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ERIC Number: EJ925893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Higher Calling
Ullman, Ellen
Community College Journal, v81 n5 p38-40, 42-43 Apr-May 2011
Community colleges have always been good stepping stones to four-year colleges. But despite a number of programs that promise admission to four-year schools upon completion of a two-year associate program, many transfer students fail to meet the standards for a baccalaureate degree. A National Center for Education Statistics report found that of first-time, public two-year college students in 2003-04 who transferred to a four-year college, only 29 percent attained a bachelor's degree. As pressure mounts to boost the nation's college completion rate, community colleges must increase the number of students who complete two-year associate programs en route to a four-year degree. Though several potential roadblocks--a lack of communication between institutions, cost, and a long-standing bureaucratic morass, to name a few--continue to make transfer difficult, many colleges are addressing these challenges through stronger counseling services, smoother credit-transfer agreements, and clearer pathways to programs of study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A