Says who? Of course it's significant what a college or university says about its own credentials! Colleges and universities that award Associate degrees call them degrees. Then why do they keep stamping my passport when I go there? Seriously, having lived in both places, I can assure you that the English-speaking Caribbean is decidedly not American. Caricom countries inherited the British educational system, not the American one. Indeed, but I'm not referring to undergraduate certificates, I'm referring to the Foundation degree, which is a two year degree offered by universities in the UK. Not at all. You're claiming that a particular academic practice isn't real if it's not found in other countries, and I'm providing an example of a different America-only practice that's universally recognized. An academic practice is either not real because only Americans do it, or it isn't, but you have to stick with one. You said "people" without specifying. Now you're specifying hiring managers, and conveniently I've been one of those. I would certainly agree that in most cases an Associate's degree isn't as attractive to hiring managers as a Bachelor's degree, but that's like saying a fifty dollar bill isn't really money because it doesn't buy as much as a hundred dollar bill. Besides, a Bachelor's degree in Medieval Latvian Poetry might not be as valued by most hiring managers as one in Accounting, but that doesn't mean the former isn't a degree. Neither is it uncommon for people to have an Associate's in one area and a Bachelor's in another, like you do.