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Big data on campus

IDG Connect, Oct. 17,2016

Purdue is one of dozens of institutions of higher-learning, from private colleges to large public universities, that are turning to data to improve their student retention and graduation rates. The national average six-year graduation rate for students attending four-year schools is about 54 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Poorly performing schools post percentages in the low 30s, and the average of higher-performing institutions is around 70 percent. At 51.5 percent, Purdue is in the middle of the pack. Read more >

High School Benchmarks 2016 Webinar, Oct. 27 at 2 PM Eastern

National Student Clearinghouse Blog, Oct. 18

The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ will hold a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Eastern to release the fourth annual High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates. The report provides new data on high school graduates’ college access, persistence, and completion outcomes. Register today to attend the webinar! Read more >

Pinning her hopes on higher ed debt plan

Post-Crescent (Wisconsin), Oct. 6, 2016

Kaela Lundeen’s path to higher education is the definition of nontraditional. At 17 years old, she left home for a better future and to escape a childhood riddled with trauma.

Her goal is to become a lawyer. Once she saves enough money, she will enroll at Fox Valley Technical College. Across Wisconsin, nearly a third of 2013-14 college graduates attended a two-year institution at some point during the previous decade, according to a 2015 study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>

The term ‘nontraditional student’ is extinct

EducationDive, Oct. 3, 2016

Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics outlines the growth of nontraditional learners on college campuses nationwide, eCampus News reports. According to the data, about 74% of all undergraduates enrolled during the 2011-12 academic year possessed at least one characteristic of a nontraditional student, denoted by part-time enrollment, working full-time, identifying as a single caregiver, not having a traditional high school diploma, or financial independence. Read more>




Competency-Based Hiring: 10 Signals The Shift Is Happening

Forbes, Oct. 1, 2016

Fifty-three percent of college graduates students believe they’re ready to apply their skills and knowledge in the workforce, but only 23% of employers agree. It is increasingly clear that misalignment between post-secondary education and workforce needs is suppressing economic productivity and growth, as systematic reliance on degrees as a skills-proxy, exacerbated by an epidemic of upcredentialing, prevents individuals and employers from achieving their potential. Read more>

It’s Time to View Industry Credentials Through the Lens of Student Success

The EvoLLLution, Sept. 28, 2016

Industry credentials are certainly not new, but colleges and universities are realizing that they may have a bigger role to play in preparing students to earn them than ever before. In this interview, Roberta Hyland discusses the value of industry credentials for today’s students and shares her thoughts on how the postsecondary space must evolve to better accommodate these unique credentials. Read more>

Digital Credentials Make Convenience Possible, But Not Without Reliability

The Evolllution, Sept. 27, 2016

Digital credentials have been gaining steam as the next big change in the credentialing space. After all, they overcome a number of the challenges people face with the traditional transcript and paper credential format. However, there are a number of obstacles to avoid in this space as well. In this interview, Rick Torres reflects on the capacity for digital credentials to shake up both the for-credit and non-credit credentialing space and shares his thoughts on some of the major roadblocks standing in the way of its wider adoption. Read more>

Microcredentials: Closing the Skills Gap and Adding Value to Passion

The Evolllution, Sept. 26, 2016

Microcredentials fill a critical void in the postsecondary space that helps to close the skills gap and provide individuals the competencies they need to enter and succeed in the labor market. Read more>

Shaken By Economic Change, ‘Non-Traditional’ Students Are Becoming The New Normal

NPR, Sept. 25, 2016

Almost half of all undergraduate students in higher education today can be categorized as “non-traditional.” At America’s community colleges, those students are the vast majority. The already large adult student population is projected to grown even larger in coming years. Read more>

It takes longer to finish college, but that’s not the story

Community College Daily, Sept. 19, 2016

Only 7 percent of associate-degree earners who attend community college full time complete their degree within two years. More than half finish within four or more years. Those figures — which come from a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center — may seem dire, but they illustrate an important fact for community college and other higher education advocates: how students attend college is changing but the metrics often used to measure student success are lagging behind. (Time-to-completion figures for public four-year institutions are similar.) Read more>

Clearinghouse Data on Time to Degree

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2016

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center today released a virtually comprehensive look at how long it took American college graduates in 2015 to earn their degrees. The new report is based on completion data for two million students who that year earned either an associate or bachelor’s degree. It includes information on students who previously dropped out or transferred, which many other data sets struggle to capture. Read more>


Nontraditional students like me face enormous challenges

Community College Daily, Sept. 15, 2016

I’m one of millions of nontraditional low-income college students who have faced serious financial worries on top of the usual student concerns about tests, term papers and picking the right major. According to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 15.1 percent of students who began community college in 2009 graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree within six years, even though 80 percent of community college students said this was their goal. This is a tragic waste of talent. Read more>

The Need for a National Certification Ecosystem

The Evolllution, Sept. 12, 2016

As community colleges begin to deliver a wider range of credentials, including but not limited to degrees, it’s critical that a national certification system be established to provide critical information to all key stakeholders regarding their value and potential. Read more>

Does It Pay to Start at Community College? Maybe

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 9, 2016

Many students want to cut the cost of a four-year college education by going to community college first. But what many students and families may not realize is that successfully transitioning from a two-year college to a four-year one and graduating in a timely fashion can be a challenge—and unless students can accomplish that, they may not reap the full return on their investment in education. Here’s how to do it right. Read more>

Stackable Credentials Meet the Needs of Students and Society

The Evolllution, September 7, 2016

In the wake of the Great Recession, a number of “truths” higher education leaders took to be self-evident are disappearing. Students no longer fit into the traditional 18- 22-year-old demographic. Students no longer see their postsecondary education as a one-time affair. Doug Shapiro shares his thoughts on these frameworks and reflects on the value of stackable credentials for students and for the economy. Read more>

Future of credential evaluation – Digital data, networks

University World News, September 2, 2016

With nearly five million study abroad students worldwide and millions of refugees escaping conflict or in search of a better life, international credential evaluation has never been more important, says evaluation expert Margaret Wenger. Today digital data is transforming the field, speeding up evaluation and supporting student mobility – but there are challenges. Read more>

Students have misaligned expectations

Community College Daily, Aug. 23, 2016

Students are overly optimistic about how long it will take to graduate. The CCCSE survey reported 61 percent of students think they will be able to finish community college in two years or less. That clashes with data from the National Student Clearinghouse that found only 39 percent of first-time-in-college students complete an associate degree or certificate within six years. Read more>

Chesterton lessens college anxiety among seniors

The Northwest Indiana Times, Aug. 21, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, 70 percent of the students at Chesterton High School enroll enroll in a two- or four- college or university. This data helped us develop programs and activities to meet the needs of our students. Read more>

Statewide Effort of All Ohio Community Colleges Will Improve and Accelerate Student Completion

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, Aug. 18, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 39 percent of community college students complete a degree or certificate within six years. There are many initiatives currently underway to improve that number, and one of the most promising is guided pathways. Read more>

The real crisis in higher education is about a lot more than debt

The Washington Post, August 11, 2016

Earning a college degree can be a pathway to higher wages and better employment opportunities, but for those who fail to graduate, those prospects quickly fade. And at a time when a majority of students finance their education with loans, dropping out of school comes with greater risks. Read more>

High School Benchmarks 2016: National College Progression Rates