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Detroit Designated as Talent Hub

Detroit Drives Degrees, July 12, 2018

Earning a Talent Hub designation is an acknowledgment that a community has both the capacity and ability to make significant gains in postsecondary attainment. Learn more about Detroit and other cities>


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Solving the Retention Puzzle

Southern Utah University, July 16, 2018

Only 61% of first-year students who started in 2015 returned to the same institution in 2016, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse. However, Southern Utah University has not only found a way to increase its first-year student retention, but continues to build momentum and excitement across campus. Learn more>


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University of Mary Washington Wins with Better Data and Support from the National Student Clearinghouse

University of Mary Washington Registrar Rita Dunston, July 16, 2018

We had to go from watching things happen to making things happen. And things started happening on March 7, 2011, when I received a call from the Clearinghouse’s Paul Taylor. Read more


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More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

The Hechinger Report, July 5, 2018

More than a third of students who start college still haven’t earned degrees after six years, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports, often piling up loan debt with no payoff. Those who disappear for good cost colleges and universities — including taxpayer-supported public ones like TAMU-Texarkana — billions of dollars in lost tuition revenue. Read more>


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Buffalo’s First Say Yes Class: More Earned College Degrees, but Dropout Problem Remains

Buffalo News, July 15, 2018

The high school Class of 2013 was the first in Buffalo to benefit from Say Yes to Education, the nonprofit that promises graduates free tuition at state colleges and universities. Four years later, more than a quarter of those who enrolled in college that first year had earned either a bachelor’s or associate degree. That’s up from previous classes. Discover what the data reveals>

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Have You Already Earned an Associates Degree?

Reddit, July 13, 2018

If you started college at a 2-year school, then transfer to a 4-year school and dropped out with a degree, contact the 2-year school about Reverse Transfer Programs. You may have already earned an Associates Degree. Read more>


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Top Higher Ed Stories for the 2018-19 Academic Year

Education Writers Association, July 9, 2018

Some of the most pressing higher education stories for the next academic year will spring from the intersection of education and politics, predicts Scott Jaschik, the editor of Inside Higher Ed. Read the story>

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Addressing the gap between enrollment and graduation

EducationDive, July 9, 2018

While more high school graduates from all segment of the population are going to college, 1 in 5 will drop out before their second year. Dropouts cost higher ed about $16.5 billion a year in lost tuition. There are almost 3 million fewer college students than in 2011 when enrollment last peaked, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Discover more>


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The Importance of Education Verification as a Vital Step in the Hiring Process

Business2Community, June 27, 2018

Education is often the building block of someone’s ability to be successful in a position. Education verification can confirm whether the applicant’s education claims are true. Learn more how the National Student Clearinghouse plays a role.

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Lesson from Liberal, Kan.: Community colleges must reach out more to communities

Ken Trzaska, president, Seward County Community College, June 13, 2018

According to a recent New America survey, four out of five Americans view community colleges as worth the cost and nearly 90 percent view apprenticeships and skills training as effective ways to prepare students for a good living. Now, more than ever, our society needs strong community colleges. Discover more>


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Hispanic Serving Institutions’ Increases Reflect Growing Student Enrollment, Matriculation

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 5, 2018

New data analysis about Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) from Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) reveals that such institutions are on the rise around the country, including in less-expected states such as Connecticut, Oregon and Tennessee. Discover more>

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Chief Ambassador for Higher Education

Business Officer, June 2018

In an interview with Business Officer, John Walda discusses the highlights of his tenure at NACUBO, the challenges that colleges and universities continue to face, and the priorities that are on his mind as he starts a new chapter. Learn more>

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UT-Chattanooga Does “Outstanding Job” On Graduation And Retention Rates For Black Males

The Chattanoogan, June 12, 2018

In the 2016-17 academic year,  UT-Chattanooga’s average for black males graduating within six years was 73 percent. The national average is 28.7 percent, according to a 2017 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The retention rate for black male students between their freshman and sophomore years is 94 percent, while the national average, based on a 2015 report from the same center, is 54.5 percent. Discover more about UTC’s efforts>

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States Investing the Most in Higher Education

247WallStreet.com, May 31, 2018

Last year, states spent over $83 billion on public higher education, or about $7,600 per student enrolled full-time in a public college or university. The states that spend the most per student include Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, and North Dakota — states with lower population density and much smaller public education systems compared to other states. Discover more>


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Are We at Peak Higher Ed?

Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2018

Are we at peak higher ed? My answer is no, but that answer depends on the definitions that we choose. Does peak higher ed refer to the number of schools, or the number of students enrolled? The number of people employed in higher ed (or just faculty), or the number of credentials granted? Learn more>

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American higher education enrollment declined. Again.

Bryan Alexander Blog, May 22, 2018

So what can we learn from this? Compare: 17,839,330 took classes this spring, while in 2013 we enrolled 19,105,651 students.  That’s about a 6.7% decline.  And it comes after a generation of steady enrollment growth. Read more>

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More of the same

Community College Daily, May 22, 2018

Undergraduate enrollments for this spring compared to last spring dropped 1.8 percent (275,000 students), with public two-year colleges seeing a 2-percent drop (107,000 students), according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Learn more>


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Enrollment Declines Steepest in Midwest and Northeast

Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2018

Enrollments went down in 34 states this spring, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Six of the 10 states with the largest declines are in the Midwest or Northeast. Learn more>

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Finalists for 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

The Aspen Institute, May 15, 2018

Launched in 2010, the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate. The 10 finalist institutions for the 2019 Aspen Prize are: >

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Colleges focus on obvious fix: help students graduate on time

Hechinger Report, May 14, 2018

While 86 percent of incoming freshmen said in an annual national survey conducted by a research institute at UCLA that they were confident they’d graduate in four years, only 41 percent at public and 61 percent at private four-year universities actually do, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks this. Learn more>

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Current Term Enrollment Estimates - Fall 2017