Flipping the Paradigm: Why We Need Training-based Pathways to the Bachelor's Degree and How to Build Them

Students today are often faced with a difficult decision: pursue an expensive and time-intensive four-year Bachelor's program or opt for a two-year degree that, while providing some economic security, may result in a "terminal degree" without the opportunity to transfer to a four-year program later. In this report from New America, Mary Alice McCarthy examines the tradeoff between two- and four-year degree programs and the challenges to credit articulation that keep students from pursuing additional education. She offers a set of concrete reforms to both federal and state education policy to help institutions of higher education support the needs of Career Technical Education (CTE) students. 

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November 2015