ERIC Number: ED395640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-29
Reference Count: N/A
The Structure of Two-Year Degrees: Working Paper.
Indiana State Commission for Higher Education, Indianapolis.
As part of a study of two-year instructional opportunities, this paper discusses the structure of associate degrees in Indiana according to the amount of general education required, degree designations used by public institutions in concert with program major designations, and what these requirements and designations imply for transferability. The paper opens with a list of previous working papers related to two-year instructional opportunities in Indiana, a description of terminology used in the analysis, and policy statements for associate degree programs developed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Next, the paper examines the associate degree programs in Indiana, indicating that the associate of science (AS), the most common degree, is used for career-oriented or transfer programs and the associate of arts (AA) designation is used infrequently and most often designates a liberal arts or general studies degree program. Information from other states is then provided, indicating that ratio of associate degrees conferred by two-year institutions to those by four-year institutions was 1 to 1 in Indiana but 10 to 1 for the nation as a whole. Appendixes include a list of selected out of state degree designations and purposes, policy statements by the AACC, and background information on selected states with a significant public technical college presence. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Commission for Higher Education, Indianapolis.