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Just because your kids are headed off to college, it doesn’t mean they’ll graduate

The Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2016

Every fall, nearly 70 percent of new high school graduates start college. For parents, the expectation is that a few years later their children will get another diploma at college commencement. Think again. Read Jeff Selingo’s story>

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South Dakota universities tackle workforce shortage problem

Watertown Public Opinion, Dec. 9, 2016

“The supply of new jobs is growing, and those new jobs will be increasingly knowledge based,” said Mike Rush, the regents’ executive director and CEO. “Public universities can and will play a critical role in meeting the state’s skilled workforce needs.” To address human capital demands across the state, Rush said the regents have adopted a statewide attainment goal of 65 percent of South Dakotans, ages 25 to 34, holding some type postsecondary credential by 2025. Read more>

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The untapped potential of ‘some college, no degree’

The Hill, Dec. 8, 2016

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports that over the past two decades, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate. A bachelor’s degree holder earns, on average, about 46 percent more than someone who has some college credits but no degree. Getting these would-be completers over the finish line could generate massive economic gains for individuals – and economies. Estimates suggest that the ‘some college, no degree’ problem represents lost economic value of $500 billion per year. Read more>

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Higher Education Is Failing Older Americans

Forbes, Dec. 8, 2016

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center bears a bit of good news: college graduation rates are up. Of students starting college in fall 2010, 54.8% have now finished—up 1.9 percentage points from the prior year’s cohort. (Isn’t it depressing that a 55% graduation rate is good news?) While the numbers are improving, they also mask wide variation in graduation rates for different demographic groups. Some people, particularly older college-goers, are earning their credentials at much lower rates. Read more in Forbes>

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Older Americans Went Back To School During The Recession. Did It Pay Off?

FiveThirtyEight, Dec. 8, 2016

When Ed Morneault returned to college in 2011, two months before his 40th birthday, he didn’t just want a bachelor’s degree — he wanted a raise and a promotion. Morneault, who works as a facilities manager for the U.S. Army outside of Baltimore, first went to college immediately after high school but dropped out to join the Marine Corps. He stopped and started school multiple times, taking courses all around the world but never earning a degree. This time, though, Morneault was determined to finish…Read more>

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Completion and the Value of College

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016

The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this month said the six-year completion rate grew to 54.8 percent, an increase of roughly two percentage points over the previous year. While those tepid improvements aren’t all that exciting, the numbers are moving in the right direction as college enrollments have slid, largely due to the collapse of for-profit higher education and the gradual economic recovery since the recession. Read more>

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After a falling, college graduation rates begin to rebound

The Hechinger Report, Dec. 5, 2016

Graduation rates have begun to rebound after falling, and while the most recent figures still are short of pre-decline levels, analysts expect them to continue their slow rise. Read the story>

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College Completion Rates Recover After Slide

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Signature Report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2010 Cohort, recent declines in the overall national six-year completion rates have reversed and are now on an upward trajectory. Read the Inside Higher Ed story.

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Postsecondary education becoming more critical

Cincinnati.com, Nov. 26, 2016

By Beverly Davenport, interim president of the University of Cincinnati, and Greg Crawford, president of Miami University

By 2020, 64 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require postsecondary education. Now, more than ever, we want parents, teenagers and elected officials to know how profoundly important college-educated citizens are to our state’s well-being. Read more >

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Transfer Students Face Debt, More Classes

Hechinger Report, Nov. 22, 2016

The proportion of students who transfer is at record levels. More than two-thirds who earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions today have changed colleges at least once, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which estimates that an average of about 342,000 students change school each year.

Some policymakers also can’t believe that universities and colleges still haven’t worked out a way of accepting each others’ credits, a problem that wastes $6 billion a year in tuition, the National College Transfer Center estimates, and is a little-noticed but major reason students go deep into debt or never graduate. Read more in The Hechinger Report>

Most undergraduates lose all or some of their credits when they transfer, costing extra time and money


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MS Public Universities, Community Colleges Launch Complete 2 Compete Plan

Mississippi Public Universities, Nov. 17, 2016

Almost 300,000 Mississippians who attended a public university or community college within the past 15 years have completed some college without earning a degree. Mississippi Public Universities announced the launch of Complete 2 Compete, a new initiative designed to reach out to former students and help them complete their degrees.

