Education: Confusion by Degrees

Most people know that college degrees include bachelor's, master's and doctor's, but they get lost in the abbreviations. No wonder, reported the U.S. Office of Education last week. In a 324-page book that must have required the toughest translating job since Linear B, the bureau reported that the nation's colleges and universities now issue more than' 1,600 degrees (v. about 60 in 1887), and the system is "chaotic."

Confusion comes largely from new variations of the standard degrees, notably in engineering (348), education (256) and business (176). The agricultural Bachelor of Science comes in 31 variations, including Agricultural Journalism, Rural Sociology...

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