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ERIC Number: ED540248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Certificate Production and the Race toward Higher Degree Attainment
State Higher Education Executive Officers
Complete College America and FutureWorks conducted an analysis of certificate production, the value of the certificate program, and the economic benefit it provides to the region and nation. The conclusion, based on labor market demand and both personal and economic returns, is that certificates count and the policy and trends around certificates deserve closer examination. This report is a follow-up that focuses on certificate production across the states and serves to answer some of the important questions raised in the first iteration: (1) What trends can we observe in certificate production?; (2) Are there different state factors driving results?; and (3) What are the policy implications of a state's certificate production? To answer these questions, this analysis presents an overview of certificate production in the United States, the types of certificates driving production, and a comparison to overall completion production in the states. The overall goal of this report is to create a context for state policy discussion and stimulate challenging questions about completion data and certificate production. Appended are: (1) 2008 FTE, Certificates, and Associates Degrees and 10 Year Growth, 1998-2008 (Public Associates Institutions); and (2) Carnegie 2005 Classification and Groupings. (Contains 1 figure, 9 tables, and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers
Identifiers - Location: United States