Community college students often fail to achieve bachelor's degree: study

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A majority of students who head to community colleges after high school say they plan to eventually get a four-year degree, but a new report from the Century Foundation finds very few actually complete this goal.

With 11 million students, community colleges are home to 45 percent of the collegiate population in the United States. The report found 81.4 percent of students who enter community colleges for the first time planned to obtain a bachelor's degree in the future, but just 11.6 percent achieved that goal.

Brian C. Mitchell, CEO of the Edvance Foundation, said a lot of it is related to understaffed advising offices at community colleges. At Edvance, Mitchell focuses on how to help community college students transition to four-year universities.

"You may know how to get to your local community college, but when you get there you have very good but overworked community college counselors," Mitchell said.

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