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ERIC Number: ED540037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Flexible Pre-Majors: Final Report of the Flexible Pre-Majors Working Group
FitzGibbon, John; Orum, Jennifer
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
This report provides advice for program areas contemplating the development of a Flexible Pre-Major (FPM) in their discipline. The FPM is another means of aiding student transfer in a system that expects and encourages significant student mobility. The FPM addresses a problematic area for academic students: that of completing the lower level major requirements before transfer when the transfer destination is not yet determined. The process of developing FPMs, in addition to providing support for students, has other positive benefits. For many disciplines, the exercise of agreeing on the core elements of the discipline and determining the sequence of offering has been very useful. Preparing the grid of equivalent courses or determining the program outcomes for the FPM has also enabled articulation committees to focus on the key element of their work, articulation and transfer, and to address longstanding issues of equivalency. As institutions change under new mandates, the decision-making processes and personnel may not be clear, both within the institution and generally. The process of gaining FPM signoff by multiple institutions has aided in understanding the decision-making and approval processes in the system generally. This report attempts to capture this information and provide a useful tool for use in programs and institutions. Appended are: (1) FPM Working Group Terms of Reference and Composition; (2) FPM Projects Supported by BCCAT; (3) Flexible Pre-Major Process Description; (4) FPM Flowchart; (5) Institutional Decision-Making Template; (6) Institutional Signoff Sheet; (7) Flexible Pre-Major Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); and (8) FPM Example: Anthropology. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Canada