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New Research: National and State Data on Certificates & Associate Degrees Leading to a Higher Degree

by | Aug 8, 2017 | Research Reports, Research Services, Snapshot Reports |

The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ today released the Certificate/Associate Pathways Snapshot Report for all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on degrees awarded in 2010-11 that led to an associate or bachelor’s degree.

The report shows that of all associate degrees reported to the National Student Clearinghouse for the 2010-11 academic year, 575,067 were earned by students with no previous degrees or certificates. Within the next six academic years, 65 percent of these students enrolled at a four-year institution and 41 percent earned a bachelor’s degree.

 

“These numbers show the importance of associate degrees and certificates as access pathways leading to further degrees,” said Doug Shapiro, Executive Research Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “For students who cannot or choose not to start in a four-year institution, lower-cost, shorter-term credentials provide critical on-ramps to higher educational attainment.”

Colleges and universities are able to compare their students against this state and national benchmark data via the Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker® for Colleges and Universities service by running a cohort query report. For details, go to our StudentTracker site.

In March, the Research Center released Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates, which shows each state’s outcomes for students who started postsecondary education in fall 2010 at four‐year, public institutions; two‐year, public institutions; and four‐year, private, nonprofit institutions. The public and policymakers should also review our data addressing college persistence, transfer and mobility to see the bigger picture.

“These numbers show the importance of associate degrees and certificates as access pathways leading to further degrees.”

Doug Shapiro
Executive Research Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

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