Nearly one out of every five students who earned a master’s degree last year initially entered higher education through a community college, according to data released this month by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
In addition, 11 percent of graduates from doctoral-research programs started out at a two-year school.
“Community college is typically viewed as a portal to the baccalaureate degree, but this study shows that it also helps many individuals access the lifetime employment benefits associated with a master’s or doctorate,” Suzanne T. Ortega, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, noted in a recent Clearinghouse blog post. “I hope this study will inspire new strategies for helping community college students chart a path to graduate school.”
Community college grads were most likely to pursue advanced degrees in fields related to health, the social sciences, education, and business.