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11/18/2013 - Two-year college leads to four


There’s something to be said for attending a two-year college prior to a four-year university.

It's American Education Week, an annual period of the year that's devoted to celebrating the nation's schools and those who dedicate their professional lives to students' learning - from kindergarten all the way through post-graduate work. And as a recent survey suggests, those who attend two-year colleges often go on to bigger and better things in their scholastic career.

According to information collected by the nonprofit organization National Student Clearinghouse, approximately 60% of students who transfer from a two-year college continue their schooling by moving on to four-year degree programs.

The report is based on data collected from 3,500 colleges and universities throughout the country, both public and private, for the 2005-06 academic year.

Additionally, there's something to be said for attending a two-year college prior to a four-year university. The analysis also found that among those who transferred with a two-year degree or certificate, nearly three-quarters were able to attain their Bachelor's degree. Meanwhile, approximately 56% obtained their baccalaureate without a credential.

Doug Shapiro, executive director of the research center at the NSC, indicated this is proof positive that there are many different ways in which hardworking students can acquire the degree they want.

"The majority of students who transfer from a two-year to a four-year institution are successful, but pre-transfer degrees, destination institutions, timing of transfer and enrollment intensity are all important factors in completion," said Shapiro.

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