Texas Needs Better College Transfer Plan (Opinion)

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Easy access and low cost have made community colleges the destination of choice for the majority of students seeking a higher education in Texas. But the state is not doing enough to help them reach their goals. Confusing bureaucratic rules and regulations governing course credit transfers are creating major roadblocks for some students.

Community colleges across the state have experienced phenomenal growth in the last decade. Research indicates that between 50 and 80 percent of incoming community college students arrive with the intention of earning a bachelor's degree but only about 10 percent reach that goal, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

According to Complete College America, for every 100 students enrolled in a public college in Texas, 79 started at a community college. Only 2 of those 79 students graduate from community college in two years and only 7 of them finish up their associate degree requirements after four years.

Only 28 percent of Texas community college students transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor's degree. Many of them find that some of their hard-earned course credits are being lost when they transfer.

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