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Inconsistent Implementation of Common Prerequisites Creates Barriers to Effective 2+2 Articulation, Report No. 08-11, March 2008
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The state’s common prerequisites policy is intended to facilitate articulation for students transferring from community colleges to universities by establishing common courses needed for admission to upper division programs at any of the state’s universities. However, the policy has not been effectively implemented by universities, the Board of Governors, and the Department of Education.
  • For nearly two-thirds (65%) of the degree programs we examined, universities were implementing prerequisites in ways that could create barriers for students who have followed the approved common prerequisites.
  • The Board of Governors and Department of Education have not effectively monitored and enforced the common prerequisites policy.

As a result, transfer students may be denied admission to universities’ upper division programs or be required to complete additional courses, increasing both state and student costs. The inconsistencies across universities can also make it difficult for transfer students to plan their Associate in Arts degree coursework.

While most community colleges offer the required prerequisite courses for popular majors, only five colleges have formally integrated prerequisites into the structure of their Associate in Arts programs by requiring students to declare pre-majors at a specific point in their academic careers.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Student Financial Assistance
Associate in Arts
State University System
Florida College System
Board of Governors
Postsecondary Career Training Programs

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-48 Steps Taken to Improve FACTS; Better Information on Postsecondary Student Use Is Still Needed, published in July 2010.
  • Report No. 10-43 University Implementation and State Oversight of Common Program Prerequisites Has Improved, published in May 2010.
  • Report No. 08-25 Postsecondary Student Use of the Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS) Is Low, published in April 2008.
  • Report No. 07-37 State Policies for Excess Hours Remain Unchanged; Steps Taken to Strengthen Academic Advising, published in September 2007.
  • Report No. 05-30  Excess Hours at Community Colleges Warrant Attention by the Department of Education and the Legislature, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 03-66 Progress Report: DOE Could Do More to Reduce Costs by Improving Community Colleges’ Articulation with Universities, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 02-05 Program Review: Articulation Works for Most Community College Transfer Students, But Some Problems Continue, published in January 2002.

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