The Impact of Major on Earnings for Associate Degree Holders

February 14, 2020

Share this

Title: The Overlooked Value of Certificates and Associate’s Degrees

Source: Georgetown University. Center on Education and the Workforce

Author: Anthony P. Carnevale, Tanya I. Garcia, Neil Ridley, and Michael C. Quinn.

A recent report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzes student participation and labor-market outcomes for associate degree and certificate recipients. The findings show large differences in earnings by field of study, with engineering and architecture associate degree holders earning twice as much as associate degree holders in education or the arts.

Among other findings, the report highlights high participation rates by Black, Latino, low-income, and older students in associate degree programs, indicating a more diverse student body for these programs than for bachelor’s degree programs.

The report concludes with a few policy recommendations that emphasize the importance of improving data transparency, data collection, and accountability.

To learn more about these findings, click here.

—Maria Claudia Soler

If you have any questions or comments about this blog post, please contact us.

Keep Reading

Joint and Dual Degree Programs Gain Steam Worldwide

ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement’s 2014 report, Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives explores the landscape of such programs in the United States, including characteristics and policies, academic focus areas, partner locations and programmatic challenges, and their role in broader institutional strategy and planning.

March 30, 2015

General Education, the Four-Year Degree and Employment: What Needs to Change?

Which segment of the four-year degree is supposed to enhance students’ employable skills and prepare them for a job? Most would probably think, the courses in their degree major. But increasingly, employers are saying they can train employees in the specialized technical skills associated with their jobs. It’s the intangible skills that they hope will be taught by colleges and universities.

October 15, 2014
chairs in a classroom

Individual Acts of Inclusivity Have the Greatest Impact

There has been a great deal of energy expended on diversifying the faculty on college campuses in recent years, and the discussion has ramped up lately with the focus on student protests and demands for a more inclusive campus climate. ACE’s Kim Bobby discusses effective processes for building and retaining a diverse faculty—and how true inclusivity takes individual self-reflection and action.

July 25, 2016