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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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Those With ‘Some College, No Degree’ Could Hold Key to U.S. Education Goals

PBS NewsHour Online, July 29, 2014
By 2020, President Barack Obama wants the United States to regain its position as the country with the most educated residents. But in the last 20 years, nearly one in every 10 Americans started a college career that…
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Within Striking Distance

Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2014
Americans who attended college for a while but never earned a credential might be the key to achieving the ambitious college completion goals the White House and influential foundations have set. It’s a big group. More…
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A Deeper Look at the Some College, No Degree Population

Street Insider, July 29, 2014
In its most recent Signature Report, Some College, No Degree: A National View of Students with Some College Enrollment, but No Completion, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that 31 million…
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Key Republican in House Proposes Broad Student-Aid Reforms

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25, 2014
As the U.S. House of Representatives takes its first steps toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee’s chairman, is offering his own vision of student-aid reform. In an…
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New College Data Give Fuller Picture of Graduation Rates — And Show Challenges

The Washington Post, July 18, 2014
Dozens of public universities across the country, including three in Maryland, report that fewer than half of their full-time freshmen in 2007 earned bachelor’s degrees after six years at those schools or after switching to other…
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Fewer Freshman College Students Returning for Sophomore Year

PayScale, July 17, 2014
The rate of first-time college students returning for their sophomore year in 2013 dropped 1.2 percentage points, compared with the entering class of 2009, according to a new report from The National Student Clearinghouse…
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Can Analytics Help Colleges Graduate More Students?

Government Technology, July 16, 2014
Colorado universities send about 20,000 people a year to community colleges because they aren’t ready for college-level math and English. But they’re losing many of these students in the process. “Developmental education has the…
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How Analytics Can Help Colleges Graduate More Students

Center for Digital Education, July 15, 2014
Colorado universities send about 20,000 people a year to community colleges because they aren’t ready for college-level math and English. But they’re losing many of these students in the process. “Developmental education has the…
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How Analytics Can Help Colleges Graduate More Students

TMCnet.com, July 14, 2014
Colorado universities send about 20,000 people a year to community colleges because they aren’t ready for college-level math and English. But they’re losing many of these students in the process “Developmental education has…
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Fewer College Students Returning to School for Second Year; Economy Likely to Blame

Campus Circle, July 11, 2014
As awesome as the first year of college might be for many students, that doesn’t mean all of them are returning to school for a second year. In fact, this is the first time since 2009 that the number of first-time U.S. college…
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Leaving The System

Career College Central, July 11, 2014
The portion of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009, according to a report that looks like bad news for the national college completion push. The findings are…
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