It’s no surprise that completion
rates for community college
students increase when looking
at a longer time frame. A new
National Student Clearinghouse
Research Center (NSCRC) study
looks at completion rates for the
fall 2010 cohort of public two-year
college starters. At the end of six
years, the completion rate was
39 percent. That rate increased
6 percentage points to 45 percent
at the end of eight years.
The study also examined completion rates by race and ethnicity.
Asian students’ completion rate
increased from 43. 8 percent at the
end of six years to 54.5 percent at
the end of eight years, representing an 11-percentage point total
increase. Hispanic students had
a 7. 2 percentage point increase
(from 33.0 percent to 40. 3 percent),
white students had a 6-percentage
point increase (from 45. 1 percent
to 51. 1 percent), and black students
had a 5. 1 percentage point increase
(from 30. 9 percent to 33 percent).
NSCRC also released a study
on credential earning. A growing
number of students earning two-and four-year degrees already have
a prior credential, whether a certificate, associate or baccalaureate
degree, according to the study.
earners, 8. 4 percent who received
their degree in 2017-18 had a prior
certificate, compared to 6. 7 percent
in 2012-13. Another 8. 2 percent
had a previous associate degree,
compared to 6. 9 percent in 2012-13.
And 4. 1 percent had a baccalaureate
or higher, compared to 3. 7 percent
These studies are available at
How well are
Survey of Entering
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