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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>

3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade ago

eCampus News, July 8, 2017

Gen Z, the digital generation, non-traditional students, and potentially many more descriptions have been used to label the current postsecondary body of students, but what may not be so evident is exactly how much their preferences, lifestyles and experiences have radically changed from even a decade ago. Read more>

Texas bucks college enrollment slump

Houston Chronicle, July 4, 2017

Texas colleges and universities are resisting a national college admissions slump, enrolling 1.7 percent more students year over year as campuses nationwide saw a 1.5 percent decline in student enrollment, according to recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

Finding students who might not otherwise go to college

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 3, 2017

During Julia Lopez’s tenure at the College Access Foundation, she shifted the foundation’s strategy from simply being a grantor of student scholarships to facilitating and tracking data on college attainment in the state. In the process, she helped to change the policies, practices, systems and institutions to better support student success throughout California. Read more>

Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment

Hechinger Report, June 29, 2017

A crisis few outside higher education even know exists: a sharp drop in the number of customers bound for small private, nonprofit colleges, some public universities and other higher-education institutions. Read more>

Hodge U. grad: degree is worth pursuing at any age

Naples Daily News, June 23, 2017

Years ago, after serving in the Marines, Nic Neumann enrolled at Rutgers University. He was well on his way to earning his degree when life got in the way: job and family took precedence over completing college. Nic recently walked across the stage at age 77, half a century older than many of his fellow graduates. Read more>

 

It’s time to talk about racial persistence gaps on campus

EducationDive, June 16, 2017

New research from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found large disparities still exist in persistence and retention along racial lines. Read the story>

Community colleges becoming a bigger part of route to four-year degrees

Herald-Whig, June 17, 2017

Nationwide, there is a growing trend to attend community colleges before finishing up degrees at a traditional four-year university. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports nearly half of students — 49 percent — receiving bachelor’s degrees in 2016 had previously attended a community or junior two-year college. Read about twin sisters who attended John Wood Community College in Illinois.

Verify Degrees and Protect the Company from Resume Fraud

Society for Human Resource Management, June 14, 2017

Candidates, even at the most senior levels, are regularly embellishing their resumes, according to a new report from background screening firm HireRight, based in Irvine, Calif. Yet only half of employers verify candidates’ education credentials, the report noted, despite the many recent headlines involving falsified degrees. Read more>

Facebook, an Online Learning Platform?

Inside Higher Ed, June 12, 2017

Facebook is testing new features in its developer community that, if rolled out across the platform, could let anyone on the social networking service teach online courses. Learn more>

Clearinghouse helps Illinois high schools know who is enrolled in college

Journal Online, May 30, 2017

Approximately 78% of the students who graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines Sunday, May 22 enrolled in college last fall, according to 2016 National Student Clearinghouse statistics. However, at Maine East 40% are projected to go on to four-year institutions and 38% to two-year institutions. Read more>

8 Ways to Get a College Degree

Black Enterprise, May 27, 2017

If you look at college graduation rates through the lens of race, it doesn’t look good for black students.

What is it that makes some students persist while others fall by the wayside? The Hechinger Report recently spoke with experts in this area, including Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Here are their eight tips to help black and Latino college students stay the course. Learn more>

What Community Colleges Do That Universities Don’t

Time, May 22, 2017

Six months after graduation, 99% of students from Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) are employed or continuing their education. After five years, graduates earn wages higher than average for all other workers in the region. Seventy-four percent of students at Lake Area graduate or transfer to a four-year college within three years — compared to fewer than 40% for community college students nationally. To be inspired, read more>

US Science Phd Programs Still Attract More Men Than Women, Except In Biology And Agricultural Sciences

Nature, May 24, 2017

The proportion of women getting PhDs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the United States has remained stagnant in the past decade, despite a 50% increase in the number of STEM doctorates awarded in the same period. The figures, released last month by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in Herndon, Virginia, in its report Snapshot 27: Science and Engineering Degree Completion by Gender, showed that although the number of STEM PhDs rose from about 18,000 in 2006 to more than 27,000 in 2016, the proportion of doctorates awarded to women remained at around 40%. Read more>

Enrollments Continue to Decline at For-Profits and Community Colleges

Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2017

National college enrollments have continued their multiyear decline, with most of the dip occurring among older undergraduates at for-profit institutions and community colleges.

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks 97 percent of students at federal aid-eligible institutions, found an overall national decline of 1.5 percent for this spring semester compared to a year ago. (Last year’s decline was 1.3 percent.) That means 272,000 fewer students were enrolled, with 244,000 fewer over the age of 24. Undergraduate enrollments were down by roughly 300,000 students, the center found, with graduate and professional student enrollments up by 27,000. Read the story>

Downward enrollment trend continues

Community College Daily, May 24, 2017

Enrollments at community colleges continue to slide, but the pace of the decrease has also slowed down, according to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Overall, spring 2017 undergraduate enrollments at all postsecondary institutions fell again compared to spring 2016 enrollments by 1.9 percent (300,000 students), according to new report from the center. Only public four-year institutions showed slight gains. Two-year public colleges saw a dip of 2.5 percent, or 138,000 students. Read more>

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