Source: AACC analysis of Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014 Completion data file, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Carnevale A.P., Rose, S.J. & Hanson, A.R. (2012), “Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees,” Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Certificates awarded at community colleges: 2014 According to IPEDS, short-term certificates include awards for programs that are less than one academic year; medium-term certificates are programs that are at least one year, but less than two academic years; and long-term certificates are awards for at least two years, but less than four academic years…..
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