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Declining foreign enrollment presents another admissions challenge

Education Dive, May 25, 2016

In addition to concerns about declining student populations in many regions in the U.S., some colleges and universities are now having to grapple with a steep drop-off in international student enrollment. Read more>

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Spring 2016 College Enrollment Down Nationwide As US Economy Recovers From Recession

International Business Times, May 24, 2016

“The post recession hangover continues to affect enrollments of adult learners,” the clearinghouse’s executive research director, Doug Shapiro, said in a news release Monday. “However, the desire to attend college remains strong among traditional-aged students, whose enrollments held steady in spite of concerns about student debt and an overall decline in the number of high school graduates in the nation.” Read more>


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Local group helps women receive degrees after life challenges

Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 23, 2016

This is graduation season for thousands of Georgia college students, and many of metro Atlanta’s high school students are receiving diplomas this week. For many, transitioning from high school to college will be seamless. But for others, it can be bumpy, leading them to delay college or take time off once they get there. Read more>

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Colleges Advised to be More Transparent with Key Data on Outcomes

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 18, 2016

In order to demonstrate what they are doing for students, colleges and universities must be willing to let data tell their story and stop perpetuating the faulty notion that charging a hefty tuition necessarily means students are getting a better education.

Doug Shapiro, executive research director at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center—a nonprofit that tracks student outcomes for secondary and postsecondary schools that subscribe to the service—said the appeal to colleges and universities has to be how data can help them get better at what they do.

He said the National Student Clearinghouse could help to form a broader data education system because it is already entrusted by institutions of higher education to do work in the data collection realm.

It can be done today without new systems or regulations,” Shapiro said. Read more>

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Playbook for Transfer Created

Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2016

Community college experts team up to develop a guide to help colleges and universities build success transfer pathways and increase bachelor’s completion. In January, the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Aspen Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a state-by-state report on transfer and found that transfer and graduation rates at some states is in the single digits. Read more>

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Secure, portable, digital ownership of academic credentials for students

The PIE News, May 13, 2016

The Groningen Declaration Network is a global group of stakeholders – from the public sector and commercial organisations – committed to achieving secure, portable, digital ownership of academic credentials for students. Read more >

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Wisconsin Association of Private Colleges and Universities: College access and affordability emphasized in 2016 Wisconsin Private College Week

WisPolitics.com, May 12, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, nationally 53 percent of students who began college in 2009 finished their degree by 2015, while for Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities 70 percent completed their degrees in the same time period. Read more >

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Cal State Fullerton Honors Student Veterans

CSUF News Service, May 11, 2016

Hundreds of family members, friends, fellow veterans and Cal State Fullerton staff members were on hand to honor student veterans Saturday, April 30, at the ninth annual Veterans Appreciation Night. This year, more than 180 student veterans are expected to graduate from the University. Read more >

To continue its support of veterans, the Clearinghouse recently launched a Veterans Compliance Reporting Website. Read more>

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Transfers are more common among college students, and schools must adapt

Minnesota Star-Tribune, May 9, 2016

Private colleges in Minnesota also enroll more transfer students than their peer institutions in other states save for New York, according to a February 2015 study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. One in five students who completed a four-year degree at a nonprofit, private Minnesota college originally enrolled at another school. Read more >

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College persistence rates up for third straight year

Education Dive, May 9, 2016

College persistence rates are up for the third year in a row, showing a rebound as the effects of the recession on student retention finally start to diminish. Read more >

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Editorial: ‘Gap year’ may improve college success

The Des Moines Register, May 5, 2016

About 30 percent of students who started college in the fall of 2013 did not return to any U.S. college in the fall of 2014, according to the most recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Think about that. Nearly one in three students. They didn’t transfer to a different school. They didn’t go back.

In Iowa, only about 40 percent of students who enter a four-year public college graduate in four years. Less than 70 percent graduate in six years. Read more >


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How to improve your odds of graduating debt-free from college

Dallas Morning News, April 28, 2016

Only about two out of five students who start at a two-year college complete their studies within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, compared with nearly 80% who first enroll in a public four-year institution. Read more>

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Background Checks: A Rock and a Hard Place

Big Ideas for Small Business, April 26, 2016

As a general rule, it’s not illegal for an employer to do a background check (other than medical or genetic history). Thus, under federal law employers can check a job applicant’s work history, education, criminal record, financial history, and social media postings. You can check an applicant’s education claims as part of an overall background search. A separate check can be made through the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more >

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Westchester Community College pushes for transfer agreements with area colleges

Westfair Communications, April 14, 2016

Westchester Community College has partnered with Manhattanville College and The College of New Rochelle in an attempt to ease the process of transferring from its two-year programs to four-year degrees. That brings the school’s total partnerships to 10.

In its 2014-19 strategic plan, WCC specifically noted a goal to both increase the number of students transferring after graduation and the “transfer pathways” for students to follow. Nearly 50 percent of the students who completed a degree at four-year institutions in the 2013-14 academic year had enrolled at a two-year institution at some point, according to a May 2015 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more >

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Navigating The Transition From School To The Workplace

The Diane Rehm Show,  April 14, 2016

Today’s college graduates are taking longer to find a job and settle into a career. High levels of student debt add to the challenge. Hear some of the nation’s experts discuss navigating the transition from college to the workforce. Listen to this radio interview of:

Jeffrey Selingo regular contributor on higher education, the Washington Post; author, “There is Life After College: What Parents And Students Should Know About Navigating School To Prepare For The Jobs Of Tomorrow”

Anthony Carnevale director and research professor, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University

Kristen Hamilton CEO and co-founder, Koru

Andy Chan vice president for innovation and career development, Wake Forest University

“According to the National Student Clearinghouse, there are many more people in their 20s than in any other age group right now, who have some college credit and no degree. So we’re sending all of these people to college and they’re leaving before they have a degree. And if you look at any employment ad, nobody ever says, some college credit, no degree necessary. Right?” said Jeff Selingo.


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‘Nontraditional’ students showcase a different Miami experience

The Miami Student, April 8, 2016

Patrick Carroll designs his own board games. He plays the bassoon, electric bass and multiple percussion instruments. He was a street performer and stand-up comedian, is head tutor at the Rinella Learning Center and, like many undergraduates, does not know what he wants to do after finishing his bachelor’s degree in physics. Carroll is 31 years old.

Although they may seem unusual, “nontraditional” students like Carroll are more common than some may think. According to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, over a third of current college students are over 25. Read more >

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Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career?

The New York Times, April 5, 2016

There are 12.5 million 20-somethings with some college credits and no degree, by far the largest share of the 31 million adults who leave college short of a degree, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. In many ways, these young adults are no better off financially than high-school graduates who never attempted college at all. Employers, after all, don’t advertise they want “some college.” They want a degree. Read more >

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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 >

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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>

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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 >

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