Students With Credentials Fare Better as Transfers From Community Colleges

Students who transfer from community colleges to four-year institutions having already earned either a certificate or an associate degree are more likely to make it to the finish line, especially if they plow straight through rather than take time off, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

The report is based on a study of the six-year outcomes of students who started at two-year colleges and transferred to four-year institutions during the 2005-6 academic year.

Those who completed certificates or associate degrees before transferring had a better chance of coming out with a bachelor’s degree: 72 percent of them earned B.A.’s, compared with 56 percent of students who had moved on without a credential. Other factors, including what type of institution students transferred to and whether they enrolled part or full time, also seemed to affect students’ outcomes.

Over all, 62 percent of the transfer students earned at least a bachelor’s degree within six years of leaving their two-year colleges; 8 percent were still enrolled at a four-year institution; and 4 percent either were re-enrolled or had completed a credential back in the two-year sector. The remaining students, more than 26 percent, appeared to have dropped out. <Read more.>

Via Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Ed.