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baccalaureate degrees, reports Manhattan Col- lege sociologist Kevin Dougherty. These stu- dents tend to be less academically skilled, less ambitious, and from poorer families than stu- dents entering four-year institutions. But sev- eral studies have found that even students with similar disadvantages who begin at four-year schools are more likely to wind up receiving bachelor's degrees than their counterparts at community colleges.
The reason for the difference, a...