ERIC Number: ED400879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Community College Outcomes. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Approximately 45% of first-time undergraduates in the United States attend public two-year colleges. These institutions serve many purposes, providing vocational training, offering an inexpensive method of completing lower division requirements before transferring to a four-year institution, and meeting avocational interests. According to United States Department of Education statistics, 37% of students who began their postsecondary education at a public community college in 1989-90 completed a degree at some institution by 1994, while 22% completed a certificate or associate degree at their original college. Moreover, 19% of these students transferred to a public four-year institution and 3% transferred to a private four-year institution, while 38% of these transfers had first completed an associate degree. By 1994, 26% of those who had transferred to four-year institutions had completed a bachelor's degree and 47% were still enrolled. Finally, for this group the higher a student's socioeconomic status (SES), the more likely that student was to transfer to a four-year institution, with 35% of high SES, 21% of middle SES, and 7% of low SES students transferring. (Author/AJL)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Extracted from "The Condition of Education, 1996."