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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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College Completions Rates Remain at Last Year’s Pace

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 21, 2013
Despite aggressive efforts to push more students through to the finish line, college-completion rates remained unchanged this year, with 54 percent of those entering college for the first time in 2007 earning a degree or…
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Science, Engineering Degrees Grew Twice as Fast as Others, Report Says

U.S. News & World Report, November 21, 2013
Efforts to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees may be starting to sink into students’ minds, according to new data released by the National Student Clearinghouse. The…
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Overrating Graduating?

The Huffington Post, November 20, 2013
An interesting report from Slate.com takes aim at a growing focus on graduation rates as an indicator of a successful college. I have been very vocal about the many reasons students attend a community college and that…
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Science and Engineering Degrees Are On the Rise

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 19, 2013
The number of science and engineering bachelor’s degree completed in the United States has climbed 19 percent over the last five years, more than double the 9-percent growth rate for other disciplines, according to studies…
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Colleges Adjust to Shrinking Enrollments

Worcester Business Journal Online, November 11, 2013
If there’s one industry that benefited from the Great Recession, it’s higher education. Faced with tougher competition for jobs, more people enrolled in colleges and universities to finish or obtain more advanced…
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2-Year Colleges Get Strategic About Enrollment

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 11, 2013
Students packed community colleges during the recession, as enrollment hit a historic high. Many campuses saw annual growth of more than 10 percent…
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