Report: Students earn associate degrees, certificates at equal rates to bachelor’s

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Education Dive

Colleges awarded roughly the same number of associate degrees and certificates combined (1.95 million) in 2016 as bachelor’s degrees (1.92 million), according to a new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce​.  Though the authors describe the four-year degree as the “gold standard” for stable employment, they found that depending on field of study, workers with an associate degree can earn more than someone with a bachelor’s. In some cases, certificate holders can outearn those with a bachelor’s. The center’s analysis highlights the growing focus on alternative credentials, which comes as colleges look for ways to make their programs available to a wider range of prospective students than before.

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