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Document Number: 5822

Pathways to a Four-Year Degree: Determinants of transfer and degree completion among socioeconomically disadvantaged students - A bachelorís degree is a gatekeeper to a myriad of social and individual benefits, including increased income and employment stability. This report identifies nine paths to a four-year degree, noting which paths are most likely to lead a student to a bachelorís degree. Those securing high academic resources and enrolling at a four-year university as their first institution were most likely to graduate with a bachelorís degree. Students with low socio-economic backgrounds tended to follow the paths least likely to lead a bachelorís degree. A related article by Alberto F. Cabrera, Designing Pathways to a Four-Year Degree, also is available online. (Alberto F. Cabrera, Kurt R. Burkum and Steven M. La Nasa, University of Wisconsin, 2004)...

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