ERIC Number: ED261758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Current Status of the Associate Degree. ERIC Digest.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
An overview is provided, examining the types of associate degrees that are awarded, the number that are awarded, the students who receive them, and the problems related to associate degree curricula. First, a list is provided of the different types of associate degrees awarded, followed by an enumeration of the vocational and non-vocational categories into which these degrees are divided: Arts and Sciences or General Programs for non-vocational degrees; and Data Processing, Health Sciences/Paramedical, Mechanical/Engineering, Natural Science, Business and Commerce, and Public Service for vocational degrees. Next, information is provided on degree awards, indicating that in absolute numbers, 158,000 non-vocational and 276,493 vocational degrees were awarded in 1981-82. The next section looks at trends in the participation of women in associate degree education, showing that since 1976-77, over 50% of the degrees have been earned by women, though most in health, office, and public service occupations. The final section addresses several issues that must be addressed in the future planning of associate degree programs, including the relatively low prestige of the degree, variations among colleges with respect to subject area and unit requirements, the need to keep up with technological advances in vocational curricula, and the transferability of the degree. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.