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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 >

From freshman year to graduation in 4 years – with a community college in the middle

Philly.com, June 13, 2016

Katie E. Keane, 22, left Rutgers and went to Burlington County’s community college for two years. After transferring, she graduated from Rider University with a 4.0 GPA. Nearly half of students who transfer from four-year colleges go to two-year community colleges, not to other four-year schools, according to National Student Clearinghouse data. Read more>

 

High expectations drive success at IDEA Public Schools

El Paso Times, June 11, 2016

When we first started IDEA, some told us that we were asking too much of our students since we are a charter school, and IDEA cannot “cherry-pick” our student enrollees. We draw from the communities where we are located, many of which are like the neighborhood I grew up in. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, last year 95 percent of IDEA students went straight on to college from high school, many to schools in Texas, but some to Ivy League and other nationally ranked schools. Read more>

Improving the Transfer Intersection on the Road to a Four-Year Degree

The EvoLLLution, June 10, 2016

By developing a clearer pathway to transfer and degree completion, much of the repetition, uncertainty and additional costs accrued by non-traditional students can be avoided. Read more>

About 3.5 percent of new associate degree earners already had a bachelor’s degree

American Association of Community Colleges Data Points, June 8, 2016

The percent of associate-degree graduates with a prior credential increased from 2011–12 to 2014–15, according to a recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Those who already had a bachelor’s degree or higher increased over that period, from 2.9 percent to 3.5 percent. The percent of graduates who previously earned an associate degree also increased, from 5.8 percent to 7 percent. Associate degree earns with a previous college certificate climbed from 6.6 percent to 8.1 percent. The findings highlight the diverse missions of community colleges, such as preparing students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, upskilling incumbent workers and training for new job skills. Read more >

 

 

Focus on Certificates Boosts Completion Goals

Inside Higher Education, June 7, 2016

Louisiana and other states are closer to reaching college completion goals as their emphasis shifts to more certificates in addition to degrees. Last year the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released data showing the percentage of graduates who had previously earned a certificate. Read more >

Reverse transfers yield positive outcomes for struggling students

Education Dive, June 7, 2016

While many four-year colleges pursue articulation agreements with community colleges for one-way transfer, the new data on reverse transfers sheds light on the need for core curricula to be more uniform between the two institutional types. Read more >

Credentials fraud now a global threat for universities

University World News, June 6, 2016

“One of the big fears that schools have about jumping into the international arena is that they really are worried about the fraud,” Rick Torres, president of the National Student Clearinghouse, said in a phone conversation with University World News. The non-profit organisation handles more than 750 million requests a year for verification of education records. Read more>

P-TECH School Boosts Number of Early Graduates Earning Both High School & College Tech Degrees

IBM, June 2, 2016

More than two dozen New York City youth will graduate from P-TECH with both their high school diplomas and their associate degrees in technology this month. Nationwide, only six percent of college graduates from low-income, high minority urban schools completed a STEM degree within six years, per a National Student Clearinghouse report. Read more>

At this high school, getting a diploma is only part of the answer

Milwaukee Public Radio, June 1, 2016

For the past two years now, Woodburn has been beating the state’s high school graduation rate — by double digits. But lately, there’s something that’s been bothering Garza.  Take, for example, the class of 2008. Out of about 300 students, only 25 went on to receive their bachelor’s degree.

Earlier this year, Woodburn administrators started getting information from the National Student Clearinghouse. That’s a body that collects data from colleges and universities across the country to track what happens to students after they graduate from high school. Read more>

 

 

Two-Thirds of College Grads Struggle to Launch Their Careers

Harvard Business Review, May 31, 2016

There are 12.5 million twentysomethings with some college credits and no degree, by far the largest share of adults who leave college short of a degree, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

So how can students and their parents, who are about to make one of the largest investments of their life in a college degree, ensure that there is a return on that investment? Read more>

Snapshot Report – Certificate and Associate Degree Pathways