Community Colleges: Playing an Important Role in the Education of Science, Engineering, and Health Graduates

Over academic years (AY) 2001 to 2007,[2] the percentage of science, engineering, and health (SEH) graduates who had ever attended community college at some point in their studies remained fairly steady, at around 50% for bachelor’s degree recipients and just under 45% for master’s degree recipients. In addition, the percentage of SEH graduates who earned an associate’s degree also remained steady during this time, at 28% for both bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients.[3]Community college attendance was driven largely by a desire to earn credits toward a bachelor’s degree, followed by financial reasons and then by a desire to gain further skills or knowledge in an academic or occupational field. The trends and other findings presented in this InfoBrief are from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2008 National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG) (AY 2006 and 2007) and the earlier 2006 NSRCG (AY 2003, 2004, and 2005) and 2003 NSRCG (AY 2001 and 2002).

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