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ERIC Number: ED568624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
Characteristics of Associate's Degree Attainers and Time to Associate's Degree. Web Tables. NCES 2012-271
Green, Caitlin; Radwin, David
National Center for Education Statistics
The number of associate's degrees conferred by U.S. postsecondary institutions increased 30 percent from 1997 to 2007, from 571,000 to 745,000, and is projected to grow another 30 percent by 2020, a faster pace than the actual and projected growth in bachelor's degrees awarded. Despite the growing prevalence of associate's degrees, however, there are few detailed statistics on how long students take to earn an associate's degree, particularly in comparison with completion time statistics for bachelor's degrees. The Web Tables provided in this report present estimates on completion times for undergraduate students who entered postsecondary education for the first time in 2003-04 and whose first degree attained by spring 2009 was an associate's degree. The results are based on the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study of 2004/09 (BPS:04/09), a nationally representative sample of undergraduates first interviewed during the 2003-04 academic year and followed over a period of 6 academic years. A list of related NCES reports and data reports is included, along with information about PowerStats. PowerStats produces the design-adjusted standard errors necessary for testing the statistical significance of differences in the estimates. It also contains a detailed description of how each variable was created and includes question wording for items coming directly from an interview.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED); MPR Associates, Inc.
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: ED07CO0104