Survey: Most 2-Year Colleges Lack Resources for Supports

While plenty of programs for first-year students — summer bridge, first-year orientation, first-year student success courses, advising and counseling, learning communities — have found success in four-year colleges and universities, a new study examined the issues two-year schools face in getting students engaged in the campus, staying in school and accumulating credits.

The survey, produced by nonprofits Ithaka S+R and Two Year First Year (TYFY), found that first-year programming is “very common” among the 174 public institutions (both two-year and four-year) that participated (though the report noted the survey data could be inflated due to “self-selection”).

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