Community colleges serving as launch point for transfer students

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Community colleges serving as launch point for transfer students

Some men and women of faith find themselves transferring to another Christian university after they begin their studies. However, other individuals purposefully choose to enroll at community colleges and plan to transfer after two years. This approach could save these students money in the long run.

According to the St. Charles County Suburban Journal, increasing numbers of students are enrolling at community colleges with the intention of transferring to four-year colleges later on.

“I think there’s real awareness of the importance of going to college and getting a degree and that the two-year college is being valued as a great starting place to a four-year degree,” said Ron Chesbrough, president of St. Charles Community College, as quoted by the news source.

Data from the National Student Clearinghouse indicated that 50 percent of graduates in Missouri began their qualifications at a two-year college in 2010-2011, according to the news source.

Historical statistics published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities suggests that this approach is more common in states with large community college systems, such as California and Illinois. In fact, in 1998, approximately 82 percent of transfer students applying to public universities were originally community college students.

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