The Pathway Through College Is ... Complicated

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The chart tracks a complete cohort of freshmen in a state community college system as they go through post-secondary education. The pathway through college is complicated. A large number of students drop out never to return each year, while a considerable number take a break before re-enroll at some point later. Program switching is common and completion is relatively rare.

Hover mouse over each node to see where students joining a program come from and where they go from there. Hover mouse over each link shows the number of students who make a specific type of transition from year to year.