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Report roundup

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

A monthly roundup of reports of interest to the community college sector.

Here are three reports that you should know about this month.

  1. Two-Year Enrollment after Bachelor’s Degree, a new National Student Clearinghouse Research Center report, reveals that the percentage of students enrolling in community colleges or other two-year institutions after earning bachelor’s degrees is at its lowest point in 14 years. For students who earned a bachelor’s degree in the 2013–14 academic year, only 5.8 percent went on to enroll in a two-year institution. Of the 10 most common fields of study for bachelor’s degrees, only graduates in biology, psychology and health professions have continued to enroll in two-year institutions at roughly pre-recession levels.
  1. Community Colleges: Multiple Missions, Diverse Student Bodies, and a Range of Policy Solutions is a new study by the Urban Institute. It provides insights on the wide range of community college missions, programs, demographics and finances across the country and examines how these differences present challenges to national policymakers seeking to improve student success. Key topics discussed are state funding, student aid, guided pathways, transfer and developmental education.
  1. The 2016 College Affordability Diagnosis comes from the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Accompanying the report is a website with 50 state affordability profiles, a Q & A document, technical report and interactive map.

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AACC 21st Century Center Staff

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