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ERIC Number: ED502349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 100
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
Community Colleges: Special Supplement to The Condition of Education 2008. Statistical Analysis Report. NCES 2008-033
Provasnik, Stephen; Planty, Michael
National Center for Education Statistics
"The Condition of Education" summarizes leading developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report, which is required by law, is an indicator report intended for a general audience of readers who are interested in education. The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which reliable data are available. For the 2008 edition, a special analysis was prepared to take a closer look at community colleges. Drawing upon a range of data sources collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the 2008 special analysis provides a descriptive profile of community colleges in the United States, examines the characteristics of community college students who entered directly from high school, and looks at rates of postsecondary persistence and attainment among community college students in general. It also compares the characteristics of these institutions and of the students who enroll in them with those of public and private 4-year colleges and universities. Selected findings include: (1) In 2006-07, there were 1,045 community colleges in the United States, enrolling 6.2 million students (35 percent of all postsecondary students enrolled that year); (2) Average annual community college tuition and fees are less than half those at public 4-year colleges and universities and one-tenth those at private 4-year colleges and universities; (3) Community colleges enroll a diverse group of students, with various reasons for going to college, and have larger percentages of non-traditional, low-income, and minority students than 4-year colleges and universities; (4) High school seniors who enrolled immediately in community colleges in 2004 spanned a range of academic achievement, including students who were well-prepared for college in terms of their performance on standardized tests and coursework completed, and a greater percentage of well-prepared seniors than did the 1992 senior cohort; (5) About two-thirds of 2004 seniors who enrolled immediately in a community college seem to have done so with the intention of pursuing a bachelor's degree or higher: as high school seniors, 28 percent had planned to use a community college as a stepping stone to a bachelor's degree and 39 percent revised their original plans to attend a 4-year college and earn a bachelor's degree by starting their postsecondary education at a community college; (6) One-third of 2004 seniors who enrolled immediately in a community college did so with no intention of pursuing any education higher than an associate's degree; however, by 2006, almost 47 percent of this group had raised their educational expectations to start or complete a bachelor's degree; and (7) Percentage of students who had left school by 2006 without completing a degree or certificate program was higher among 2003-04 community college freshmen who intended to transfer to a 4-year college than among all 2003-04 freshmen at public 4-year and private not-for-profit 4-year institutions. Technical notes about the data sources, methodology, and standard errors are included. (Contain 51 notes, 18 figures, and 28 tables.) [For "The Condition of Education, 2008," see ED501487; for "The Condition of Education 2008 in Brief," see ED501488.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
IES Funded: Yes