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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>

What to Do When the GI Bill Won’t Cover College

SFGate, May 22, 2017

Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits cover the full cost of in-state tuition at public colleges, but only up to $22,805.34 per year at a private college. What to do: Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to see how far your benefits will go at different schools before picking one. If your college is eligible, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program can provide additional funds. Discover more>

CU Boulder Honored for Positive Impact of International Students on Nation’s Economy

University of Colorado Boulder, May 22, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented the University of Colorado Boulder with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony Monday in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Read more>

Act Six Aims to Provide New Faces in Leadership

National College Access Network, May 19, 2017

Act Six, a leadership and scholarship program whose mission is to connect community ministries with faith- and social justice-based colleges to prepare emerging urban leaders to engage in change on the campuses they attend and in their home communities, is the latest program to be featured in a series of case studies from NCAN’s Benchmarking Project. The program, which has sites in Tacoma-Seattle, Portland, the Yakima Valley, Spokane, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, and Indianapolis, achieves six-year graduation rates of over 80 percent. Read more to be inspired>

Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

The Pew Charitable Trusts, May 15, 2017

In some cases, a certificate is a stepping stone to higher education. About one in four students who earn a certificate go on to earn an associate or a bachelor’s degree within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. But that number may be inflated, because some certificates — like Ivy Tech’s liberal arts certificate — are embedded in degree programs. Learn more>

Student veterans aren’t as hard to serve as we say

EducationDive, May 11, 2017

Student veterans actually have a higher success rate than students overall, with success rate defined as completion or continued enrollment. Among veterans, the success rate is 72 percent. A parallel rate for the nation as a whole, using data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, is 67 percent. Read more>

Why every student should consider community college

USA Today College, May 9, 2017

I made the choice to go to community college because it was the only choice I thought was possible for me in the moment. And at that moment in my life, it destroyed me. Fast forward a few months: I was attending community college. For a short while I resented it completely, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my school…learn why>

NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “College Completion Rates”

Southern Farm Network, May 8, 2017

All individuals who begin college don’t necessarily finish and receive a degree. What do the statistics tell us on the percentage of college entrants who do get a degree? NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden explains. Listen to the interview>

Gender gap in US science PhD degrees persists

Nature, May 8, 2017

It’s no surprise that the number of PhD degrees in scientific and related disciplines conferred upon US students has leapt by half in the past decade — from about 18,000 in 2006 to more than 27,000 in 2016 — according to a recent report. But “Snapshot Report – Science and Engineering Degree Completion by Gender,” released last month by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in Herndon, Virginia, shows that the proportion of women who earn those degrees has stayed stagnant — at a dismal 39%. Read the story>

Tennessee Promise hits milestone as students graduate

The Tennessean, May 6, 2017

Saturday marked a momentous day for Breanna Burchett, who earned her degree from Volunteer State Community College without accumulating a mountain of debt. The Cookeville, Tenn., native was among the first large crop of Tennessee Promise students to graduate, about three years after Gov. Bill Haslam first unveiled the landmark scholarship program offering recent high school graduates the chance to go to community college tuition-free. Read more>

Commencement just the beginning for College of Dupage students

Ann Rondeau, President of College of DuPage, May 3, 2017

For half a century, we have been a place of opportunity for so many, and we are not alone. A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center states that 49 percent of the 1.8 million baccalaureate earners in the 2015-16 academic year were enrolled in two-year schools at some point during the previous 10 years.

Former student Ted Raspiller admits that his first year at a four-year school did not go well. He switched to College of Dupage, which he said changed the course of his life, and he is now president of Virginia’s John Tyler Community College. Read Rondeau’s op-ed.

Snapshot, Persistence and Retention Rates