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Quality Collaboratives (QC) Case Study: Ensuring Success for Biology Majors as They Transfer from the Community College to the University by Aligning Course and Program Outcomes

QC Dyad: Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) & University of Louisville (U of L)
Contact: Martha Wolfe, professor of biology (ECTC)


September 2015

Our Quality Collaboratives project involved the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) and the University of Louisville (U of L) in Kentucky. ECTC is one of many community colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Beginning with this dyad, the project expanded to other community colleges and several other universities throughout the state. The project’s goal was to determine the readiness of associate degree students in Biology as they transferred to the university. We investigated shared outcomes and developed processes to facilitate student transfer based on these course outcomes instead of just course numbers. We also hoped that by encouraging dialogue between the faculty, we could develop a seamless career pathway from the community colleges to the state and private universities.

(To access complete case study, click link to the left.)