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Fewer Bachelor's Holders at Two-Year Institutions

August 25, 2016

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that fewer students are enrolling in two-year institutions after earning bachelor's degrees.

Of students who earned a bachelor's degree in 2013, 5.8 percent enrolled in a two-year institution -- the lowest point in 14 years. Students who are over age 30 when they earned a bachelor's degree are least likely to seek further education at a two-year institution, according to the report.

"The great recession compelled many individuals to return to college," said Doug Shapiro, executive research director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, in a news release. "Upon earning their bachelor's degrees, those students typically did not seek further training at two-year institutions."

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Ashley A. Smith

Ashley A. Smith, Reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for the Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and the Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

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