The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a new study today that shows more than 60 percent of students who earned an associate degree when they were 20 years old or younger went on to earn a bachelor's within six years. For all students who earned an associate degree, 41 percent finished a bachelor's degree within six years.
The research backs claims that a degree from a two-year institution will help pave a path toward a bachelor's degree. The study also found that it took on average 2.8 years for students with an associate degree to earn a bachelor's.
"Measuring the extent to which certificates and associates degrees serve as stepping-stones to higher educational awards is critical to understanding today's educational pathways," said Doug Shapiro, executive research director of the center, in a news release. "These first credentials are increasingly the entry points of choice for disadvantaged and first-generation college students, making them important to questions of equity in postsecondary degree attainment."