ERIC Number: ED444676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Registrars about the Associate Degree: Report on Findings.
This project presents the findings of a survey of British Columbia (BC) registrars on the associate degree. Just less than half of colleges and institutes offering the associate degree program collect data on the number of students exiting institutions with a minimum of 60 credits. The number of associate degrees awarded between 1993/94 and 1997/98 has generally increased each year for the system as a whole. However, the number of such credentials awarded by individual institutions varies considerably from year to year. There is no consensus of opinion among registrars as to why students choose to pursue or not to pursue an associate degree. Only two BC postsecondary institutions have conducted formal studies of the associate degree, resulting in disparate conclusions. Students see the degree as improving their employment prospects, although it is not very useful. Roughly 60% of institutions surveyed promoted the associate degree beyond publishing it in their institutional calendars, and do so through a variety of means. There appears to be no correlation between promotion of the credential and the number of credentials awarded. There is no consistent practice of registering students in an associate degree program. The majority of registrars agreed that it was time for an associate degree review and recommended that a number of aspects be given consideration. (VWC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer, Vancouver.
Identifiers - Location: Canada