Transfer Season: Lowering The Barrier Between Community College And Four-Year College
Community colleges are a vital part of America's opportunity structure, not least because they often provide a way into higher education for adults from less advantaged backgrounds. Each year there are around 10 million undergraduates enrolled at public, two-year colleges. Among first-generation students, nearly 38 percent attend community colleges, compared to 20 percent of students with college-educated parents. Credentials from community colleges — whether short vocational courses or two-year associate degrees — can be valuable in the labor market. In theory, community colleges also provide an on-ramp for those seeking a bachelor's degree; in fact, four out of five students enrolling intend to get a 4-year degree.
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