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About 3.5 percent of new associate degree earners already had a bachelor’s degree

American Association of Community Colleges Data Points, June 8, 2016

The percent of associate-degree graduates with a prior credential increased from 2011–12 to 2014–15, according to a recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Those who already had a bachelor’s degree or higher increased over that period, from 2.9 percent to 3.5 percent. The percent of graduates who previously earned an associate degree also increased, from 5.8 percent to 7 percent. Associate degree earns with a previous college certificate climbed from 6.6 percent to 8.1 percent. The findings highlight the diverse missions of community colleges, such as preparing students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, upskilling incumbent workers and training for new job skills. Read more >

 

 

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