Community college students are less likely to graduate than students who solely attend four-year colleges. Why is this happening?
A new study reports that plenty of community college students would love to earn bachelor’s degrees, but they can’t transfer all their credits to their new school … and as a result, those credits are lost in the ether, and their community college credits become a waste of money. And the numbers behind this are staggering and disappointing.
CBS News reports, “Roughly 14 percent of transfer students had to start nearly from scratch. Their new institutions accepted fewer than 10 percent of their community college credits. Only 58 percent of transfer students were able to move more than 90 percent of their credits to four-year institutions. The remaining 28 percent of transfer students lost between 10 percent and 89 percent of their credits.”
Uh, yikes. Can you blame these students for not wanting to live like Van Wilder forever? Because that gets expensive.
Students who were actually able to transfer all of their credits saw more than double the graduation rate of their peers who couldn’t transfer their own credits. And interestingly, those community college students who were able to transfer their credits to a four-year university had almost identical graduation rates as those who began their educations at four-year schools.
81 percent of community college students report that they want to earn a four-year degree. Colleges shouldn’t be making it this difficult by screwing those hardworking students over with transfer credits–especially when so many employers demand college degrees for jobs as basic as customer service positions.