ERIC Number: ED476677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Access to the Baccalaureate: Research Synopsis.
American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
In an effort to identify the obstacles to the associate degree's universal acceptance as the equivalent of the first 2 years of senior college/university study and to suggest specific steps at the state, system, and institutional levels that might address these obstacles, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) collaborated on a survey of all members (comprised of presidents and other administrators, faculty, and others at both two- and four-year colleges). Survey findings include: (1) administrators at two-year institutions believed the obstacles to baccalaureate access were greater than administrators at four-year institutions; (2) a major obstacle identified was the reluctance of four-year institutions to accept coursework taken at two-year schools for the A.A.S. degree; (3) key obstacles identified for baccalaureate degree access involved lack of daycare, inconvenient course times, shortage of financial aid, poor advisement services, and lack of distance education courses; (4) articulation agreements were cited as the area where the most substantial progress has been made; and (5) a common course numbering system between two- and four-year institutions was identified as the area needing the most attention. Document includes comments from survey respondents. (Author/EMH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Articulation (Education), Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Institutional Cooperation, Surveys, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges
For full text of Executive Summary: http://www.pathtocollege.org/pdf/EXECSU.pdf. For full text of Survey Results: http://www.pathtocollege.org/pdf/RESEAR.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.
Note: Document includes "Access to the Baccalaureate Project Survey. Executive Summary."