ERIC Number: ED314100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec-18
Reference Count: N/A
Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science: Assured Academic Success? Another Source?
Cox, Linda J.; Harden, Harold D.
In 1989, a study was conducted at the University of West Florida (UWF) to explore the success rate of Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree recipients at the college. Although the AS and AAS degrees were originally designed as terminal degrees leading to immediate employment, recipients today are discovering that baccalaureate degrees are required for many entry-level positions as well as for career advancement. In the early 1970's UWF began admitting AS degree recipients in selected fields by special permission of department chairpersons, and later permitted direct access to any program without special approval. By 1984-85, UWF had 206 AS degree holders registered; only two other state universities in Florida enrolled more. Using enrollment and graduation statistics on students admitted to UWF in fall 1983 with AS or AAS degrees, the study revealed that: (1) out of the 86 AS/AAS students entering in fall 1983, only 17 had graduated by the end of fall 1985; (2) by summer 1988, however, 48% of the AS/AAS students had graduated, compared to 67% of the associate of arts (AA) degree transfer students; (3) of the AS/AAS students who did not graduate from UWF, 8% left the college on academic suspension; and (4) the proportions of AS/AAS and AA students who were on suspension were comparable, as were the proportions of those who left UWE in good academic standing. Based on study findings, it was suggested that colleges and universities consider AS/AAS degree holders in enrollment plans and that these students be studied further to determine services that could increase their graduation rates. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of West Florida, Pensacola.