Texas employer perspectives and uses of the Associate of Applied Science degree: a qualitative study
Coronado, Herlinda Martinez
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The study describes employer understandings of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and it identifies employer practices which refiect these understandings. Research questions on how employers utilize academic credentials in selecting or advancing members of their workforce, and on what understandings employers have about associate degrees in general and Associate of Applied Science degrees specifically were addressed. A qualitative research approach was selected in order to facilitate an increased understanding of employers' perspectives and actions in naturalistic settings. ThuroVs Job Competition Model, including the practice of credentialism, served as the theoretical framework for the study because it reflects employer focus on the workforce.