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Community College success rates are low, especially in Indiana

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Indiana has one of the worst success rates for community college students in the entire country.

Recently released federal data shows that less than one in ten Indiana students who enroll in a community college go on to earn degrees from four-year institutions. WFYI reports it’s a national problem, with the U.S. Department of Education saying just 13% of those who enrolled in community college programs in 2014 graduated from a four-year program within eight years. Indiana’s rate is 7%.

The pandemic had a notable impact, when many classrooms shifted to online work. Another problem is certain credits that won’t transfer, forcing students to retake classes, which discourages them to move forward.


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1 comment

Charles U Farley March 20, 2024 at 9:31 am

The migration to online coursework was a positive, not a negative. The byzantine morass of rules governing college credit transfers is and always has been the biggest problem.


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