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Texas leads nation in university enrollment growth

Houston Chronicle, Dec. 20, 2017

About 1.5 million students studied at Texas universities this past semester, representing a 2.5-percent increase in enrollment, according to the National Student Clearinghouse research center. Growth in Texas — more than 34,400 students year over year — was the biggest of any state nationwide, and came as the number of students in two- and four-year institutions dropped in the U.S. The state with the next-highest enrollment growth was Arizona, with more than 15,100 students. Read the story>

Enrollments Are Down But the Gender Gap Has Widened

WIAReport, Dec. 20, 2017

New report shows there were 10,787,270 women enrolled in higher education this fall compared to 8,024,010 men. Thus, women were 57.3 percent of total enrollments in higher education. In 2017, enrollments of women were down 0.7 percent from a year ago. Male enrollments were down by 1.5 percent, more than double the rate for women. Read the story>

Nearly 2% drop in public two-year college enrollments

Community College Daily, Dec. 20, 2017

New data indicate that enrollments at public two-year colleges continue to drop but at a slower rate. More than 97,000 fewer students (a 1.7 percent drop) enrolled in public two-year colleges in fall 2017 compared to fall 2016, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Read the story>

University enrollment decline continues into sixth straight year

Hechinger Report, Dec. 20, 2017

University enrollment continued to decline in the fall for the sixth straight year, adding more bad news to the woes of financially stretched colleges and universities, new figures show. In all, the ranks of university and college undergraduates dropped by nearly 224,000. That’s even after taking into account an increase of 24,000 more students in graduate and professional programs. Read the story>

How Georgia State Stopped Students From Slipping Through The Cracks

WABE Radio, Dec. 18, 2017

“We used 10 years of data, 2.5 million Georgia State grades, 140,000 student records,” said Tim Renick, GSU’s vice provost and vice president for enrollment management and student success. “What we were doing in the data is looking for academic behaviors in the past that correlated to students dropping and flunking out.” Read the story>

The emerging future of higher ed credentials

University Business, Nov. 24, 2017

So, how do we get to the next level, where schools can recognize and accept for-credit microcredentials and learning experiences? The Lumina Foundation has been pursuing this goal through the Connecting Credentials effort, which launched in 2015 (connectingcredentials.org). This framework laid the foundation for defining competencies in structured sets leading to microcredentials that could be recognized on a wide scale. Read the story.

Dual enrollment has drastic state-by-state differences

eCampus News, Dec. 7, 2017

A new study from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center examines each state to gauge how many high school students are taking community college classes and how they do when they move on to college. Read the story>

President of the Year: California Community Colleges Chancellor

Education Dive, Dec. 4, 2017

An Army veteran and product of California Community Colleges, Chancellor Oakley sees his mission as simplifying the path to completion for all students, and particularly those with similar lots in life to his own. Read the EducationDIVE story.

Rural America’s Neglected Higher-Education Problem

The Atlantic, Dec. 4, 2017

Only 59 percent of rural high-school graduates enroll in college the subsequent fall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. That’s a lower proportion than students from urban and suburban areas. Read more>

Since 2012-13, First-Time Graduates Age 25 and Over Down by Nearly 50,000

Clearinghouse Today, Nov. 20, 2017

According to the Research Center’s 2017 Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, first-time graduates, associate and bachelor’s degrees combined, in the 25 and over age group dropped 7.0 percent compared to the previous year, reflecting post-recession enrollment declines among older students. Since 2012-13, the number of first-time graduates in the 25 and over age group has declined by nearly 50,000. Read more>


The Other Student Debt Crisis

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017

First, we need better information about the scale and structure of institutional debt. How many current and former students owe unpaid balances? How much, and for what? What academic progress had they made? How do these patterns of debt, stopping out and credit earning break down by academic sector, geography and student demography? These are questions that can’t be answered institution by institution. They require the expertise of big-data agencies like the National Center for Educational Statistics or the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

Arizona organization helps students prepare for college, FAFSA

Arizona School Boards Association, Nov. 28, 2017

Jessica Solis, a Be A Leader college-going counselor in the Phoenix office, works with 140 kids every year to help them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and get into the right college. Solis said that students in the senior boot camp program earned a combined total of $3.2 million in scholarships. Learn more>

The surprising Maine county that sends so many kids to college

Bangor Daily News, Nov. 27, 2017

All throughout Maine’s Aroostook County, it appears adults — whether teachers, family members or business owners — are making a point to catch and encourage young people in their schooling, so they might continue on to some type of college. Discover what they are doing>


See how well Maine high schools do sending poorer kids to college

Maine Focus, Nov. 29, 2017

In general, schools with lower poverty rates were likely to see a larger share of their graduating classes go on to finish two- or four-year degree programs within the six years after high school graduation. The analysis is limited only to the graduating classes in 2009 and 2010, based on the best available data from the National Student Clearinghouse and published by the Maine Department of Education. Read more>

Who Is More Likely to Default on Student Loans?

Liberty Street Economics, Nov. 20, 2017

Who is more likely to default on student loans? To answer this question, the New York Federal Reserve Bank utilizes a unique data set that matches the New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel, based on Equifax data, to National Student Clearinghouse education data, to track student debt and educational attainment over time. Read more>

Four myths about student veterans

Raytheon, Nov. 22, 2017

Student veterans succeed at a higher rate than those who have never served; 72 percent graduation, as compared to 66 percent for non-veterans, according to the National Veteran Education Success Tracker, or NVEST, a research partnership between SVA, the U.S. department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

Rural schools join forces to make college the rule rather than the exception

Hechinger Report, Nov. 17, 2017

Meadowbrook High School, which serves 490 students from across a sprawling 128-square-mile district in Southeast Ohio, is thriving when it comes to graduation rates and participation in higher education. In just a few short years, the school has managed to create a culture in which going to college is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Discover their approach.


WVU President: For higher ed to survive, we’ve got to ‘blow up the box’

EducationDive, Nov. 16, 2017

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says our universities and colleges and higher ed in general are the economic driver of the country, he said, addressing a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for the Committee on Economic Development’s policy conference. Read more>

KCTCS, University of Kentucky Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

KYForward, Nov. 15, 2017

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward the KCTCS degree, if the credits for each institution align. Read more>


Editorial: Focus on college retention will pay dividends

Williamson Daily News, Nov. 8, 2017

Kentucky public universities recently put out the call to former college students who left without a degree – come back and finish. The new Project Graduate program is making a special effort to reach out to those who have 80 or more credit hours, and offer them special assistance and considerations to help them get their bachelor’s degree. The goal, officials say, is to boost the quality of the Kentucky workforce. Read more about some college, no degree.


2017 Fall Current Term Enrollment Report