The U.S Community College: A Springboard for an Attainable U.S. University Degree (73003)

Session Information: International Education
Session Chair: Noriel Navita

Friday, 22 September 2023 10:20
Session: Session 1
Room: Eixample
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Boston is well-known for being home to great institutions of higher education. Nationally, while international enrollment in graduate programs has increased sharply in the last three years, enrollment in undergraduate degree programs has been on a steady decline since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic when the numbers greatly surpassed graduate enrollment. One of the leading factors in this decline is the increasingly high cost of a U.S. education and its inaccessibility for international students. On average, a 4-year for international students can exceed US$54,000 (50,000 euro)per year. A little-known option for students abroad is the U.S. community college 2 + 2 pathway, which presents a more accessible alternative for students to transition into 4-year universities for nearly half the cost. Students complete a two-year Associate's degree that will then apply towards a Bachelor's degree at a 4-year institution. Additionally, most community colleges hold partnerships with many of the larger public institutions in the same state that guarantee acceptance of all credits earned in the Associate's degree. This presentation will cover the community college pathway structure, timeline to completion, and a review of cost analysis/comparison between traditional U.S. degree attainment and attainment through the pathway. Recent data on international enrollment and completion rates will also be discussed, as well as international student recruitment.

Jenny Elizabeth Bobea, Bunker Hill Community College, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Jenny Elizabeth Bobea is a School Administrator at Bunker Hill Community College in United States

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00