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Recent research on the labor market returns to short-term educational credentials—particularly certificates and associate degrees in technical fields—suggests that such training can be as lucrative, or more so, than a four-year degree. For many working adults without a college degree, completing such a credential could be very beneficial. Yet many Americans appear to be unaware of these options or, worse, view them as a distant second-best in a culture obsessed with the traditional college education.
The new year promises many surprises politically. With a new Congress, a lame duck president, and the 2016 presidential campaign season in full swing, the political landscape will be lively. Here are some things the scholars in AEI’s Political Corner and Education policy will be watching most closely in 2015.
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