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Helping Rural Teens Gain Skills for a Better Future

Agriculture.com, September 17, 2014
Today, there’s a push in several states to make more college classes available to more rural high school students. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, half of low-income rural youth who graduated…
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More Colleges Put Out Welcome Mat for Transfer Students

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, September 16, 2014
Amanda DuPont could sense right away that something was wrong. In the first weeks of her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, she began to question if she had chosen the right school for her. “I was unhappy, and then I didn’t do well in my classes. And…
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Increase in Student Transfers Worrying Alumni Offices

The Hechinger Report, September 7, 2014
Maya Gunaseharan spent her first year in college at American University, then transferred to Cornell. And that was after 12 years at a private school in New Jersey.Now all three ask her to contribute money. “I do feel a…
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Drawbacks of “15 to Finish”

HuffPost Education, September 5, 2014
A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, funded by The Lumina Foundation, reveals that over the past two decades, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college without obtaining a…
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Should You Buy College Tuition Insurance?

Consumer Reports, August 22, 2014
With the average total cost of college tuition, fees, and room and board now running around $41,000 a year at four-year private institutions, you might be tempted to buy tuition refund insurance, which is offered by…
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Federal Study Finds Nearly 40 Percent of Transfer Students Got No Credit

The Hechinger Report, August 20, 2014
The significant proportion of students who transfer from one college or university to another lose an average of 13 credits when they do, and nearly 40 percent get no credit for the work they have already completed…
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School-Hopping Alumni Aren’t Giving Back to Colleges

CNN Money, August 20, 2014
Maya Gunaseharan spent her first year in college at American University, then transferred to Cornell. Now, both schools are asking her to donate money.”I had a really great first year at American,” said Gunaseharan, who…
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First Woman Ever Wins Math’s ‘Nobel Prize’

UPI, August 14, 2014
A professor of mathematics at Stanford University has become the first woman in history to be awarded the Fields Medal in Mathematics Maryam Mirzakhani was presented with the award Wednesday for her contributions to geometry…
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Parent Alert: Millions Start College But Don’t Finish

Examiner.com, August 14, 2014
Over the past two decades, more than 31 million students started college but failed to graduate according to Signature Report 7 from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in conjunction with the University…
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News Rundown – The 31 Million “Some College” Population

SkilledUp, August 13, 2014
Welcome back to the SkilledUp news rundown for August 13. Our main item this week is a look at the enormous number of people who tick the “some college, no degree” box. Other items of interest include: How students shop for…
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Turning the Focus From Enrollment to Retention

The Evolllution, August 8, 2014
The following interview is with Joni Finney, director of the Institute for Research in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A former vice president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher…
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31 Million Americans Left Their College Education Unfinished: Report

International Business Times, August 1, 2014
The college years can be a time for experimentation and self-discovery, and a degree can improve your potential income by more than $20,000 annually. However, over the past 20 years, more than 31 million Americans, almost…
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Why Most Of This College’s Engineering Students Are Women

The Huffington Post, July 31, 2014
In 2013, only 19 percent of fresh-faced college graduates with engineering degrees were women, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Experts point fingers in all directions to explain this huge…
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7 Charts That Show What Happened to 31 Million American College Dropouts

Vox, July 30, 2014
About 20 percent of Americans adults over age 25 have some college education but no degree. That includes 31 million Americans who started college between 1992 and 2007, but never earned a degree. And a new report from…
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Millions With College Credit Identified as Potential Graduates

Diverse Education, July 30, 2014
An estimated 4 million Americans have completed at least two years of college and they represent a promising pool of potential students with whom colleges and universities could reconnect to offer degree completion programs…
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Why Smart, Poor Kids Lied About College

The Washington Post, July 30, 2014
Boston College professor Karen Arnold encountered a mystery in her investigation of graduates of an innovative high school program in Providence, R.I. Many of the disadvantaged students had lied to their former counselors…
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31 Million Americans Have College Credits, But No Degree

The Hechinger Report, July 29, 2014
At a time when policymakers are struggling to increase the proportion of Americans with college and university degrees, more than 31 million people have already accumulated credits but quit without graduating, a new report…
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Catching the Non-Completers

Politico, July 29, 2014
More than 31 million students who enrolled in college in the past two decades left without a degree, with almost a third sticking around for just a single term. But four million “potential completers,” mostly under age 29…
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A Focus on Specific Dropouts Can Help Colleges Raise Completion Rates

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29, 2014
College dropouts who came close to graduating but didn’t quite finish could be a key target for higher-education institutions that are under the gun to improve their completion rates, according to a report released on Tuesday…
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Report Challenges Colleges to Reach Out to Potential Degree Completers

Education Week, July 29, 2014
Much of the attention on college completion is focused on the pathways of recent high school graduates, but a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center looks at Americans who have finished “some…
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Snapshot, Persistence and Retention Rates