Elite Colleges’ Blind Spot: Community College Students

Community college has long been recognized as a cost-efficient ramp into a bachelor’s degree program. Yet many of the most prepared community college students don’t make it beyond their two-year institution. And shots are even slimmer for those looking to transfer to a four-year school with high graduation rates.

Each year more than 50,000 high-achieving and low- to moderate-income community college students—those with at least a 3.0 GPA—don’t transfer to a four-year school, according to research from the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

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