Special Analysis 2008: Community Colleges

August 21, 2008

From the National Center For Education Statistics comes a report on the condition of education which takes a closer look at community colleges.

“Drawing upon a wide range of data sources collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the 2008 special analysis provides a descriptive profile of community colleges in the United States, examines the characteristics of community college students who entered directly from high school, and looks at rates of postsecondary persistence and attainment among community college students in general. It also compares the characteristics of these institutions and of the students who enroll in them with those of public and private 4-year colleges and universities.”

One of the selected findings includes: “One-third of 2004 [high school] seniors who enrolled immediately in a community college did so with no intention of pursuing any education higher than an associate’s degree; however, by 2006, almost 47 percent of this group had raised their educational expectations to start or complete a bachelor’s degree.”

See the study at: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/2008/analysis/

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