Some 787,300 associate’s degrees were awardedin 2008-09, a 41 percent increase in a decade. One third of degrees were in liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities; another fifth were in health fields. While psychology degrees more than doubled in 10 years, engineering and engineering technologies, a heavily male field, showed an 8 percent decline.
About 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2008–09 were awarded to women, the report found.
Long-term unemployment has hit hardest at men with a high school diploma or less. The trends are not good.