ERIC Number: ED468890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
State Policy and Community College--Baccalaureate Transfer. National Center Report.
Wellman, Jane V.
This paper examines the role of state policy in influencing community college-baccalaureate transfer. It discusses the importance of two-year to four-year (2/4) transfer performance as a state policy issue, reviews national research about transfer patterns, and presents findings about state policy and transfer performance in six states. It concludes by offering recommendations to state policymakers for improving 2/4 transfer performance. Because the baccalaureate degree is becoming the entry point into the workforce for the majority of students, it is becoming increasingly important that the 2/4 transfer work well. The struggle to identify a uniform measure of activity complicates transfer research. This paper describes the Transfer Assembly Project, based at the Center for the Study of Community Colleges at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the National Center of Educational Statistics' study of alternative transfer rates. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) surveyed all 50 states in order to identify the different ways the states define policies for 2/4 transfer. The ECS report lists seven categories of policies, ranging from state law to statewide common core curricula and common course numbering. This study found that none of the six states studied uses all of the tools of state policy to energize transfer. Includes 33 state resources from the 6 states examined. (Contains 25 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Mobility, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, State Legislation, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs, Transfer Rates (College)
For full text: http://www.highereducation.org/reports/transfer/transfer.shtml.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.; Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC.
Note: Additional support provided by the New Millennium project at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.