Community college transfer pathway doesn’t work for everyone

Nationwide, only about one-third of students who start at community colleges ultimately transfer to four-year schools, and fewer than half of those transfer students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.

That means just 16% of all community college students attain a bachelor’s degree, according to recent reports by the Community College Research Center at Columbia University, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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