ERIC Number: EJ744097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Does the Vocational Focus of Community Colleges Hinder Students' Educational Attainment?
Review of Higher Education, v29 n4 p499-526 Sum 2006
This study examines the effects of vocational focus of community colleges on students' educational attainment. By examining different aspects of vocational education and three distinct student outcomes, the results demonstrate variation in the extent to which institutional focus on vocational training influences students' progress through higher education. Controlling for individual and state characteristics, this study found that the vocational focus of associate degree programs has no negative effects on students' educational attainment. However, when institutions move away from degree-granting programs and focus on awarding short-term certificates, students' likelihood of earning associate degrees is adversely affected.
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Educational Attainment, Vocational Education, Case Studies, Community Colleges, Educational Certificates, Certification
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