ERIC Number: ED456884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Transfer and Articulation Policies. ECS StateNotes: Transfer and Articulation.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Recent statistics have shown that over half of the students participating in postsecondary education in the United States are enrolled in a community college. Successful transfer from a community college to a four-year institution is often the only opportunity these individuals have to achieve a bachelor's degree. This document outlines and compares nationwide transfer and articulation policies in an effort to study the transfer of community college students to four-year institutions. State programs were examined and described according to seven criteria: (1) legislation; (2) cooperative agreements, which can take the place of legislation and serve as unofficial policy established on a department-to-department or institution-to-institution basis; (3) transfer data reporting; (4) incentives and rewards offered to encourage the transfer of students; (5) statewide articulation guides available to students, which describe the requirements for transfer; (6) common core courses among different institutions within the state; and (7) common course numbering to aid in reducing non-transferable credits. In summary, 30 states have legislation on transfer, 40 states have cooperative agreements in place, 33 states reported transfer data, 18 states offer transfer incentives and rewards, 26 states offer statewide articulation guides, 23 states have a common core curricula to facilitate transfer, and 8 states have a common course numbering system. (JCC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.