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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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2013 Influence List: Honorable Mentions

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 9, 2013
With all the change and debate in higher education this year, we had more than enough candidates for our list of the 10 most influential people. Here are some runners-up. Who do you think had the most influence on higher…
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High School Notes – Hook High School Girls on STEM

U.S. News and World Report, November 25, 2013
“Girls. That’s all we really need is girls.” So says GoldieBlox, a toy company, using a new riff on the classic Beastie Boys song. “Girls: To build the spaceship. To code the new app. To grow up knowing that they can…
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U.S. Science and Engineering Degrees Increase

Science, November 25, 2013
The number of students receiving bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering fields is growing faster than in other fields, reports the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Since 2009, science and engineering…
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State of the ‘North Star’ Goal

Politico – Morning Education, November 25, 2013
THE STATE OF THE ‘NORTH STAR’ GOAL: The National Student Clearinghouse gave a preview of its upcoming second annual report on college completion rates, which again finds that dropout rates are lower than other national…
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Enrollment Matters: Keys to a More Effective Enrollment Strategy

University Business, November 22, 2013
It is a given these days for enrollment managers to be well aware of the national, regional, and state high school graduation demographic trends that shape the U.S. higher education landscape. The eighth edition of…
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Signature 13 Report Tracking Transfer: Measures of Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students to Complete Bachelor's Degrees