Much has been written about the value of a college degree and the annual salary and job security that come along with academic achievement. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2014) shows that bachelor’s degree holders earn 63% more than those with a high school diploma or GED. While some prospective adult learners may realize that a degree could amount to more than half a million dollars over a lifetime, many are motivated by other reasons. The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and its Center for Research and Consulting (CRC) and Hobsons partnered with 14 institutions over the past two years to determine the impact of credit credentials on the adult learner.

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