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Recent Trends in Degrees and Certificates Awarded (2011-2016)

by Joshua Meadors

The newest Degrees and Certificates Reports are available from the following links:
Degrees and Certificates Awarded – El Camino College
Degrees and Certificates Awarded – Compton Center

These reports highlight the trends in degrees and certificates awarded at El Camino College and Compton Center for the academic years 2011-12 to 2015-16. These trends are discussed in relation to minimum standards and aspirational goals set by El Camino College (ECC). Detailed summaries of these reports are in the post below.

For ECC, the overall awards have increased during this five-year period, and especially during the 2015-16 academic year. ECC shows a five-year growth of 47% for the number of degrees awarded, but a five-year decline of 4% for the number of certificates awarded (although there is a five-year growth of 36% for all awards conferred). The number of certificates awarded (471) has once again exceeded the standard set by the college (435). The number of degrees awarded (2,482) has continued to increase when compared to previous years, making the 2015-16 academic year the first period where ECC has exceeded the 2019-20 degree award goal (2,232) established in its Strategic Plan.

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Compared to the previous year, there has been an increase in the number of each type of degree awarded at ECC. The 2015-16 academic year also exhibits the most associate degrees for transfer (ADTs) awarded, although coding of the data makes it difficult to determine how many of these were degrees for transfer with locally-designed curricula from ECC and how many were ADTs officially designated by the Chancellor’s Office. Nevertheless, an increasing number of ECC’s students have been completing transfer programs with each passing year.

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These reports also include information on program awards disaggregated according to student demographics and award types, as well as counts of awards conferred by the specific academic programs. For more information on ECC’s awards, please see the complete ECC Degrees and Certificates Report.

For Compton Center, overall awards have increased substantially during this five-year period. Compton Center shows a five-year growth of 66% for the number of degrees awarded and 78% for the number of certificates awarded (a 70% five-year growth for all awards conferred). The institution-set standards for both degrees and certificates awarded has been met throughout the five-year period discussed in this report. The number of degrees and certificates has continued to increase, making the 2015-16 academic year the first period where Compton Center has exceeded the 2019-20 program award goals established by ECC.

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Compared to the previous year, there has been an increase in the number of each type of degree awarded at Compton Center. Similar to ECC, more Compton Center students have completed transfer degree programs in 2015-16 compared to any previous year, and the number of students completing transfer programs has continually increased with each passing year.

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The 2015-16 academic year also denotes a substantial increase in the number of certificates awarded at Compton Center. There were nearly twice as many certificates awarded in the 2015-16 academic year compared to the previous year, and 2015-16 yielded the highest number of certificates awarded during the past five years, with the majority of these awards coming from the Industry and Technology or Behavioral and Social Sciences divisions. The number of both short-term and long-term certificates nearly doubled over the previous year. This suggests relatively more students are completing each type of program, rather than seeing an increase in only short-term or long-term certificates.

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These reports also include information on program awards disaggregated according to student demographics and award types, as well as counts of awards conferred by the specific academic programs. For more information on Compton Center’s awards, please see the complete Compton Center Degrees and Certificates Report.

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