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Ascendium in the News January 22, 2021

Supporting What Works: Building Evidence on the Community College Baccalaureate

Source: New America
Author: Ivy Love

When a recession hits, we know that people with bachelor’s degrees tend to fare better than those without. In the time of COVID-19, the economic stability that a bachelor’s degree can confer is more important than ever. While increasing bachelor’s degree attainment across the country requires many different strategies, a promising one is the community college baccalaureate (CCB).

While community college bachelor’s degrees may not be well known, the CCB has steadily grown over the past three decades to reach thousands of students across the country. Rather than having to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor’s degree, community college students can stay at their home institution to earn that degree, conferred by the community college. No credit loss. No need to build relationships with a new advisor or new faculty members. No extended commute time to get to a university. Just a clear path forward. While CCB programs tend to be small, the impact on students with access to these options can be sizable.

Read the full article at New America.

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