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Confessions of a Community College Dean – Big Fat Hairy Facts

Inside Higher Ed, July 7, 2015
Yesterday’s post, co-written with Susanna Williams, got some unexpected and very welcome backup from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The post was a response to a piece by Harry Holzer, of AIR, arguing that community colleges are preventing students from succeeding. Among the highlights of the new report… Read More >

Despite Hurdles, Students Keep Switching Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 7, 2015
Some 3.6 million students entered college for the first time in the fall of 2008, at the height of the Great Recession. Over the next six years, they transferred 2.4 million times… Read More >

Schools on U.S. military installations raising standards, tracking students beyond high school

The Hechinger Report, June 21, 2015
Stephen Call, who graduated this month from Quantico Middle/High School on the U.S. Marine Corps base in Virginia, had a decision to make last December. His mother, a master sergeant specializing in communications, received orders… Read More >

Colleges may no longer be the gatekeepers to the middle class

Consumer Affairs, June 22, 2015
With high school graduation season reaching its peak, millions of 18-year olds who plan to attend college in the fall have just been through the nerve-wracking process of college admissions… Read More >

What’s wrong with going to a community college? How two-year colleges can be better than four-year universities.

The Washington Post, June 29, 2015
The United States is largely segregated along education lines. Those who went to college usually know mostly other people who went to college, so they tend to think their experience is universal. Yet only three in ten Americans age 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree…. Read More >

Transfer students continue to head south

Examiner.com, June 29 2015
Transfer students are continuing their march south, according to data compiled by U.S. News and World Report, as large public universities in Florida, California and Texas dominated the list of most popular destinations for transfers last year… Read More >

Heading to College: 6 things to Consider to Enhance your Education Experience

College Recruiter, June 29, 2015
According to a recent National Student Clearinghouse report, only 40 percent of college students finish their degree from start to finish while another 30 percent drop out. Getting a college education has… Read More >

How Churches Are Trying To Raise The College Graduation Rate

PBS Newshour, June 29, 2015
Damita Rhodie was on her way to a bachelor’s degree when she fell in love, got married, had kids, divorced, and ended up with no bachelor’s degree and no time to get one… Read More >

Colleges may no longer be the gatekeepers to the middle class

ConsumerAffairs, June 22, 2015
With high school graduation season reaching its peak, millions of 18-year olds who plan to attend college in the fall have just been through the nerve-wracking process of college admissions. A college degree has always been viewed as a ticket to the middle class, but in recent years that ticket has been harder to come by, even if you could afford it… Read More >

Where Dreams Come True

POLITICO Magazine , June 18, 2015
Orlando doesn’t seem like ground zero for the debate over higher education and social inequality. This Florida city, after all, is still best known for Disney World, the iconic Cinderella Castle and endless days of butter-yellow sunshine… Read More >

Schools on Military Bases Refocus to Raise Standards

U.S. News, June 19, 2015
The nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse said it currently partners with about 35 percent of the nation’s public high schools to provide postsecondary data on graduates. The reported data includes whether students enroll in college, if they return after their freshman year and if they complete a degree within six years of starting… Read More >

It’s Not Either Associate or Bachelor’s Degree; for Many Students, It’s Both

Education Week, June 18, 2015
For a significant number of students, a community college is a step along the academic path, but not a stopping place. More than 40 percent of graduates with an associate degree—and 60 percent of those who earn one by age 20—go on to earn a bachelor’s degree, finds a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center… Read More >

Schools on U.S. military installations raising standards, tracking students beyond high school

The Hechinger Report, June 21, 2015
Stephen Call, who graduated this month from Quantico Middle/High School on the U.S. Marine Corps base in Virginia, had a decision to make last December. His mother, a master sergeant specializing in communications, received orders to move to Miramar, California. If he went with her, Call would have to change schools for the sixth time in 12 years… Read More >

Students have a ‘right to know’ just what that degree is worth

America Enterprise Institute, June 17, 2015
Over the past few weeks, the media has been fixated on the left’s push for debt-free college. But one significant – and bipartisan – development that could improve the lives of students didn’t receive the attention it deserved… Read More >

No Bachelor’s Degree? No Problem

U.S. News, June 17, 2015
Some college credentials don’t lead to a higher degree, according to new research – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing…Read More >

Senate HELP takes on accreditation – California comes to a budget deal – Tracing a path to a bachelor’s degree

POLITICO, June 17, 2015
The topic du jour at today’s Senate HELP hearing on reauthorizing the Higher Education Act is accreditation’s role in ensuring quality, and sector officials have the witness stage to themselves…Read More >

Associate degree is first step for many

Community College Daily, June 17, 2015
​Younger associate degree graduates are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years than older graduates, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center… Read More >

How and Whether Certificates and Associate Degrees Lead to B.A.s

The Chronicle of Higher Education , June 17, 2015
Two out of five students who earned associate degrees in 2008-9 had bachelor’s degrees under their belts six years later, according to a new national study. The average time between the degrees was 2.8 years… Read More >

Study: 2 in 5 Associate Degrees Lead to a Bachelor’s Degree

Inside Higher Ed, June 17, 2015
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a new study today that shows more than 60 percent of students who earned an associate degree when they were 20 years old or younger went on to earn a bachelor’s within six years… Read More >

Why Fewer Students are Going to College

MarketWatch, May 30, 2015
It looks like going into debt for extra degrees is out and working for a paycheck is in. Fewer students are attending college, thanks largely to a growing economy.The number of… Read More >

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