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To help determine the appropriateness of Illinois Board of Higher Education policies related to the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a study was conducted over the State Higher Education Executive Officers listserv to determine current state-level policies and practices. Six policy questions were posted to the listserv related to minimum specifications for general education coursework, core general education courses, requirements for providing transferable general education, guidelines for integrating academic and applied education, responses to articulation and career ladder concerns, and work-based learning requirements. Twenty-two states responded to the query, with 12 states sending additional documentation. Responses indicated the following: (1) 13 states specified credit-hour minimums for general education coursework, 7 for technical/professional specialty coursework, and 2 for coursework that supports specialty areas; (2) 10 states recommended a core of specific general education coursework; (3) 1 state required that general education for the AAS degree be transferable, while 7 states encouraged it; (4) 1 state specifically recommended that colleges include integration of academic and technical education in AAS program design; (5) articulation concerns were addressed in state-level policy recommendations in 7 states; and (6) no state had specifically developed a policy prescribing that a work-based learning component be a part of the AAS degree, although in practice, many AAS degrees contained this component. Sample comments are included. (HAA)

Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Board of Education Policy, Community Colleges, Degree Requirements, Educational Practices, General Education, Listservs, Policy Formation, Required Courses, State Boards of Education, State Standards, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Ignash, Jan


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