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The Characteristics of Occupational Students in Postsecondary Education

Bailey, Thomas R.; Leinbach, D. Timothy; Scott, Marc; Alfonso, Mariana; Kienzl, Gregory S.; Kennedy, Benjamin

This Brief presents a profile of the enrollment, demographic, and educational characteristics, and the educational goals, of community college students in occupational programs. It compares their features with those of community college students in academic programs and with baccalaureate students. This analysis further considers the distinct features of occupational students enrolled in certificate degree programs. The Brief stands alone as a comparative description of these students, but also provides important background material for CCRC’s companion Briefs on postsecondary occupational students, Educational Outcomes of Postsecondary Occupational Students and Who Benefits from Postsecondary Occupational Education? Findings from the 1980s and 1990s.


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Community College Research Center
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
CCRC Brief, 21
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March 6, 2013
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