More Missouri Students Start at Community College

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After graduating from Troy-Buchanan High School, Kyle Ragsdale knew he wanted a higher degree but didn’t know what to study or at what level.

So the Troy native ventured to St. Charles Community College.

“At the risk of missing two years of the ‘college experience,’ I realized that in the first two years of college you get the same things you do at a university that you do here,” he said.

After receiving an associate’s degree in art from SCC, he plans to head to Missouri State University in Springfield to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mass media.

According to a recent study by the Student Clearinghouse, many students share Ragsdale’s thinking. More than 50 percent of Missouri graduates from four-year universities started at a community college, the study found for the 2010-11 academic year. Missouri graduates were 11 percent ahead of the national average of 45 percent. Read more on St. Louis Today.

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