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College Completion Rate Offers Dismal Results

SayCampusLife, November 19, 2014
Millions of people begin college each fall, but the completion rate for such students is downright dismal. Indeed, only 55 percent of students who entered college in Fall 2008 had graduated by May 2014…
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Graduation Rates Decline Since Economic Downturn

Diverse, November 19, 2014
University and college graduation rates have declined since the beginning of the economic downturn, according to a new report, even as policymakers prod universities and colleges to turn out more people…
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College-Going Rates Up, Six-Year Completion Down, Report Finds

Education Week, November 18, 2014
While high school students are all about what college they want to get into, a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center looks at how many actually finish —and the outcomes vary widely by…
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Study: Recession Affected Higher Ed Completion Rates

Education Dive, November 18, 2014
A study of students who started two- or four-year higher education programs in 2008 found that their six-year completion rate dropped, to 55% from 56.1% one year earlier. The lower completion rates for the 2008…
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Non-First-Time Students a Fix for Decreasing Enrollment?

University Business, November 18, 2014
The number of Americans age 18 to 21, the traditional college age, has decreased by nearly 700,000 since 2011—from 18.1 to 17.4 million—according to research from the University of Virginia. With this decline, many…
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College Completions Fall In Recession

U.S. News & World Report, November 18, 2014
Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of students flocked to colleges during the Great Recession, fewer students graduated after six years, particularly older and part-time students, according to a new report…
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Automating the Reverse Transfer Student Data Exchange

University Business, November 18, 2014
More transfer students will now have the chance to obtain an associate degree—with-out extra administrative burden—thanks to a Lumina Foundation grant that National Student Clearinghouse received to provide an…
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During Recession: Enrollment Up, but Completion Down

Community College Daily, November 18, 2014
While postsecondary institutions saw an increase in enrollment during the recent recession, overall completion fell, especially among nontraditional-age students, according to a new study. In its third annual…
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Colleges Saw a Flood of Students at Recession’s Peak—and Discouraging Results

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 18, 2014
Six years after a flood of students entered college, many seeking shelter from a sinking economy and a leg up in an uncertain job market, their progress report is in, and it isn’t encouraging. Only 55 percent of the…
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Recession and Completion

Inside Higher Ed, November 18, 2014
More first-time students enrolled in college in 2008, as the recession was beginning, than in previous years. But a smaller percentage of this group made it to graduation, according to new data the National Student…
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Graduation Rates are Down, Not Up, Since Economic Downturn

The Hechinger Report, November 18, 2014
University and college graduation rates have declined since the beginning of the economic downturn, according to a new report, even as policymakers prod universities and colleges to turn out more people with degrees…
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Dropping Out, Again: Why So Many College Students Never Graduate

NBC News Online, November 17, 2014
A decade ago, then-18-year-old Sophia Stoll resolved that she wanted to go away for college. The working-class New Yorker enrolled in a private Catholic university outside of Pittsburgh, but by her junior year…
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Easier Said Than Done: Finishing College in Four Years

JConline, November 15, 2014
Little did Purdue University student Catherine Labelle know that one seemingly innocuous decision would thrust her into an issue that’s currently in the national spotlight in higher education circles. Thinking…
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The 7 Biggest Challenges of Adult Learners

Career College Central, November 10, 2014
The average American college student isn’t as fresh-faced as before. Due largely to lingering, recession-fueled job market competition, nontraditional students are going back to college in droves…
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How The Montgomery GI Bill Is Motivating Our Servicemembers

CBS, November 10, 2014
Have you ever heard of the Montgomery GI Bill? Created in 1983, the bill assists members of the military so they can pursue degrees in higher education and additional training for flight training…
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Pittsburgh Promise Aids City Students’ Progress

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 22, 2014
Since the Pittsburgh Promise began offering college scholarships in 2008, high school graduation rates in Pittsburgh Public Schools have increased, 1,084 scholarship recipients have graduated from college…
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Reverse Transfer Project from Clearinghouse

Inside Higher Ed, October 22, 2014
The National Student Clearinghouse this week announced it would use a grant from the Lumina Foundation to create a national, automated system for exchanging “reverse transfer” student data. Reverse transfer…
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Reverse Transfer Project Could Yield 2M Degrees

Community College Daily, October 21, 2014
​The National Student Clearinghouse (NCS) is developing a national automated system to help higher education institutions exchange data on reverse transfer of credits. NSC believe as many as two million students…
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Reverse Transfer’ Project Aims to Ease the Way to Associate Degrees

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 21, 2014
​A new project from the National Student Clearinghouse will aim to provide an automated way for students who transfer from two-year institutions to four-year institutions to receive associate degrees. The reverse…
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Study: Majority of Adults Who Re-Enroll in College Never Graduate

Business Administration Information, October 21, 2014
Two-thirds of adults who re-enroll in college after a year or more of being away never end up graduating, according to a study released on October 7. Using data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research…
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Snapshot, Persistence and Retention Rates