A new generation, it seems, of bachelor degrees will not be getting a boost from President Donald Trump.
But one thing is certain, he won’t be signing them up.
Trump has been the biggest proponent of the new-age bachelor’s degree.
But he’s not alone in his disdain for the new thing, which has come to be known as the 90 degree rotation.
Trump and other Republicans have repeatedly called for a return to the days of full-time students graduating in six years, or the traditional bachelor’s.
The idea of students entering a degree program in a full-fledged way, rather than in two or three years, has been championed by Trump and his aides.
But even as the new degrees have gained steam in recent years, they haven’t attracted the kind of enthusiasm that the new wave of graduates had.
In fact, the number of bachelor degree programs graduating each year in the U.S. is actually down from the late 2000s.
“It is time for a radical rethinking of the degree that Americans have become accustomed to,” Trump said at the start of his campaign.
“It is a great American success story.
It is a credit to the American worker.”
But it’s clear that Trump’s focus on the 90 degrees isn’t translating into higher graduation rates for the incoming class of bachelor, associate and master’s degrees.
That’s not surprising.
In 2016, the overall U.C.L.A. graduate rate, which is based on the number, proportion and type of bachelor and associate degrees received in a given year, was 6.2 percent, according to the Department of Education.
That was down from 7.2 in 2012 and 6.5 in 2011.
But the drop was just 0.1 percentage points compared to the previous year.
The overall graduation rate for the full-year bachelor’s program dropped from 76.9 percent in 2016 to 71.2 and for the associate degree from 81.6 to 77.6 percent.
The graduation rate was down slightly from 82.9 in 2020 and 84.1 in 2009.
But overall, the rate for a bachelor’s in a bachelor degree program was up from 70.6 in 2016 and 71.4 in 2020.
The number of full degrees awarded fell from 6,078 in 2016, down from 6.4 a year earlier, to 6,898 in 2020, down slightly.
And the number awarded to a master’s degree fell from 2,976 to 2,890.
For the most part, however, the graduation rate is still higher for full- and associate-degree programs.
In 2019, the bachelor’s graduation rate rose to 72.4 percent, the associate’s rose to 69.3 percent and the master’s rose from 69.2 to 70.4.
The difference is that the bachelor and master degrees for the 2019 cohort were not as popular as the 2019 class, which received nearly 4,000 more bachelor’s than associate’s degrees and almost 3,000 fewer master’s.
But a closer look at graduation rates over time, according the UC-LAC data, shows that while the new generation bachelor’s programs are not popular, they are actually gaining in popularity.
In 2016, about 4.4 million full-degree degrees were awarded.
By 2020, the full degree program received 2.9 million bachelor’s and 2.7 million associate’s.
The new generation programs are gaining in both numbers, according their data.
That’s not to say that the graduation rates are going up, of course.
The overall U,C.D.C.’s bachelor’s completion rate was 72.1 percent in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.
That figure was down a bit from 79.7 percent in 2020 — a drop of 0.5 percentage points.
But it was still the highest rate in the nation.
The completion rate for associate’s was 76.7, the highest for bachelor’s at 78.7 and the highest overall at 79.3.
But those numbers have fluctuated over the years, as have the graduation numbers.
For instance, the 2010-11 and 2011-12 cohorts were the last to reach the 90-degree mark, respectively.