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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Roger G. Baldwin


Articulation was the topic of some educational leaders within Virginia over twenty years ago. More recently, however, the Commonwealth developed statewide articulation.;The procedure used in this research to present the findings of this study involved an examination of various documents. Some of these documents were produced by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the State Board of Education, Minutes of State Council meetings, as well as Minutes of Board of Education meetings. Interviews were another source of data. Interviews were obtained from persons involved in educational articulation in the Commonwealth. A few of the persons interviewed included a former Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, a former Secretary of Education for Virginia, a former State Superintendent for Public Instruction, college presidents and many other individuals involved in educational articulation between 1966 and 1990.;In order to conduct this research in a scholarly way, the years covered, 1966 through 1990, were examined in a systematic way. The entire span of years was broken down into five time periods. Then each period was examined by searching the three educational segments--the secondary school, the community college and the senior college. Within each agency, the key persons involved in articulation, if any, were noted together with any significant influence of the agency. If articulation policy was developed, it was noted also. at the end of each period under discussion, the key forces which were found to influence educational articulation during that time were summarized. However, the period between 1988 and 1990 was discussed first to give insight as to where articulation is now in the Commonwealth.;The Commonwealth made tremendous strides between 1988 to 1990. During this time, statewide articulation policy was developed in the form of Dual Enrollment Agreement.;Many of the public secondary schools have developed articulation agreements with community colleges, and some four-year institutions have articulation agreements with community colleges. Many factors can influence the development of articulation policy. Yet, articulation policy can be developed between educational agencies; however, it requires the support of educational leaders and the actual work of faculty. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).



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