One study says to get your associate’s degree before moving to a four-year college.

Here’s a perplexing study: students who start at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college are almost 50% more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree within four years if they get associate’s degree first. That’s according Peter M. Crosta & Elizabeth Kopko of  Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. We know from previous research that most students would be better off starting at a four-year school in the first place. But it seems if you decide to go the community college route, that you might as well finish what you started before moving on.

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POSTED BY Jill Barshay ON April 23, 2014

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