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Community college students: Goals, academic preparation, and outcomes. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports (NCES 2003-164)

Citation

Hoachlander, G., Sikora, A. C., & Horn, L. (2003). Community college students: Goals, academic preparation, and outcomes. Postsecondary Education Descriptive Analysis Reports (NCES 2003-164). Washington, DC: National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES); U.S. Department of Education.

Abstract

This report provides information on the varying goals, preparation, and outcomes of community college students using 3 different data sources. Although educational objectives vary among students enrolled in community colleges, most students say they desire a formal credential, either from the community college or through transfer to a 4-year institution. Controlling for student objective and ignoring those who do not seek a certificate or degree, between 40 and 50 percent of students who first enrolled in a community college had attained a credential within 6 to 8 years. An additional 12 to 13 percent had not attained a credential but had transferred to a 4-year institution