ERIC Number: ED444675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer: What's the Problem? A Special Report from the Transfer Innovations Committee.
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, Vancouver.
This report examines the dimensions of transfer problems in the British Columbia college system from a number of perspectives. For the last 3 years, in an annual student outcomes survey, 16 percent of students have reported that they had transfer problems. For the receiving institutions, the challenge of including clear entry points for transfer students, in innovative and unique degrees, cannot be overstated. Lack of consultation or advance warning regarding changes in curriculum or in program requirements can create serious difficulties for sending institutions and their students, especially when more than one receiving institution is making those changes. Understanding the "system" is one of the difficulties students have related. Many students expect a coordinated system of postsecondary education (like the K-12 system) where institutions will have similar regulations, curricula, programs, etc. A relatively new problem for the system relates to the changing expectation of students and the public about what ought to be transferable. Lack of capacity in the system to accommodate students in degree programs can create another problem. Accrediting agencies external to institutions have, in many cases, the power to set curricular requirements which can affect transfer relationships between institutions. Overall, the problems related to transfer fall into four categories: complexity, communication, administration, and articulation. (JA)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, College Transfer Students, Educational Mobility, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada