CAC’s commonly used terms:
Area of Interest – is a grouping of certificates, degrees, and pathways within a discipline.
Degree – a two-year qualification.
- The AA (Associate of Arts), AS (Associate of Science), and ABUS (Associate of Business) are transferrable to a four-year institution.
- The AAS degree (Associate of Applied Science) prepares students to enter the workforce.
Certificate – typically one to two-semester course of study (qualification) that may lead to entry into the workforce or fulfills a portion of a degree.
Pathway – a focused area of study (like a major).