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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>

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>

Signature 13 Report Tracking Transfer: Measures of Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students to Complete Bachelor's Degrees