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Evolving Statewide Transfer Policies: Persistent Efforts In Tension With Workforce Development Among Massachusetts Community Colleges, Daniel Torre Jr., Ryan S. Wells Apr 2014

Evolving Statewide Transfer Policies: Persistent Efforts In Tension With Workforce Development Among Massachusetts Community Colleges, Daniel Torre Jr., Ryan S. Wells

Ryan S. Wells

Since their inception, community colleges have included the transfer function as a central mission. However, arguments have been made contending that community colleges have systematically diverted students toward occupational education. In the 21st century, community colleges continue to contend with multiple missions and identities, especially when viewed from a workforce-development perspective stressing short-term employability as the primary objective. The two-fold purpose of this study focuses on the academic transfer mission of community colleges in tension with the vocational-occupational mission. We apply document and thematic analysis to identify the elements of formal transfer and articulation policies in the United States leading ...