Return on Investment, What is the Value of the Associate Degree? (2017)

Return on Investment, What is the Value of the Associate Degree? provides a checklist of high-impact practices that colleges can employ to support students on their journey to degree completion and potentially improved employment outcomes. 

Mark Schneider, vice president and institute fellow, American Institutes for Research (DC), compares subbaccalaureate credentials with baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees. In 2014, there were 100,000 more sub-baccalaureate degrees or credentials awarded than bachelor’s degrees. Schneider shows that majors matter, and specific degrees offer the potential of high earnings, particularly in fields where graduates will “fix things or people.” Community colleges can help students achieve labor market success by developing strong pipelines from college to the workplace.

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