Certificates and Associate Degrees Can Outearn Bachelor’s.

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Autor*in(nen): Carnevale, Anthony; Garcia, Tanya; Ridley, Neil & Quinn, Michael
Jahr: 2020
Dokumenttyp: Graue Literatur
Publikationstyp(en): Theoretisches Dokument
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Education beyond high school is now the preferred currency for workers seeking economic opportunity in the US labor market. Since the 1980s, the bachelor’s degree has been the gold standard for stable employment and lifetime earnings and the most promising route to the middle class. But it’s not the only route. We know the most about two of the options on the middle-skills pathway: certificates and associate’s degrees. Today the combined number of certificates and associate’s degrees awarded by colleges is roughly equivalent to the number of bachelor’s degrees, around 2 million per year, with certificates and associate’s degrees each accounting for about 1 million. The students earning the vast majority of these credentials attend public two-year colleges. Due to limitations in the data, we focus in this report on certificates and associate’s degrees. In our analysis, we find that certificate and associate’s degree programs enroll a high proportion of Black and Latino students, as well as low-income students and older adults.


Carnevale, Anthony; Garcia, Tanya; Ridley, Neil & Quinn, Michael (2020). Certificates and Associate Degrees Can Outearn Bachelor’s. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Abgerufen von https://1gyhoq479ufd3yna29x7ubjn-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/CEW-SubBA.pdf.

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