When Julia Glenn was ready to transfer from community college to a four-year school for her bachelor’s degree, Kansas made it easy. Under a state program, credits earned at a community college are completely accepted at all public universities in the state. Education officials say that program has a lot to do with Kansas’ standing in a new report on students completing their college education within six years. Kansas, it turns out, is the national leader in the percentage of community college students who continue on to get a degree from a four-year institution. “The majority of my credits from Kansas City Kansas Community College transferred easily to the University of Kansas,” said Glenn, who last year graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from KU. At 23, she now works full time at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s annual report lists only six states — Virginia, Iowa, North Dakota, Texas and Illinois, along with Kansas — as seeing 20 percent or more of students who started at a two-year public school finish with a degree from a four-year institution. Kansas had the highest rate at 25.2 percent. Missouri, at 17.8 percent, finished ahead of the national average of 16.2 percent.“It was exciting to read the results presented in this new report … in part because it validates the collaborative approach we have taken in Kansas across all public post-secondary institutions,” said Andy Tompkins, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. (More)
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By MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS, The Kansas City Star,03/01/2015.
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