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Arkansas program is doubling college completion rates

KHTV, April 1, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new study titled College Count$ demonstrates that low-income students who have participated in the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) earn associate degrees or technical certificates at more than double the rate of the general community college population in Arkansas. The findings are especially significant considering that students who participate in CPI must qualify for public assistance, live at 250 percent or less of the poverty level and support a family as a custodial parent.

Additionally, the College Count$ results show that CPI students outperform Community College students nationally. According to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 39 percent of students nationwide enrolled at a two-year public college in 2008 completed an associate degree or certificate by 2014. In comparison, 62 percent of CPI students who enrolled at an Arkansas community college in 2008 completed at least one degree or certificate by 2013 – a rate more than 50 percent higher than the national average for the community college student body. Read more >

In-state and interstate initiatives aim to improve transfer pathways

EducationDive, April 1, 2016

Fully one-third of all students transfer before graduating with a degree. According to the National Clearinghouse Research Center, 14.6% of all 2014 bachelor’s degree recipients started their studies in a state different from the one in which they graduated.

Though just getting off the ground, the Interstate Passport Initiative aims to smooth the transfer pathway for these students, who are left out of in-state programs. Read more>

Skipping college may be the new normal

CNBC, March 28, 1016

Nationally, the college completion rate fell to about 52 percent of students from 56 percent over the past three years at both public and private four-year institutions, while college enrollment has also declined overall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

“What we are seeing is that there is a growing variety in the kinds of pathways students take,” said Jason DeWitt, the research manager at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more >

Improving Veterans Compliance Reporting

AACRAO, March 23, 2016

By the end of May, the first stage of a revamped veterans’ compliance reporting system should be ready, according to presenters at AACRAO’s 2016 Annual Meeting—and that new system is promising to be a “near-term ecosystem win,” said Rick Torres, president and CEO of National Student Clearinghouse and moderator for the panel discussion that included expert school administration and student veteran representatives. Read more>

How college advising in Chicago Public Schools got a whole lot smarter

Catalyst Chicago, March 21, 2016

In 2004, under the administration of Arne Duncan, Chicago became one of the first districts to contract with the National Student Clearinghouse to find out how many CPS June graduates had actually enrolled in college the following fall. The disappointing baseline number—just 43 percent—lent urgency to the effort to improve.

By 2012, the Chicago Public School college enrollment rate was approaching 60 percent, within striking distance of the national average of 63 percent. A national expert on higher education described the change in Chicago as “one of the miracles of my lifetime.” Read more >

Rauner shackles higher education in Illinois

Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2016

Last month, the National Student Clearinghouse, a trusted source of information on educational outcomes, said Illinois public universities rank best in the nation in completion rates for part-time students and for adult learners, defined as those who start college later than the age of 24. Overall, 87 percent of full-time students at Illinois public universities graduate within six years, 7 percentage points higher than the national average, the clearinghouse said. Read more >

Mixed results on degree earners

Community College Daily, March 10, 2016

New data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center yield mixed results for community college students. Community colleges appear to be doing a good job helping students transfer and succeed at four-year institutions as well as training students for jobs. Where they seem to miss their target is increasing the number of students who are earning their first college credential. Read more >

College Degrees Are on the Rise, But Not Among Older Americans

The Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2016

College attainment continues to climb, but not among all age groups. And a growing share of those earning undergraduate degrees had prior degrees or certificates. Those are the two big findings in research released this week by the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit that collects student data from colleges and universities. Read more >

Texas A&M International Launches New eTranscript Ordering System

Texas A&M International University, March 8, 2016

A new transcript ordering system at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will dramatically cut wait times for official University transcripts from days to minutes.

“This new service automates much of what was previously a manual system that was just as frustrating for employees as it was for students who were unfairly inconvenienced,” explained TAMIU Registrar Juan G. García. Read more >

Transferring to another college: Tips to help your child through it

Denver Post, February, 24, 2016

According to a special report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, a third of students end up transferring to other colleges or universities. Some of these students are transferring from community colleges, but many are also moving from one four-year school to another. New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that 37.2 percent of college students transfer at least once within six years. Read more>

Streamlining veterans compliance reporting

AACRAO Blog, FEB. 24, 2016

A national initiative to streamline the veterans compliance reporting process is underway. The reporting and certification requirements can be complex and can require significant work on behalf of veterans and schools; as such a number of registrars and other stakeholders have begun to discuss ways in which the certification and recertification process could be done more efficiently and cost-effectively. Read more >

Ithaca College ICC theme helps transfer students stay on track

The Ithacan, February 17, 2016

Ithaca College’s transfer system works to help students transferring from two-year community colleges graduate in four-years. Read more >

One-third of Michigan’s 2008 high school grads have college degree or certificate

MLive, February 15, 2016

Slightly more than 37 percent of young adults who graduated from a Michigan public high school in 2008 completed a post-secondary program by summer 2015, according to new state data. Read more >

Low Income, High Graduation Rate

Inside Higher Ed, February 8, 2016

College completion rates have stagnated, and lower-income students in particular face long odds of getting to graduation. Two new studies, however, show that low-income students can graduate at high rates when they receive financial and academic supports from external groups. Read more >

Gates Foundation Calls for More Granular Data on Student Outcomes

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 2, 2016

The National Student Clearinghouse regularly reports on many of the things that the Gates Foundation report calls for, such as part-time and transfer student completion rates. Read more>

Programs available to transfer students to ease transition to UNL

The Daily Nebraskan, February 2, 2016

Each year the University of Nebraska-Lincoln welcomes an average of 1,000 transfer students from institutions all over the world. Many of these students come from community colleges throughout Nebraska, as well as the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Read more >

Study: Colorado Transfer Students Struggle To Graduate

Colorado Public Radio, January 27, 2016

Researcher Davis Jenkins with the Community College Research Center at Columbia University told to CPR News’ Mike Lamp about the reasons the move from community college to university can be a difficult transition. Click to story.

Community-college ranking shows Va. good, has room to improve

InsideNOVA, January 26, 2016

Virginia rates above the national average in helping community-college students transfer to, and graduate from, four-year schools, a new report suggests. Read more >

Tribune opinion: College transfer system needs some smoothing out

The Tribune (Greeley and Weld County, CO), January 25, 2016

As a college education becomes an ever-more-important prerequisite for a middle-class lifestyle and the costs of higher education continue to rise, the faltering ability of students transferring from a community college in Colorado to earn a timely degree takes on a stark significance. Read more >

Aspen Institute Names Top 150 Community Colleges Eligible For 2017 Prize For Excellence

College Planning and Management, January 26, 2016

Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds. Read more >

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