Understanding the Role of Community Colleges in Four-Year Degree Attainment

In our fifth Signature Report, we examine an increasingly important role community colleges play in helping students attain a baccalaureate degree. As our results show, going from a two-year to a four-year institution is a very successful pathway to a bachelor’s degree for those who transfer.

“The report shows that most students who transfer do earn a bachelor’s degree and the data suggest that students who complete a degree at the community college are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than the thousands of students who transfer before completing their community college degree,” according to Thomas Bailey, George and Abby O’Neill Professor of Economics of Education and the Director of the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.


Suggested Citation: Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Ziskin, M., Chiang, Y. Chen, J., Torres, V., & Harrell, A. (2013, August). Baccalaureate Attainment: A National View of the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students Who Transfer from Two-Year to Four-Year Institutions (Signature Report No. 5). Herndon, VA: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.