ERIC Number: EJ1090130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Implementing Transfer and Articulation: A Case Study of Community Colleges and State Universities
Senie, Kathryn C.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v40 n4 p269-284 2016
This study examined the cultural aspects of a transfer articulation policy between public community colleges and state universities enacted by a newly consolidated state governing board for higher education in a northeastern state. A qualitative multisite case study design explored how key stakeholders, faculty, administrators and staff viewed the transfer policy from their unique perspectives. Tierney's (2008) cultural analysis of governance was used to examine the effectiveness of communication and decision-making on the part of the board. The study also applied Handel's (2011) theory of a transfer affirming culture along with Jain, Herrera, Bernal, and Solorzano's (2011) research on the requisite services for pretransfer and posttransfer success of nontraditional students. The use of several theoretical frameworks provides "a more powerful lens than when using only one in helping to interpret and understand culture" (Kezar & Eckel, 2002, p. 440). The study was guided by the following question: How do community college and state university faculty, administrators and staff perceive the Transfer Mobility Policy in relation to their campus cultures? The findings identified difficulties with community college curricula and student transfer advising as well as a cultural gap between the community colleges and the state university. They underscored the politics that surrounds higher education governance reform and resultant clash between political and academic cultures. This study may help policy makers promote statewide transfer and articulation initiatives and be instructive for faculty, administrators, and staff as they seek to improve the success of students who transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities.
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Case Studies, Community Colleges, State Universities, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Transfer Policy, Governance, Academic Achievement, School Culture, College Attendance, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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