Implementing Transfer Associate Degrees: Perspectives From the States. New Directions for Community Colleges, Number 160. 2nd Edition. J–B CC Single Issue Community Colleges

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In recent years, a convergence of several forces increased legislative involvement in higher education, governmental and philanthropic pressure to increase postsecondary degree and certificate production, and fiscal belt–tightening at colleges and universities across America has resulted in efforts to significantly reform community college–to–university transfer and articulation processes. One increasingly popular method of reform is the implementation of transfer associate degrees: statewide pathways or degree programs that allow students to both earn an associate degree from a community college and transfer seamlessly into a state university with junior status. This volume of New Directions for Community Colleges outlines the

elements of effective transfer associate degrees and explores their implementation in six states.
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EDITORS NOTES 1Carrie B. Kisker, Richard L. Wagoner

1. Elements of Effective Transfer Associate Degrees 5Carrie B. Kisker, Richard L. Wagoner, Arthur M. CohenThis chapter outlines the elements of effective transfer associate degrees and discusses the policy impetuses of such reforms.

2. Transfer Associate Degrees in Historical Context 13Arthur M. CohenThe author examines transfer associate degrees from a historical perspective, arguing that their implementation moves America s system of higher education away from long–ingrained, isolated practices and toward greater trust and collaboration among institutions.

3. The Successful Transfer Structure in Washington State 17Jane Sherman, Michelle AndreasThis chapter describes Washington State s effective and efficient transfer structure from historical and policy perspectives.

4. Widening and Wandering the Short Road to Success: The Louisiana Transfer Degree Guarantee 31Kevin L. CopeIn this chapter, the author narrates the complex and often surprising process by which Louisiana deployed a transfer degree program in just two years.

5. Faculty–Determined Course Equivalency: The Key to Ohio s Transfer Mobility System 45Paula K. Compton, Jonathan Tafel, Joe Law, Robert GustafsonOhio s process for developing a comprehensive, guaranteed transfer system that connects colleges and universities, high schools, adult career centers, and the workplace is detailed in this chapter.

6. Faculty Reflections on Implementing Associate Degrees for Transfer in California 55Jane Patton, Michelle PilatiThis chapter describes California s intersegmental faculty–led system for implementing associate degrees for transfer.

7. The Role of Presidential Leadership in Improving New Jersey s Community College Transfer ExperienceCasey Maliszewski, Kathleen Crabill, Lawrence NespoliPresidential leadership contributed to the implementation of New Jersey s transfer articulation legislation.

8. Developing a Culture of Transfer and Student Success in Arizona 79Maria Harper–Marinick, Jeanne SwarthoutThis chapter provides an overview of the transfer model in Arizona, as well as recent efforts to enhance collaborations among community colleges, universities, and public schools in the state.

9. Putting the Pieces Together and Asking the Hard Questions: Transfer Associate Degrees in Perspective 91Richard L. Wagoner, Carrie B. KiskerIn this concluding chapter, the authors synthesize information from the volume, suggest a state–level model organizational structure for implementing transfer associate degrees, describe the interests and values of major constituencies in systemic transfer reforms, and note several hard questions that must be addressed if transfer associate degrees are to reach their full potential.

10. Sources and Information on Transfer Associate Degrees 105Carlos AyonThis annotated bibliography provides links to and short descriptions of statewide legislation authorizing or mandating the implementation of transfer associate degrees in several states, as well as scholarly articles and reports on the subject.


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Carrie B. Kisker
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