A new report on college transfer released by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College at Columbia University, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that Texas’s community colleges and four-year institutions are above the national average (14 percent) in helping community college students transfer to and graduate from four-year schools.
Here is the full CCRC report, by Davis Jenkins and John Fink.
“Research indicates that the vast majority of students who enter higher education through community colleges intend to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher, but only 14 out of every 100 in the nation succeed,” said Dr. Jenkins, Senior Research Associate at CCRC. "These findings show us that while Texas has relatively strong bachelors degree outcomes among community college students compared to other states, more can be done to address the disparity in outcomes between lower- and higher-income students," according to the press release.
Among Texas community college students who started in the fall of 2007, 15 percent transferred and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years of initially enrolling. The new report, which ranks 43 states (seven states did not have enough available data to be included in the rankings), includes measurements on a number of factors that contribute to the success of both community colleges and four-year schools in increasing the rate that community college students earn bachelor’s degrees, the statement says.
Here is the breakdown on how Texas fared:
How Texas Measures Up Community College to
Four-Year College Transfer and Bachelor’s Degree Attainment