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Gallup-USA Funds Associate Degree Graduates Report

Discover the factors that contribute to great jobs, lives
and experiences among associate degree graduates.

With a surge in the number of associate degrees awarded in the U.S. in the past decade alone, it is important to study the experiences these graduates had as students and to understand the relationship between those experiences and life outcomes in areas such as employment and well-being.

The Gallup-USA Funds Associate Degree Graduates Report uses the Gallup-Purdue Index to analyze ways to achieve one of USA Funds' main goals: building a more purposeful path for America's students to and through college and on to rewarding careers and successful lives.

46%

of associate degree holders strongly agree that their education was worth the cost.

Degree holders currently working full time for an employer:

49%

of associate degree holders

56%

of bachelor's degree holders

Degree holders who strongly agree that their professors or instructors cared about them as people:

30%

of associate degree holders

26%

of bachelor's degree holders

Associate degree holders trail bachelor's degree holders in every element of well-being.

The Gallup-USA Funds Associate Degree Graduates Report yields important insights for educators, employers, alumni and prospective students into the factors that contribute to great jobs and great lives for associate degree graduates.

Higher Education

Download this report to learn:

  • What is the employment status of associate degree holders, and how do they compare with bachelor's degree grads?
  • Are associate degree holders finding work and securing positions in the fields they studied?
  • How engaged and interested are associate degree holders in their work, and how do they compare with bachelor's degree holders?
  • How does well-being differ between associate degree holders and bachelor's degree graduates?
  • What kind of support and experiential learning opportunities do associate degree holders receive during their education?
  • Do associate degree holders feel their education was worth the cost?

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