What’s the cost of a community college degree? Clive Belfield of the Community College Research Center estimates the median average cost per associate degree in 2008 to be $45,900 at academic community colleges and $36,950 at vocational colleges. “Even as graduation rates have flat-lined, the real costs of college are significantly lower in 2008 than in 1987,” the study concludes.
Evaluating colleges’ productivity is complicated by a variety of factors, including how to assess transfers and how to account for unprepared students.
The Completion Arch, a new project by College Board, will present a variety of indicators of student progress and success.