ERIC Number: ED164080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-28
Reference Count: 0
Criteria for Associate Degree Programs and Certificate Programs.
Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Denver.
This paper outlines criteria for the award of certificates and associate in arts (A.A.), associate in science (A.S.), and associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degrees in Colorado community colleges. Certificate programs, regardless of their duration, are defined as those designed primarily to lead to employment immediately upon completion and which heavily emphasize skills required for employment. Two-year certificate programs are expected to decline; these must be justified by evidence that the need for skill courses is so great that insufficient time remains for the general education courses normally required for the A.A.S. degree. A minimum of 64 semester credit hours or 96 quarter credit hours is established for associate degrees. For the associate in arts, traditionally awarded to graduates of transfer programs, minimum requirements in the humanities and sciences are outlined. While the associate in science is acceptable for transfer programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in scientific fields, the Board favors its use for occupational programs emphasizing high level cognitive skills, and further stipulates that A. S. programs must emphasize preparation for job entry. One-half of the credit hours for such programs must be in general education areas, while one-fourth to one-third are required in general education for associate in applied science programs, designed for immediate job entry in technical occupations. (MB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Denver.