Adult Learners and the Applied Baccalaureate


The first phase of this project studied all 50 states to determine the extent to which the degrees are offered, contributing factors that led to the creation of the degrees and the decisions not to create the degrees, when applicable.

The second phase was designed to study some states with notable policies and practices, paying particular attention at how well they address the diverse needs of adult learners.

Project Profile

The Adult Learner and the Applied Baccalaureate project documentedthe applied baccalaureate phenomenon in the United States, including the extent to which applied baccalaureate programs target adult learners. Recognizing the vital link between a healthy economy and a well-educated adult workforce, this project documented educational opportunities as well as public policy and policy-oriented initiatives associated with applied baccalaureate degrees awarded by associate degree-granting and traditional baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. The project was also designed to identify factors that influence the development and sustenance of these degree options for adult learners, and forecast the likelihood that these degrees will continue to meet the needs of adult learners seeking baccalaureate-level employment.

project-profileProject Profile. The Adult Learner and the Applied Baccalaureate

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WEBINAR: The Applied Baccalaureate and Technical Transfer
May 11, 2011
Findings from the Lumina AB project, and an outline of the upcoming NSF-ATE project on AB degrees in STEM fields.
Debra D. Bragg and Collin M. Ruud

Influences Affecting the Development of the Applied Baccalaureate
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 15, 2009
Preliminary findings from the project’s national inventory of AB programs, including the influences that impact the implementation of AB degrees.
Barbara K. Townsend, Debra D. Bragg, and Collin M. Ruud
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 15, 2009

The Applied Baccalaureate Degree: The Right Time and Place?
Council for the Study of Community Colleges Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, April 3, 2009 
Analysis of AB degree programs from the state policy context, using Kingdon’s Multiple Streams framework.
Collin M. Ruud, Debra D. Bragg, and Barbara K. Townsend

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