Degree Out of Reach: For Community College Students, Making The Jump is Difficult

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Over the past few months, The Takeaway's Community College Challenge has profiled five colleges with special programs and partnerships. These schools are unique to their locations and the communities they serve and, in many ways, these community colleges are that of an American success story.

While these schools stand out, there are also a number of barriers facing many community colleges and their students. A new report out today tackles one of them—transfer to bachelor degree programs.

The report, titled "Tracking Transfer: New Measures of Institutional and State Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students Attain Bachelor's Degrees," was researched by The Aspen Institute, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, and The Community College Research Center at Columbia University.

While it doesn't make sense for all community college students to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four year institution, it's exceedingly difficult for those who want to. Davis Jenkins, senior research associate with the Community College Research Center at Columbia, looked at the numbers and says community colleges and four year schools need to work together better to get transfer students on track right away.

What you'll learn from this segment:

  • What the key findings of this report are.
  • Why it's been difficult for community college students to transfer to four year institutions. 
  • What needs to change to ensure more students can succeed.

How do community colleges in your area stack up? Click on our interactive map below to find out. 

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