ERIC Number: ED481038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Articulation Works for Most Community College Transfer Students, But Some Problems Continue. OPPAGA Program Review.
Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
The Florida legislature has passed several reforms designed to shorten the time it takes students to obtain their degrees. Although the reforms have produced benefits, some articulation problems continue. The problems include the following: (1) One in five (20%) AA transfer students take a semester or more of lower division courses at a university; (2) Over half (51%) of the lower division courses taken by AA students were taken to meet degree requirements; and (3) These lower division courses cost students approximately $8.7 million in tuition and cost the state $13.8 million over a 3-year period. This study found that these six subjects account for almost half of the lower division courses taken: (1) math; (2) physics; (3) accounting; (4) economics; (5) foreign language; and (6) physical education. This report makes recommendations for increasing articulation efficiency. Some of those recommendations are as follows: (1) The division of colleges and universities should review university catalogs to ensure that the lower level prerequisites for all majors match those in Florida's Common Prerequisites; (2) The Articulation Coordinating Committee should monitor articulation outcomes; and (3) Community colleges should examine the local need for new baccalaureate programs. (NB)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Mobility, Institutional Cooperation, Transfer Policy, Transfer Programs, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Legislature, Tallahassee. Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Florida