Illinois Community Colleges Rank at Top of Nation in Students Attaining Degrees

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A new report finds that across the United States, only 14% of students starting in community colleges transfer to four-year schools and earn bachelor’s degrees; Illinois is an exception to that statistic.

According to the Community College Research Center, even in states like Illinois, with the best track records, only about one in five community college students transfer and graduate within six years of enrolling. In states at the bottom of the list, transfer and graduation rates are in the single digits.

States that are above the national average both in transferring students from community colleges to four-year schools and in bachelor’s degree attainment include: Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee and Texas.

Illinois was third among all states in the country on that list, at 17%.

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