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Building Toward Completion

Community College Daily, April 3, 2015
In 2009, President Barack Obama announced the 2020 College Completion initiative. The goal: By 2020, the United States will have the greatest proportion of citizens who are college…
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Painting a Clearer Picture

Community College Daily, April 1, 2015
This statement sums up how community colleges and technical institutions currently tell their completion and attainment stories. The national measurements — excluding those that…
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New Hampshire First Among U.S. States in College Completion at Four-Year Publics, Rhode Island First Among Four-Year Independents

New England Board of Higher Education, March 30, 2015
New Hampshire leads the U.S. in completion rates of students who began studies at four-year public institutions, while Rhode Island leads among students who began studies at four-year…
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Nearly Half of 4-year College Grads Went to Community College

Education Dive, March 27, 2015
For many students, community college is a safer start to a bachelor’s degree. It’s close to home and it’s less expensive, giving students a chance to save for the switch to a four-year…
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Dropouts, Grads, and Terrible Counting

Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2015
Ashley Smith’s IHE story Thursday got few comments and drew little notice, but it should have made national headlines. It gives the lie to a great many tales being told about…
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Community College to Bachelor’s

Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2015
Nearly half of all students graduating with a four-year degree in the 2013-14 school year had some experience within a two-year institution. That detail is a part of a new report…
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Report Underscores Key Role of High School Counselors in College Transition

Education Week, March 25, 2015
A new report out on Wednesday confirms that school counselors are critical to helping students transition from high school to college and career, yet often aren’t allowed…
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Students Increasingly Mobile in Path to College Degree

Education Week, March 25, 2015
The route that students take to earning a college degree is not all that linear, new findings from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reveal.Of all students who…
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Report: Community Colleges are Slowly Improving Student Support

The Hechinger Report, March 9, 2015
Pressed to stop a steady trickle of dropouts that has kept their graduation rates low, community colleges are getting more up close and personal with their students, a new report…
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Community College Enrollment and Completion Data

Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2015
Nationwide community college enrollment numbers continue to decline. But student completion rates in the sector are higher than many people think. Those are the two primary findings in…
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Beyond High School Diplomas: Educators Aim Towards College Completion

Home Room, March 9, 2015
Nationally, just 18 percent of all 9th graders complete four year degrees within 10 years. There needs to be a real sense of urgency as we move forward in creating and sustaining…
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Study: Completion Rates at Private Nonprofit Institutions in R.I. Higher than National Average

Providence Business News, March 5, 2015
A new study by the National Student Clearinghouse looked at the ways students achieve a college degree. It found that the overall six-year completion rate for first-time, degree…Read More >

Kansas Tops National List in Community College Transfers Completing Degree at Four-Year School

The Wichita Eagle, March 1, 2015
When Julia Glenn was ready to transfer from community college to a four-year school for her bachelor’s degree, Kansas made it easy. Under a state program, credits earned at a…
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Trying to Encourage Women to Become Engineers

Philly.com, February 28, 2015
Jennifer Boykin broke some stereotypes when she was young. She was the first girl to play Little League baseball in St. Louis. She excelled in math and science, encouraged by her…
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Colleges Are Trying to Get Students to Make a Course Correction

The Washington Post, February 28, 2015
Cleveland State University made a proposition to its students two years ago: Take a full course load of 30 credits a year and get $200 off tuition and a $200 book stipend. Only 32…
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Trying to Encourage Women to Become Engineers

The News & Observer, February 25, 2015
Jennifer Boykin broke some stereotypes when she was young. She was the first girl to play Little League baseball in St. Louis. She excelled in math and science, encouraged by her…
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N.J., Pa. College Graduation Rates Among Top in Country

Philly.com, February 25, 2015
Public colleges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have among the highest graduation rates in the country, according to data released this week. More than 70 percent of students that start at…
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Report: Michigan College Grad Rates Above National Average

Detroit Free Press, February 24, 2015
Michigan’s public universities are doing a good job of making sure students who enroll are graduating, even if the graduation comes at a different university, a new report shows…Read More >

Students Are Returning to For-Profit Colleges

U.S. News & World Report , February 24, 2015
Here’s a puzzle. Enrollment continued to decline at public community colleges this 2014-15 academic year, but not so much at private, for-profit ones. Of course, the for-profit…
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College Students Often Transfer Before Graduating, Study Finds

The Wall Street Journal, February 12, 2015
When students leave a particular college before graduation, they don’t necessarily disappear from the college pipeline—even though the federal government’s measure of…
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