US community colleges seeing steady growth in humanities degrees

January 21, 2015

New data released by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences show that humanities fields have seen steady growth at US community colleges. According to a new Humanities Indicator report, liberal arts and liberal studies associate degrees awarded at community colleges increased by an average rate of 4.3% per year from 1987–2013, and the total number of associate degrees awarded each year in these fields grew from 113,587 to 338,688. Growth was most pronounced from 2010–12, reaching an average annual rate of 8.5%. These figures run counter to the trend at 4-year colleges in the US, where the number of degrees awarded in core humanities disciplines has dropped 3 times in the last 4 years, and where the share of degrees awarded in humanities fields hit 6.5% in 2013—the lowest level ever recorded. Inside Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education | Full Report