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Study finds that community college students who earn an associate degree before transferring are more likely to earn a bachelor's degree than their peers who transfer without one.

Posted: 4/30/2014 - 09:08 AM

Community college students who earn an associate degree before transferring to a four-year institution are more likely to earn a bachelor's degree than their peers who transfer without one, according to new research from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University's Teachers College. After controlling for background characteristics, the study (Should Community College Students Earn an Associate Degree Before Transferring to a Four-Year Institution?) found that transfer students with associate degrees were 49% more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree within four years, and 22% more likely to earn one within six years.

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