ERIC Number: ED457922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-16
The Shrinking Divide between Upper and Lower Division Courses: A Baccalaureate Meltdown?
Townsend, Barbara K.
This paper examines the shrinking divide between upper and lower division courses and the phenomenon of two-year colleges now being authorized to offer the community college baccalaureate. The author describes the following three educational trends: (1) the upside-down baccalaureate degree, where the order in which students take general education courses and courses in their major is reversed; (2) the emerging role of the community college in teacher education; and (3) the community college baccalaureate. Students in applied associate degree programs aren't always finished with their education. For instance, the author states that in Missouri, 10% of those who received an applied associate's degree transferred to a Missouri public four-year college during the next academic year. The League of Innovation for Community Colleges advocates an upside-down degree for these students so that they will not lose the degree credits they earned in applied fields when they transfer. Articulation agreements for upside-down degrees represent collaboration and cooperation between two-year and four-year colleges. In addition, some states, because of the shortage of K-12 teachers, are moving toward greater involvement of the community college in teacher education. Maryland has recently developed an Associate of Arts in Teacher Education degree. Maryland's 16 community colleges and 22 four-year institutions worked together to develop the program, which allows students to transfer with 15 or more credits toward their majors. (Contains 15 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia.