As many as two million students could earn associate degrees through “reverse transfer” of credits. Seventy-eight percent of students who transfer from community college to a four-year institution leave before completing an associate degree. If they fail to complete a bachelor’s degree, they may have earned enough credits for a two-year degree.
A “two-year” degree typically takes more than four years in California. Furthermore, associate-degree graduates earn a median of 78 credits — well over the 60 required — raising costs and taking up community college seats.
Easy come, easy go is the unofficial motto of community colleges. Anyone can enroll. Few will graduate. City University of New York’s structured, guided, get-it-done ASAP is raising low-income students’ graduation rates.
Earning an associate degree raises career-long earnings by $259,000 compared to a high school graduate’s earnings, a new study estimates. However, some community colleges provide much more return on investment than others.
Credit creep is making it harder for community college students to complete an associate degree. Instead of 60 credits, many degrees require 70 credits or more. That costs students time and money and lowers the odds they’ll earn a degree.
After two years at community college, transfers to four-year institutions are just as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree as similar students who started at the four-year college or university, an Illinois study finds.
Texans who earn a technical certificate or associate degree often earn more than four-year graduates in their first year in the workforce, concludes a new study. Some workers with certificates in health-care fields start at more than $70,000 – $30,000 more than the median for graduates with bachelor’s degrees.
Associate degree graduates in technical fields earn more than the average four-year graduate in three states — and they paid a lot less for their education.
The top-paying jobs requiring an associate degree are air traffic controller (median pay of $108,040), construction manager ($83,860) and radiation therapist ($74,980). Jobs requiring a two-year degree are growing rapidly, lead by health care jobs.
If the U.S. is to lead the world in college graduates — President Obama’s goal — it must focus on two-year credentials, concludes a new report. The U.S. is second in the world to Norway in adults with a bachelor’s degree (35 percent), but far fewer U.S. adults have earned an associate degree (10 percent).
Unemployed college graduates are heading to community colleges for associate degrees in nursing, medical technology, information technology and other high-demand fields.
In California, a record number of recent four-year graduates are working in food service, retail and clerical jobs.