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New Research: Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students

ACE Research on Credential CompletionEach year, millions of students enter community colleges looking to earn a credential or degree. In fact, 45 percent of all undergraduates are enrolled in a community college, highlighting the need for these institutions to help individuals achieve their education goals as well as meeting the labor-market needs of our nation.

A new research brief, Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students, provides recommended approaches for institutions to assess student likelihood of success, and recommendations to encourage credential attainment.

In the report, published jointly by Hobsons and ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, Dr. Jonathan Turk explores the relationships between credential/degree completion and student demographics, academic preparation, educational aspirations, enrollment decisions, and college experiences.  explore the relationships between credential/degree completion and student demographics, academic preparation, educational aspirations, enrollment decisions, and college experiences.

The complete report is available for download here.

Hobsons and ACE will host a webinar on Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to review the findings and discuss strategies for students who enroll in community college directly after high school. The confirmed speakers are:

  • Jonathan Turk, author and senior policy research analyst, CPRS
  • Ellen Wagner, vice president of research, Hobsons
  • David Schuler, superintendent, Township High School District 214 in Illinois

Register for the Webinar here.

This research brief analyzes data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, a nationally representative study that tracked students who began 10th grade in 2002 over a 10-year period. It is the second in a series about community college students by ACE and supported by Hobsons. The first paper, Improving the Odds: An Empirical Look at the Factors That Influence Upward Transfer, was released earlier this year.