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Community College Enrollment Falls in Maryland and Virginia, Echoing National Trend

The Washington Post, January 22, 2014
Student enrollment at community colleges in Maryland and Virginia is dropping, following a national trend experts believe is related to the economy. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported that…
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Alaska STEM Advocate Helps Women, Minorities Succeed

Alaska STEM Advocate Helps Women, Minorities Succeed, January 21, 2014
Historically, Native American students in Alaska have been among the lowest-performing in the nation. But one group in the state is seeking to better prepare students for careers in STEM fields through a consistent…
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Texas Takes On Student Outcomes

Inside Higher Ed, January 17, 2014
The University of Texas System on Thursday unveiled an ambitious data tool that gives current and prospective students a wealth of information about how recent graduates like them have fared in the job market. The website…
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U. of Texas Unveils a New Tool for Judging a Degree’s Worth

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 16, 2014
The University of Texas system is posting a new online database on Thursday where current and prospective students can compare the salaries, student-loan debts, and job prospects for people in hundreds of majors and…
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SVA Nearing Release of GI Bill Graduation Rates

Legion, January 8, 2014
Student Veterans of America (SVA) hopes to soon show that the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s $34-billion price tag was worth it. SVA announced at its annual national conference this weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz., that it will soon…
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Community-College Freshmen Get More Direction

The Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2013
A growing number of community colleges are steering students away from the freshman sampler: the smattering of unrelated courses taken by those figuring out what they want to study. Instead, the schools are hoping to boost…
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A College Readiness Tool That Every District Should Use

eSchool News, January 2, 2014
The National Student Clearinghouse is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by the higher-education community to track students who received loans to help pay for college tuition. Graduate schools provide enrollment…
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Cover Story: 2013-Year In Review. College Enrollment Declines.

Community College Week, December 23, 2013
Interest in education technology grew unabated in 2013 as educators and policymakers searched for ways to improve access, boost affordability and promote student success. And no technology commanded more attention…
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Part-Time Students Least Likely to Graduate on Time

USA Today, December 21, 2013
Shannon Belanger was always planning to go back to school, but for nearly a decade, circumstances mandated otherwise: work, a marriage and moving to a new state came first. This fall, she decided it was “now or never.”…
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College Graduation Rates Remain Flat, New Study Finds

Business Administration Information, December 19, 2013
With all the attention and focus on college education by both the government and private sector, college graduate rates have actually stalled, a new study has found. About 56% of students who entered college as…
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New Year Right Time for New Start at College

Daily Herald, December 18, 2013
The popular scene depicted in films, television shows and college marketing materials of the first weeks of college always seem to feature a green, vibrant campus complete with fall foliage. Students laugh and gather…
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How Many College Students Graduate?

CBS News, December 17, 2013
Despite major efforts to improve U.S. college graduation rates, progress appears to have stalled. According to a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, six-year graduation rates for students who…
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Report: More Students Graduate From College Than You Think

WGBH, December 17, 2013
Tracking that number is becoming more important as lawmakers and the Obama administration want to tie university funding to outcomes like college completion rates. Researchers from the National Student Clearinghouse find…
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Study: Just Over Half of Students Complete Degrees

Time, December 16, 2013
Fifty-six percent of all first-time college students who enrolled in fall 2007 earned a degree or certificate within six years, and that figure rose to 78 percent for those who were enrolled exclusively full time, the…
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Report Documents College Completion Rates

Inside Higher Ed, December 16, 2013
Fifty-six percent of all first-time college students who enrolled in fall 2007 earned a degree or certificate within six years, and that figure rose to 78 percent for those who were enrolled exclusively full time, the…
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Study: 4 in 10 Finish College Where They Start

Associated Press, December 16, 2013
Fewer than half of all students who entered college in 2007 finished school where they started, and almost a third are no longer taking classes toward a degree anywhere, according to review released Monday. The dire…
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Ups And Downs

Career College Central, December 12, 2013
After years of rapid enrollment growth, U.S. higher education is settling into a new normal. Two decades of sustained enrollment gains at American high schools have ended, and the overall high school population is now…
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College Enrollment Falls for Second Year in a Row

U.S.News & World Report, December 12, 2013
Overall college enrollment fell for the second year in a row in 2013, from about 20.2 million students in the fall of 2012 to about 19.9 million this year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse…
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Enrollments Slipped This Fall, With For-Profit Sector Hit Hardest

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 2013
Enrollment at American colleges slid slightly this fall as institutions faced a shrinking pool of high-school graduates at the same time that a slowly expanding economy was luring older students back to work, the National…
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A Poverty, Not Education, Crisis in U.S.: Column

USA Today, December 11, 2013
The latest results of the Program for International Student Assessment — which measures the knowledge and skills of 15-year-old students in math, reading and science — were released last week, and once again Finland is near…
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Snapshot, Persistence and Retention Rates