|Subbaccalaureate certificates, postsecondary awards conferred as the result of successful
completion of a formal program of study below the baccalaureate level, have become more
prominent in higher education over the last decade. Institutions of all sectors offer
subbaccalaureate certificates, which can range in length from a few months to more than 2 years.
Subbaccalaureate certificates provide individuals with a means for gaining specific skills and
knowledge that can be readily transferred to the workforce. As part of its mission to
promote the quality, comparability, and utility of postsecondary data, the National Postsecondary
Education Cooperative (NPEC) convened a working group to examine subbaccalaureate
certificates and how they are reported in the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).