Kentucky legislation enacted in 2010 provides another outstanding example of state-level transfer/articulation policy with the potential to substantially improve the numbers of students successfully transitioning from two-year to four-year institutions.
Where many states may have one or more policies in place to address one or another of the many elements of transfer and articulation, Kentucky's H.B. 160 seems to have covered all the bases. Among the many, many provisions in this bill (I count at least 14 key ones), the measure directs the Council on Postsecondary Education (state-level postsecondary coordinating agency), in collaboration with the public universities and 2-year colleges, to (1) Develop and implement a statewide agreement that the state community and technical college system's two-year degree coursework be accepted and fully credited to related bachelor's degree programs by all public universities; (2) Develop and maintain a statewide common-course numbering system for lower-division general education and program-specific prerequisite courses in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System; (3) Develop policies to align transfer and articulation procedures statewide, including admissions criteria, student declaration of major, and student guidance and counseling policies to ensure that students pursuing a two-year degree provide timely notification of their intent to transfer to a four-year institution; and (4) Guarantee that, upon admission to a four-year institution, graduates of an approved two-year degree program have met all general education requirements.
Just like the spaghetti sauce commercial: "It's in there!"