“Economic development is driven by a skilled, educated workforce,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “This partnership will ensure Mississippi remains attractive to business and industry looking for a favorable tax climate and a workforce ready to excel on day one. I am grateful to everyone involved in making it a reality.” Read the press release>

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Female Mentors Can Help Level the STEM Playing Field in Higher Ed

MeriTalk, Nov. 17, 2016

From 2010 to 2020, STEM-related employment is projected to increase by 16 percent to more than 8.5 million jobs, according to the White House Council on Women and Girls. As early as 2018, the United States faces a skills shortage of 230,000 STEM employees, explains a CBS News report.

However, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that the number of women obtaining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees is stagnant. Read more>

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Community College Pathways to a Computer Science Degree

Google, Nov. 16, 2016

Our latest research shows that students who attend community colleges on the way to computer science bachelor’s degrees encounter many challenges and obstacles along the way. But there are many ways for community colleges and four-year colleges to work together and with industry to remove these obstacles and support students seeking to transfer into computer science majors. Read more>

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New Report Puts Member-Served Students’ Outcomes in Context

National College Access Network, Nov. 16, 2016

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s (NSCRC) fourth annual High School Benchmarks Report, released recently, examines the enrollment, persistence and completion outcomes of students across the country. These reports provide useful figures against which NCAN members can compare their student outcomes, especially when used in conjunction with data from NCAN’s Benchmarking Project. Read more>

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Tracking military and veteran student success

Military Times, Nov. 11, 2016

Several years ago, Student Veterans of America embarked on the Million Records Project in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse to get the data and produce research on how today’s student veterans have fared. What we learned is that student veterans are excelling. But we wanted to know more.

Our forthcoming research project, the National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST), has compiled and analyzed the successes of nearly 1 million student veterans and shows how much they are achieving in higher education. Read more>

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Alabama Community Colleges Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

Alabama Today, Nov. 10, 2016

Officials of the Alabama Community College System and public universities across the state announced a new agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from four-year institutions back to a two-year institution in order to complete a degree.

“Many people understand that you can take courses at community colleges, transfer those credits to a university, and apply them toward a four-year degree,” said Jimmy Baker, acting chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. “Our new agreement makes it possible for students to transfer credits in the other direction, too, helping them to attain a recognized credential they can use in the workplace or as they further their education.” Read more>


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New company hopes to increase number of community college transfers by offering a marketplace for students

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 8, 2016

A new public benefit corporation is hoping to ease the transfer process for community college students and drive four-year institutions to compete for these students. The Affordable College Public Benefit Corporation is a network, marketplace and app that helps students transfer from community colleges with more credits to the university that fits their career and degree goals.

While most community college students interested in transfer are place bound, nearly one in five students who started at a two-year institution transfer across state lines, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Don’t neglect the value of the second-chance student

Chief Learning Officer, Nov. 7, 2016

The booming market of nontraditional and continuing education is filled with many people who are now working toward degrees because they got sidetracked earlier in their studies. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, in 2012, nearly 40 percent of all postsecondary students were adult learners, 25 years of age or older. That age range likely hasn’t changed much. From my experience helping institutions of higher education, many of these adult learners, or non-traditional students, likely didn’t succeed in their first try at college and have come back to try again. Read more>


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4-year colleges should admit more community college students

Community College Daily, Nov. 3, 2016

While 80 percent of community college students say they plan to transfer to a four-year school, most never do. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported last year that only 15.1 percent of students who began community college in 2009 graduated from a four-year college within six years. More must be done to give community college students pathways to the bachelor’s degrees they want and are supremely capable of earning. Read more>

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Reverse Transfer – A Commitment to Student Success

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Nov. 3, 2016

According to recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse, community college students who transfer without having first completed an associate degree are less likely to get a bachelor’s degree than students who graduate from the community college first—56 percent versus 72 percent degree completion, respectively.

Sarah Hubbell, director of admissions, records and registration at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, said, Reverse Transfer can change that and help eliminate some of the risk for students in the process. “Students who receive their associate degree are more likely to finish their bachelor’s degree, increase their earning power, and improve their employment probabilities by showing competency and a dedication to finishing an educational milestone,” Hubbell said. Read more>

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