Developing Collaborative Degree Programs among Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions

Topics: Articulation Agreements, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What shared programs have higher education systems and community college systems created? 
  • How are these programs advertised to prospective students? 
  • How are tuition revenues, state appropriations, and enrollment credits divided between institutions participating in shared degree programs? 
  • How is student information shared among institutions participating in shared degree programs?


As the cost of higher education continues to rise, more students are looking to begin their college educations with general education courses at community colleges before transferring to four-year institutions.  This report profiles two state community college systems and one four-year institution that have collaborated to offer joint degree programs, outlining program enrollment processes, student services, and financial arrangements between participating institutions.

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