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Is Transferring to Two-Year Colleges a Good Option for Struggling Four-Year Students?

The Evolllution, July 21, 2016

For struggling four-year students who wish to complete a college degree, one option is to transfer from a four-year to two-year (4–2) institution. Nationally, 16 percent of students who initially enroll at a four-year institution transfer to a two-year college. Read more>

Despite tuition hike, university still worth it on one condition

OU Daily, July 20, 2016

Investing in a university education pays off in the long run, so despite the announced tuition increase, it is still in the interest of students to pursue a higher education. It is in even greater interest, however, for them to complete a degree — especially for those who take out loans. Read more>

Enrollment numbers can mean a lot to universities

The Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 18, 2016

The more and better students an institution can enroll, the more it can claim a level of prestige. And if the numbers of applicants increase – because of the perceived prestige – institutions become more selective in admissions. This, in turn, increases retention and graduation rates. And those numbers are becoming more and more important when time comes to demonstrate educational effectiveness. Read more>

How generation Z females could be the answer to tech’s gender diversity problem

TechCrunch, July 17, 2016

The proportion of female students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) university courses has traditionally been very low, and, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, it is getting worse. 2014 figures show just 18 percent of computer science bachelor degrees and 19 percent of engineering degrees held by women. In subjects such as biology and social sciences, we start to see the tables turn, with a larger proportion of females. Read more>

Michigan is a National Front Runner in Reporting Postsecondary Data

Michigan.gov, July 12, 2016

Michigan reported postsecondary success rates for its public universities and community colleges for the first time today using a new and improved methodology developed by the state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI). CEPI began collecting student-level data in 2009-2010 via the Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository and the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker. This is the first cohort with six years of available data. Read more>

High rate of Washington community-college grads go on to earn 4-year degree

Seattle Times, July 12, 2016

Washington ranks fifth among the states in the percentage of students who received an associate degree, then went on to get a bachelor’s degree, according to a recent study by National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

Mapping Pathways to Attainment: Certificates Offer More Than Meets the Eye

The EvoLLLution, July 11, 2016

Non-traditional students make up the bulk of today’s student population, but we know very little about them, and even less about their motivations and typical pathways to credentials. In this interview, Doug Shapiro reflects on recent research by the National Student Clearinghouse that sheds some light on the pathway these students take to degree completion, and shares his thoughts on the massive impact that some postsecondary engagement can have on overall degree attainment. Read more>

‘Passport’ for Transfer

Inside Higher Education, July 5, 2016

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), professors and academic leaders from seven western states have rolled out an “interstate passport” to help students transfer across state lines without losing credits for what they learn in general education courses.Through a partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse, registrars and institutional researchers at participating colleges will be able to follow the academic progress of their former, passport-holding students and use Clearinghouse data to see if an incoming student has earned a passport. Read the IHE article and blog authored by Cathy Walker WICHE’s Passport Project Manager.

More Buffalo grads going to college through Say Yes

The Buffalo News, July 2, 2016

Say Yes to Education rode into Buffalo four years ago offering hope to a poor city and its struggling school district with the promise of free college tuition for students who graduate from high school. A closer look at the data from Say Yes and the National Student Clearinghouse, which collects enrollment data from colleges and universities, provides a clearer picture of this new college-going culture in Buffalo. Read more >

Less Than Half Of Texas Associate Degrees Lead To Bachelor’s

Houston Public Media, June 30, 2016

How often do students continue and graduate with their bachelor’s degree? Texas fared slightly better than the national average. Forty-six percent of students in Texas who earned their associate’s later finished their bachelor’s in six years. Read more

70.7 percent of Willowbrook High School’s 2015 graduating class enrolled in college

DuPage Policy Journal, June 29, 2016

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) records show that 70.7 percent of Willowbrook High School’s (WHS) 2015 graduating class enrolled in college within 12 months of graduation. Read more>

Report: 41% of associate degree earners move to bachelor’s in 6 years

Education Dive, June 29, 2016

This study is a dramatic contrast with many state and federal initiatives seeking to promote two-year and technical school education to a generation of students who, many feel, won’t be prepared or able to afford a four-year degree in the coming years. Read more>

Community college students are filling the rolls at four-year institutions

The Washington Post, June 28, 2016

Public colleges and universities are drawing a large percentage of their students from community colleges, where nearly two-thirds of students transfer to a four-year institution, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>

NCAA committee seeks to define academic success

NCAA, June 23, 2016

The NCAA Division I Committee on Academics this week continued working to define what academic success looks like for college athletes. The group solicited data from the National Student Clearinghouse, and further analysis of the data could lead the committee to make adjustments to the transfer adjustment policy in the future. Read more >

Transfer season: Lowering the barrier between community college and four-year college

Brookings, June 21, 2016

Credentials from community colleges – whether short vocational courses or two-year associate degrees – can be valuable in the labor market. In theory, community colleges also provide an on-ramp for those seeking a bachelor’s degree; in fact, four out of five students enrolling intend to get a 4-year degree.

But the potential of community college is often unrealized. Many students are not ready. Quality varies. Pathways are often unclear and/or complex. Only about 40% of those enrolling earn a degree within six years. Just 15 percent acquire a 4-year degree, according to analyses by Doug Shapiro and Afet Dundar at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>

2 Extra Years in College Could Cost You Nearly $300,000

NerdWallet, June 21, 2016

Taking six years to get a four-year college degree can cost students up to almost $300,000 in tuition, interest on loans, and forgone income and retirement savings, according to a new study from NerdWallet. Read more>

Adult Students Shifting to Four-Year Non-Profits

The Evolllution, June 20, 2016

In the latest report from the National Student Clearing House, the enrollment in Spring 2016 had increased among those above age 24 only for those enrolling in four-year non-profits. The enrollment increased by 1.5 percent. Read more>

Brookings: Student loan debt not holding back homeownership

New Jersey Real Estate Report, June 16, 2016

The researchers combined credit reports with data on college attendance from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). These NSC data are nearly a national census of college attendance and are used extensively by researchers. The NSC data include college enrollment information for all college students, not just those who borrow. The results are striking. Read more >

How Community Colleges Use Job-Market Data to Develop New Programs

Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2016

As sites of work-force development, community colleges must be responsive to the demands of the rapidly changing job market. Now, many community-college systems are turning to job-market data that are more up to date and more precise than ever before. Read more>

 

More female leaders in science and tech urged

USA Today, June 15, 2016

An estimated 11.5 million females now attend college, outnumbering men at 8.7 million, federal statistics show. But young women are not earning many advanced math and science degrees. A 2015 report from the non-profit National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that women earned just 21% of computer science doctoral degrees in 2014, unchanged from a decade earlier. Women earned more science-focused doctoral degrees in only a few areas: biological/agricultural sciences, social sciences and psychology. Read more >

Snapshot Report – Certificate and Associate Degree Pathways