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White House Summit Calls for Using Data to Boost Graduation Rates

Education News, December 5, 2014
The big words at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action, a summit for discussing ideas to increase higher education graduation rates, were data and technology. “Now everybody…
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Most College Students Don’t Graduate On Time

U.S. News & World Report, December 1, 2014
The vast majority of college students aren’t completing their degrees on time, largely due to a lack of guidance and too many choices. A new report from the nonprofit Complete College America argues…
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Colleges’ New Challenge: Keeping Students in School

CNBC.com, November 24, 2014
Think of college and, chances are, you picture 18-year-olds strolling across a leafy campus on their way from dorm to class. That is not reality for most college students today. More than half of college…
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Spokane Colleges Cooperate in Pilot Transfer Program

The Spokesman – Review, November 24, 2014
Cameron Corcoran was a math class short of an associate degree at Spokane Community College but didn’t want to delay his transition to a four-year university any longer. The 26-year-old enrolled at Eastern…
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More College Students Attend Part-Time, are Older and Don’t Graduate Within 6 Years, Report Finds

eCreditDaily.com, November 24, 2014
The typical college education cycle is shifting away from the traditional straight-out-of-high-school path to a degree in four years. Actually, more than half of college students now attend part time and did…
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Report Examines Effects of 2008 Recession on College Completion Rates

The Daily Free Press, November 21, 2014
As a result of the Great Recession of 2008, the national six-year graduation completion rates for college students of the Fall 2008 cohort saw a slight decline from previous years, according to a Tuesday report…
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Recession-Era Enrollments and Completion / The Global Flow of Students

Inside Higher Ed, November 21, 2014
Our Nov. 21 program explored student enrollments domestically and internationally. In our first segment, the National Student Clearinghouse’s Douglas Shapiro joined Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jaschik and…
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America’s Awful College Dropout Rates, in Four Charts

Slate, November 19, 2014
America’s nagging problem with college dropouts managed to get the tiniest bit worse this year. The National Student Clearinghouse reports that 55 percent of first-time undergraduates who matriculated in the fall of…
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College-Going Rates Up, Six-Year Completion Down, Report Finds

Career College Central, November 19, 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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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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