Report confirms greater role for community colleges

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A recent report published by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows the growing role of community colleges in promoting degree achievement.

According to the report, published Aug. 6, more than 60 percent of the students who transferred from two-year schools during the 2005-06 academic year obtained degrees at four-year institutions. The report was based on data gathered from more than 3,500 participating colleges and universities and included 98 percent of students attending public and private nonprofit post secondary schools nationally.

Highlighted within the report was the clearinghouse’s finding that students who completed their associate degree or certificate at a community college were more likely to attain a baccalaureate (72 percent) than those who did not complete a community college program (56 percent).

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