Is it really cheaper to start at a community college?: the consequences of inefficient transfer for community college students seeking bachelor's degrees

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Author: Belfield, Clive R.; Fink, John; Jenkins, Davis


For many students who intend to complete a bachelor's degree, the savings from starting their undergraduate education at a community college is a major factor in their college choice. Yet, given inefficiencies in pathways through college and in the credit transfer process, initially attending a two-year college may be a false economy. In this paper [the authors] investigate whether it is more efficient for students to start at a two-year or four-year college if their intent is to complete a bachelor's degree. [The authors] use data from two [US] state systems, including term-by-term...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Pathways; Finance; Statistics; Students; Qualifications

Keywords: Cost effectiveness; Decision making; Data analysis; Articulation; Credit transfer; Student behaviour

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: New York, New York: Community College Research Center, 2017

Physical description: 24 p.

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Series: CCRC working paper; no. 94

Resource type: Working paper

Call number: TD/TNC 128.628

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