ERIC Number: ED278430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jul-15
Reference Count: 0
Criteria for Excellence in Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs. National Council for Occupational Education Monograph Series, Volume II, Number 1.
American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. Council for Occupational Education.
Designed to clarify the function of the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, this report lists and explains criteria for the degree as a means of enhancing the potential of the AAS to serve as a national employment credential and as the curricular foundation for the occupational mission of the community, technical, and junior colleges. The criteria state: (1) associate degree programs designed primarily for immediate employment should be designated as AAS programs; (2) the AAS degree should be identified with a specialty designation, (3) AAS degree programs must be responsive to the employment needs of business, industry, public agencies, the military and entrepreneurship; (4) all components of the AAS degree requirements should be outcome oriented; (5) AAS degree requirements should be limited to 60 to 72 semester credit hours; (6) the technical specialty component of the AAS degree should constitute 50% to 75% of the credits; (7) general education requirements should constitute a minimum of 25% of course credits; (8) minimum admission criteria for AAS degree programs are essential; (9) AAS degree programs should be supported by student services designed for career-oriented students; (10) a curriculum structure with multiple exit/re-entry points is desirable; (11) credit should be awarded for prior experience; (12) curricula should be articulated with appropriate secondary schools; (13) articulation with appropriate and receptive four-year colleges should be gained through cooperative planning and transfer agreements; and (14) selected programs should be networked at local, state, and national levels. (AYC)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Degree Requirements, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges
NCOE Executive Director, North Central Technical Institute, 1000 Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54501 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners; Administrators
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC. Council for Occupational Education.
Note: A Policy Statement of the National Council for Occupational Education prepared by the Task Force on the Associate in Applied Science Degree.