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ERIC Number: ED528074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Degrees Conferred by Connecticut Institutions of Higher Education Highlights, 2008-09. Report
Connecticut Department of Higher Education (NJ3)
This report presents the degrees conferred by Connecticut institutions of higher education in 2008-09. Connecticut colleges and universities awarded 38,047 degrees in 2008-09, up 3.9 percent from 2007-08, the state's eighth consecutive year of growth and a 28 percent increase since 1999. This is the largest annual gain in 20 years with the exception of a 6.6 percent surge in 2003. That spike marked the first sign, in degrees attained, of the growth in high school graduates entering as first-time college freshmen that began in the late 1990's. The 28 percent increase over the last decade reflects this growth. More than half (51%) of all awards were bachelor's degrees, followed by master's at 27 percent and associate's at 15 percent. There was a 10 percent increase in associate's degrees in 2009, the largest increase in 20 years. Graduates with associate's degrees make up 15 percent of all degree recipients, the highest portion since 2002. The largest increases in associate's degrees were at six of Connecticut's community colleges--Capital, Gateway, Housatonic, Manchester, Norwalk and Tunxis. The most popular fields of study at the associate's level are General Studies, Health Professions, and Business. The number of minority students earning degrees increased 8.4 percent following two years of tepid growth. Minority students now make up 18.4 percent of all graduates compared to 16.7 percent five years ago and 21.4 percent of the state's general population. Degrees earned by Black students rose 7.3 percent after two years of decline and increased 9 percent at both the associate's and bachelor's levels. Degrees earned by Hispanic students were up 12.5 percent for the second year of significant growth with awards up at all degree levels. Men earned 41.3 percent of all degrees, up for the third consecutive year and narrowing the gender gap. The peak of the gender gap occurred in 2006 when women exceeded 60 percent of all degrees granted. Women account for 58.7 percent of all graduates, the same share as 2002, and continue to earn the majority of degrees at every level. The growth in degrees for men occurred at the associate's and bachelor's levels. Among Black and Hispanic men, bachelor's degrees have risen steadily over the last five years. [For the 2007-08 report, see ED528078.]
Connecticut Department of Higher Education. 61 Woodland Street 3rd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105. Tel: 860-947-1800; Fax: 860-947-1310; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Department of Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut