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College Transfer Trap: Expert Reveals Shocking Success Rates


Transferring from community college to a four-year school isn’t often successful — it’s ‘terribly unfortunate,’ expert says


A recent report indicates that only 16% of community college students eventually earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.

This is because transfer policies can be hard to navigate, especially for low-income students and students of color.

To improve outcomes, states should implement clear transfer agreements between community colleges and four-year schools, and colleges should provide additional resources and support to transfer students.

Some states, like Florida, have already seen success with these kinds of initiatives.

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    “Research shows that students who complete an associate’s degree at a community college before transferring have higher success rates,”

    “Some states already have better systems in place to support the transfer process and at least 35 states even have policies that guarantee that students with an associate’s degree can then transfer to a four-year state school as a junior.”


    “Just 16% of students who start at a community college 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”

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