ERIC Number: ED450855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Assumptions about Transfer Behavior in State-Level Articulation Agreements: Realistic or Reactionary?
Townsend, Barbara K.; Ignash, Jan
This paper discusses state-level articulation agreements and the transfer behavior of college students. Several studies are described, most notably Kintzer and Wattenbarger's (1985) finding that, in the mid-1980s, eight states had formal and legally based policies and 22 additional states had state system policies. The authors assert that, given the likelihood that the majority of today's college students will transfer at least once during their college education, it is imperative that states have articulation agreements that facilitate this transfer. The authors' study, also discussed in this paper, sought to update Kintzer and Wattenbarger's research. In spring 1999, a two-page survey was sent to the executive directors of state higher education and community college agencies, asking about the existence of articulation agreements. Findings included: (1) respondents for 34 of the 43 states in the study indicated that their state had developed a formal, statewide articulation agreement; (2) 27 of these states had developed or amended their agreements since the Kintzer and Wattenbarger study; (3) the traditional view of transfer as an upwardly vertical movement from the two-year to the four-year college dominated the agreements; and (4) 70% of the states had designated one or more associate degrees as a degree that would automatically transfer to all four-year public institutions within the states. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Sacramento, CA, November 17-20, 2000).