Kent State plans to award associate degrees to undergrad students

February 26, 2014

Kent State University plans to award associate degrees to its students who are enrolled in 4-year bachelor degree programs, in an effort to give students a credential sooner and to get more state funding (funding will now be based on degrees and student success). “A growing amount of research suggests that when you award the associate degree on the way to a bachelor’s degree it helps improve student success,” says Kent State Provost Todd Diacon. “It gives a meaningful milestone for the students to reinforce they are making progress.” Diacon adds that the associate degree would also help students who leave the university before completing their 4-year degrees find employment.