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Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools
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    • 1. Facilitating Transfer Decisions Through the Use of Web-Based Tools Demaree Michelau, WICHE Richard Hezel, Hezel Associates Mollie McGill, WCET Bruce Chaloux, SREB
    • 2. Why articulation and transfer?
      • Assuming the baccalaureate is increasingly the “entry point to the workforce for the majority of students, ...improving the effectiveness of 2/4 transfer will be the key to national progress in closing the gap among racial groups in degree attainment since more minorities enter higher education through community colleges.” (Wellman, 2002)
    • 3. Intersecting Interests of the Lumina Foundation for Education
      • Lumina Foundation for Education: efforts to improve educational outcomes, including degree completion
        • KnowHow2Go
        • Achieving the Dream
        • Making Opportunity Affordable
      • President Obama is investing in community colleges and stressing associate’s degree completion
      • Articulation and transfer is the bridge between associate’s and bachelor’s degree completion
    • 4. Our Study
      • Best Practices in Statewide Transfer and Articulation Systems
      • Focus on 2 to 4 transfer
      • Inform policy development and guide practice
      • Methods:
        • Literature review
        • Review of state policies and statues
        • Surveys and interviews (48 states)
        • Web portal research
    • 5. Essential Elements of A&T Initiatives
      • Collaboration
        • statewide committees
        • models for engaging faculty
      • Communication
        • transfer associations/groups
        • transfer fairs and summits
        • websites/web portals
        • encouraging student feedback
    • 6. Essential Elements of A&T Initiatives
      • Academic Policy
        • transfer credit blocks
        • course equivalencies
        • general education cores
        • common course numbering systems
        • major-specific transfer guides/matrices
        • Little evidence that states utilizing these elements fare better than those that don’t
      • Measurement, data collection, assessment
        • Few examples of states doing this effectively
    • 7. “ Statewide” Approaches
      • States can be placed on a continuum…
      • from complete lack of statewide approach (Michigan)
      • to a comprehensive, integrated statewide approach (Florida)
      • All other states fall in between
    • 8. Collaboration Good Practices
      • Examples of committees:
        • Massachusetts‘ Commonwealth Transfer Advisory Group includes representatives from 2-year and 4-year institutions, including faculty members, CAOs, transfer directors and coordinators
        • Florida’s Standing Postsecondary Committee on Articulation and Transfer includes faculty and administrators from 2-year and 4-year institutions and representatives from FACTS.org and the DOE’s workforce unit
    • 9. Collaboration Good Practices
      • Examples of models to engage faculty:
        • Arizona has numerous Articulation Task Forces, including discipline specific task forces, an admissions and records task force, academic advising task force and a general education task force
        • Wyoming provides incentives to support faculty work on transfer so that travel and other costs are not barriers to collaboration
    • 10. Communication Good Practices
      • Examples of statewide transfer advising associations:
        • Kentucky’s Academic Advising Association is a professional network for academic advisors to expand effective transfer advising
        • North Carolina’s College Transfer Program Association helps campus academic leaders and advisors stay informed about A&T in NC
    • 11. Communication Good Practices
      • Examples of encouraging feedback:
        • Alaska has an anonymous email and phone number for students to submit complaints
        • Missouri’s appeals process allows advisors to submit complaints on behalf of students
    • 12. WICHE Survey on Websites/Web Portals
      • Survey target: State agencies, higher education systems and institutions
      • Survey target: Sites includes tools, services to help students navigate the transfer process from 2-yr to 4-yr
    • 13. Survey Areas
      • The tools to help w/ transfer decisions/options
      • Funding issues – budget, sources of funding
      • Site usage statics and other ways measuring value of the site
      • Comprehensiveness of transfer information or multiple sites with partial representation of institutions
    • 14. Web-based Transfer Tools
      • Degree audit types of tools such as:
        • Course to course equivalency comparisons
        • Credit transfer information for specific majors/degrees
      • Gen Ed requirements & transfer eligibility
      • Transcript services
      • Online applications
    • 15. Home-grown or 3 rd Party Providers
      • Academy One
      • Decision Academic
      • u.select
      • XAP
      • Docufide
      • National Student Clearinghouse
    • 16. Website or Web Portal?
      • Will investigate how these sites refer to themselves – website or web portal
      • Portal – create personal account, track personal usage, obtain customizable credit transfer information
      • Or – static tables/matrics, links to campus transfer web pages
    • 17. Where’s the beef?
      • Underlying the tools -- state and institutional policies and agreements (e.g. articulation agreements)
    • 18. What’s next?
      • Best Practices Guide will be published in Jan/Feb 2010
        • Will include more examples of good practices and recommendations to guide further development of A&T policy
      • Presentations throughout 2010
        • First at NISTS, Jan 27-29, Addison, TX
      • http://www.wiche.edu/stas

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