Most transfers earn 4-year degree

Sixty percent of community college transfer students earn a bachelor’s degree within four years and another 12 percent were enrolled but hadn’t graduated, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Graduation rates are significantly higher for transfers with an associate degree:  71 percent earn a bachelor’s within four years and another 9 percent are still trying.

Forty-five percent of  four-year graduates in 2010-11 had previously enrolled at a two-year college, a September NSCRC report found.

However, community college transfers are an elite group. Only one in five community college students transfers to a four-year college or university, notes College Bound.

Most new community college students have very high goals: More than 80 percent of students are aiming for at least a bachelor’s degree, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Forty-four percent want a graduate or professional degree. Remedial students have slightly higher aspirations: Only 16 percent are working toward a certificate or associate degree.

Yet, only 5.9 percent of community college students complete a bachelor’s degree within five years. Another 13.1 percent earn an associate degree and 7.4 percent earn a certificate, reports NCES.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON November 12, 2012

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