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Rural schools join forces to make college the rule rather than the exception

Hechinger Report, Nov. 17, 2017

Meadowbrook High School, which serves 490 students from across a sprawling 128-square-mile district in Southeast Ohio, is thriving when it comes to graduation rates and participation in higher education. In just a few short years, the school has managed to create a culture in which going to college is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Discover their approach.

 

WVU President: For higher ed to survive, we’ve got to ‘blow up the box’

EducationDive, Nov. 16, 2017

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says our universities and colleges and higher ed in general are the economic driver of the country, he said, addressing a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for the Committee on Economic Development’s policy conference. Read more>

KCTCS, University of Kentucky Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

KYForward, Nov. 15, 2017

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward the KCTCS degree, if the credits for each institution align. Read more>

 

Editorial: Focus on college retention will pay dividends

Williamson Daily News, Nov. 8, 2017

Kentucky public universities recently put out the call to former college students who left without a degree – come back and finish. The new Project Graduate program is making a special effort to reach out to those who have 80 or more credit hours, and offer them special assistance and considerations to help them get their bachelor’s degree. The goal, officials say, is to boost the quality of the Kentucky workforce. Read more about some college, no degree.

 

We Need to Improve the Transfer Experience

The EvoLLLution, Oct. 31, 2017

There is a clear need to improve the experience for students who transfer. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, less than 14 percent of community college students go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in six years. Read more>

Data on Community College Grads Who Earn Graduate Degrees

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2017

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this week released new data on the numbers of graduate and professional degree earners who first began their postsecondary studies at a community college. Read more>

How to ace the transfer to a 4-year college

Associated Press, Nov. 1, 2017

Transferring from community college to a university should be as simple as basic math: Two years at the first school plus two years at the second equals a bachelor’s degree. But the equation is often more complicated. Learn more>

 

Kentucky universities stepping up adult college completion efforts

The Lane Post, Nov. 3, 2016

Kentucky’s public four-year universities are reaching out this fall to recruit former students with a high number of credit hours back to college to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Read more>

Elon Registrar’s Office wins research award

Elon University, Nov. 1, 2017

Elon’s proposal, Mining Co-Curricular Data to Improve Retention, was selected for inclusion in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Track at AACRAO’s 27th Annual Strategic Enrollment Management conference. Read more> 

Transfer students still lose lots of credits

Community College Daily, Sept. 14, 2017

Community college students lose a substantial amount of credits when transferring to a four- or two-year institution, which is due in part to poor coordination among the participating colleges and an inability to effectively communicate the transfer process and policies to students, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Learn more>

Colleges need to do more to help students transfer credits, GAO says

The Washington Post, Sept. 14, 2017

Students lose nearly half of the college credits they earn transferring from one school to another, placing them at risk of exhausting federal grants and loans to repeat courses, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. Learn more>

The Bermuda Triangle of Credit Transfer

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

The path students must follow to move from one institution to another is riddled with potholes and roadblocks that stop many of them in their tracks. A trio of new reports from different sources illustrate just how vexing the transfer process is. Learn more>

Bethel students pick their path

Stamford Advocate, Sept. 11, 2017

Bethel High School’s “Pathways” program allows students to pick a field they are interested in, take high school and college-level courses in the subject and do a relevant internship. The idea is to give students practical experience in a particular field before they go off to college or a career. Read more>

Older cadets at Air Force Academy are a sign of the times in higher education

Hechinger Report, Aug. 23, 2017

About one in 10 of this year’s entering Air Force Academy cadets is older than the traditional age, the academy reports — often returning to school after years of military service, as in Callan’s case. It’s an unusual example of a broader trend in higher education, in which the proportion of students who are over 24 has increased from 28 percent in 1970 to about 42 percent today. Learn more>

 

Report: Community College Paves the Way to Four-Year Degrees

NACAC Blog, Aug. 22, 2017

The bachelor’s degree pipeline is growing stronger for community college graduates. A new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that of community college graduates who hold no previous degrees or certificates, 41 percent earn a bachelor’s degree within the next six years. Discover more>

 

40 Percent of 2-Year College Grads Earn Bachelor’s

Inside Higher Ed, Aug. 8, 2017

Among community college graduates who hold no previous degrees or certificates, 41 percent earn a bachelor’s degree during the next six years. That’s among the findings from a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which is able to track almost all students who enroll in U.S. colleges. Read the story and the press release.

Four Lessons Learned from the National Connecting Credentials Campaign

Several red flags were signaling danger in the U.S. marketplace of credentials in 2013. Long-standing credentials (degrees) were being joined by rapidly growing use of newer entrants (e.g., certificates, industry certifications, digital badges). College and university transcripts were not presenting a full picture of learning behind credentials to enable students to communicate all they’d learned to prospective employers. Learn more>

DC Public Schools find colleges helping high school graduates

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 26, 2017

Within the District of Columbia Public Schools — which serves approximately 48,000 students in the nation’s capital — administrators are using data from the National Student Clearinghouse to determine how well their graduates are faring at particular institutions of higher education. Learn how you can do the same.

What’s The Future Of Universities?

HuffPost, July 9, 2017

For more than a century, the way universities were run didn’t change all that much. Sure, the technology used advanced, but the basic model of a person giving speeches in a big room then grading tests on their speeches stuck around. For what’s the future of universities, we asked a group of industry experts. Learn more>

Education revolution taking shape at Maryville University

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 10, 2017

In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education pointed to Maryville as one of the top five fastest-growing private, nonprofit universities in the country for enrollment. School leaders point to a few of the school’s secret weapons as the reason why. Discover more>

High School Benchmarks 2017 National College Progression Rates