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Transfer Policies and Articulation Agreements:

Anderson, G. M., Sun, J.C., Alfonso, M. (2006). Effectiveness of statewide articulation agreements on the probability of transfer: A preliminary policy analysis. The Review of Higher Education, 29 (3), 261-291. doi: 10.1353/rhe2006.0001

The research presented in this article finds that statewide articulation agreements are not as effective on the probability of transfer. It cites some specific issues, such as the power differential between two- and four-year institutions and ambiguous goals for the policies. It also notes that even with articulation policies, there are differences between various sub-groups. For example, Black students and GED earners had lower probabilities of successfully transferring.

Gross, B., & Goldhaber, D. (2009). Can transfer and articulation policies propel community college students to a bachelor's degree- and is this the only goal?. Seattle, WA: Center for Reinventing Public Education.

This policy brief outlines the history and importance of articulation agreements in aiding students transfer. It also outlines several recommendations for decision makers to consider as they are creating or enhancing their articulation.

Boswell, K. (2004). Bridges or barriers?: Public policy and the community college transfer function. Change 36 (6), 22-29.

Provides overview of reasons we need to help transfers and the barriers placed to achieving a bachelor's. Includes lack of tracking system in student records and need for more clear fin aid rules during the transfer process. Also provide recommendations to policy makers and institutions- such as university centers on cc campuses, developing online clearing houses, and invest in the resources.

 

Updated May 2011

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