for students, efficient transfer between institutions must be a part of the process. Troubling statistics indicate that students who initially enroll in a community college are less likely to complete their bachelor's degree than those who begin at four-year institutions. Several suggestions are offered for improving articulation and transfer, including: (1) streamlining articulation; (2) promoting collaboration; (3) fostering curriculum development; (4) bolstering student support services; (5) building technical support; and (6) providing for research and evaluation. The ultimate goal should be that a larger number of students seeking bachelor's degrees attain their objective, especially those whose only viable option for entry into higher education is to begin at a community college. (AF)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Articulation (Education), Bachelors Degrees, Community Colleges, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs, Transfer Rates (College)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
Note: For other policy papers in this series, see JC 000 286-296.