Much has been written about the value of a college degree and the annual salary and job security that come with it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2012) shows that bachelor’s degree holders earn 63% more than those with a high school diploma or GED.

Over the course of a lifetime, that amounts to a total of over half a million dollars in wages.

The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), its Center for Research and Consulting (CRC), and Hobsons partnered with eight institutions to determine the impact of credit credentials on the adult learner. Institutions contributed by providing the names and contact information of over 1,600 adult learner graduates from the past 5 years.

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