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States Aim to Boost College Graduation Rates

USA Today, June 18, 2014
States with large rural populations are launching strategies to encourage more kids to go to college by making it easier to earn college credit while they’re still in high school. This spring, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert…
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Colleges Try to Speed up Pace at Which Students Earn Degrees

The Hechinger Report, June 18, 2014
In the year since they graduated together, Daranie Ounchaidee still runs into a lot of her friends from high school. After all, they ended up commuting to the same community college, where those classmates stopped…
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University of Maryland Participates in National Student Achievement Measure Project

Digital Journal, June 17, 2014
The University of Maryland recently signed up to participate in the Student Achievement Measure (SAM)—a web-based graduation rate tracking initiative that launched last year. In addition to tracking full-time…
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This Program Improved College Graduation Rates. So Why Was It Abandoned?

Time, June 3, 2014
By the time Leah Stone got her bachelor’s degree this spring from New Jersey’s Montclair State University, her four-year higher education had stretched to six years. It would have taken even longer had she not been able to…
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5 Facts About Today’s College Graduates

Digital Journal, May 30, 2014
Graduation season is in full swing, but what do we really know about all those fresh-faced young adults in black robes — what they actually studied, what their chances are of landing a decent job, how they’ll look back on…
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Hundreds Of Colleges And Universities Have Openings For Freshmen

Career College Central, May 27, 2014
There are still plenty of slots in respected colleges and universities three weeks after the May 1 deadline for students to accept offers from selective schools. The National Association for College Admission and Counseling…
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Colleges Where Our Veterans Succeed

Examiner, May 26, 2014
Despite the very real challenges they face transitioning to civilian life, veterans are putting up some amazing college completion numbers. In fact, they are earning degrees at rates that aren’t very different from the rates of…
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From Combat Gear to Cap and Gown

The Hill, May 22, 2014
The end of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars is driving a boom in higher education as returning veterans seek college degrees using their federal benefits. College enrollment among veterans grew 67 percent from 2009-2012…
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Hundreds of Colleges and Universities Have Openings for Freshmen

The Washington Post, May 21, 2014
So you didn’t get into the first, second or third college of your choice. No worries, say a chorus of admissions officers. There are still plenty of slots in respected colleges and universities three weeks after the May 1 deadline…
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Nearing the Bottom

Inside Higher Education, May 15, 2014
The decline in overall college enrollment has slowed this spring, according to new data the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today. And some details are emerging about the groups of students who…
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Enrollment Drops 0.8% Over All, but Edges Up at Private 4-Year Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2014
Enrollment at American colleges dipped this spring for the third year in a row as older students returned to an improving job market, but private four-year colleges bucked the trend with a slight uptick in their numbers…
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New Report Shows College Transfer Rates Within Academic Year Down Slightly

Education Week, May 7, 2014
The number of college students who transfer from one school to another within a year appears to be stabilizing. A new report out Tuesday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reveals 9.1 percent of…
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Vets Want Class Credit For Military Skills

Time, May 6, 2014
A growing number of military veterans are wondering why they don’t get class credit for the skills they acquired in uniform. As their numbers increase with the war in Afghanistan winding down, states are questioning if vets are…
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Students Keep Swirling

Community College Daily, May 6, 2014
Community college students continue to be the most mobile students in higher education, according to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). According to a new NCS “Snapshot Report” looking at mobility among college…
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The Growing Pains of Expanded Completion Efforts

Community College Daily, April 22, 2014
A few years ago, administrators at Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) in Washington started a program to improve completion rates. They identified students who were closing in on graduation and invited them to…
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TRACKING TRENDS : College Students Bypassing Degrees On Purpose

The Hechinger Report, April 14, 2014
Kevin Floerke has been down this route before. A student at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California, Floerke, 26 years old, already graduated in 2010 from UCLA, where he majored in archaeology. This time…
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Students From Rural Areas Less Likely to Go to Four-Year Colleges, Top Universities

Education Week, April 11, 2014
Students in rural counties are less likely to attend college, and those who do are less likely to choose a four-year, private, or highly selective institution, according to a recent report. Andrew Koricich, an assistant professor of…
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Counselors Push High School Students to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

The Washington Post, April 10, 2014
Seniors at Alexandria’s T.C. Williams High School offered such reasoning this week to explain why they had not filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the main form prospective students use to gain federal…
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College Students Often Move Before Graduating, Study Finds

Army Times, April 3, 2014
Today’s mobile college students are switching schools not just within their state, but outside of it. A recently released report found that 6 percent of students who started at a four-year college and completed their degree did…
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Job Market Returns for Community College Remain High

Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2014
The labor market returns for associate degrees remained strong throughout the recession, according to newly released research from the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment (CAPSEE). Students…
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