Most students start California community colleges with plans to transfer after two years and earn a four-year college degree. But 25 percent drop out by the end of the first semester and even more lower their academic sights, according to Beyond Access, a study by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). Some 40 percent return for second semester with their college aspirations intact. Furthermore, only about 40 percent of students who persist for a full year in community college eventually transfer to a four-year institution.
The study doesn’t include statistics on what percentage of students who do transfer go on to earn a four-year degree. Nationally, the figures are low. Overall, California spends $73,000 on undergraduate education for every student who earns a degree.
Not surprisingly, full-time students who don’t require remedial classes do the best. Asian-Americans have the highest grades and persistence rates by race and ethnicity, blacks the lowest.
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