Tuesday, April 01, 2014
But that approach implies respect across the board. Community colleges have long respected the unique value that four-year colleges offer. It would be nice to see that respect reciprocated.
The programs are designed as PhD not Master's programs so many of your arguments would apply. Why is that ok but not getting an Associate's degree?
For those that complete two years at a 4 year college, how different do their transcripts look from those at two year colleges especially those who earn ADs on their way to earn a Bachelor's?
Or do you want those students who do two years at a 4 year college to take an extra couple courses at your community college and count towards your graduation rate?
It may have a "coherent pattern" but does that, or the "painfully long meetings," really matter, especially when much of education is a signaling process anyway? The biased way I phrase the question implies my answer.
I like the Trachtenberg, especially since offering a two-year option may encourage more students not to drop out after a year.
Anyway, I don't think there's anything wrong with someone who completed a program of coursework that would have counted for an Associate's degree (if only they'd been accumulated in one institution, or in a CC instead of a Bachelor's degree granting institution) getting one. We could even go back and find them (kind of like they started doing in project win-win: http://www.ihep.org/projectwin-win.cfm). But I'll also grant that someone who goes to college and plays sports for two years while taking golf and remedial classes, and then gets injured and so leaves the sport and campus, hasn't earned an AA/AS in any meaningful sense. The point is, with technology it should be straightforward enough track when course credit has met a given set of criteria.