If you could pick up a college degree for about half the sticker price, you would, right?
If so, you've got company. More than 80 percent of community college students say when they start there they expect to continue on and eventually earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university.
Yet most students fail in that goal, according to a recently published study by the Center for Community College Research at Columbia University's Teachers College. One-third of the roughly 720,000 students who enrolled in community colleges in 2007 for the first time and were seeking degrees actually transferred to a four-year school, and only 42 percent earned a bachelor's degree within six years — far below the 60 percent completion rate for students who started at four-year colleges and universities.
Among first-time, degree-seeking community college students overall, only 14 percent managed to earn a bachelor's degree within six years, the study found.
"Too many students are failed by the current system of transfer between community colleges and universities," said Davis Jenkins, senior research associate at the center, when announcing the release of the study.