The Community College Advantage
There apparently is one:
Most deadlines for fall transfer admissions land between January and March. That means that admissions committees around the country are starting to make their decisions about who they’ll be accepting right now. Yet when it comes to building a student population that’s likely to graduate, many of the most promising students are least likely to get into the best schools. The source of these star pupils? Community colleges.
New research from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation makes it clear: community college students who transfer to selective four-year schools perform as well as—or even better than—their peers who come directly from high school.
What’s interesting to me is that you would expect the demographics of the average community college student to cut against it. Overwhelming that, it appears, is the likelihood that community colleges are successfully filtering for those that are genuinely college material. Notably, doing so at a much lower cost (to both the student and government) than going straight to a university.
I find it interesting if universities are predisposed against such transfers, though. The understanding I had is that they liked transfers and that going to community college improves your chances of eventually getting in and even work with community colleges to make it happen. I’m talking about selective state universities, though. I could see it being very different with selective private ones.