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Rising S.C. College Grad Rates an Encouraging Sign

The Post and Courier, March 18, 2013
Graduating from college is important. Graduating from college in four or even six years is more important still. And newly released findings from The Chronicle of Higher Education and the National Student Clearinghouse show that…
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UNL’s Six-Year Graduation Rate Exceeds National Average

Daily Nebraskan, March 12, 2013
A little more than half of first-time college students graduate within six years, according to a new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. It found that of the 1.9 million students enrolled in all…
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College Matriculation, Graduation Rates Still Low

Yale Daily News, March 8, 2013
Just over one month after Mayor John DeStefano Jr., in his State of the City address, cited increasing college attendance and graduation rates as one of the main goals of his last year in office, a November report released…
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23% Of HS Grads Finished College Within 6 Years

New Haven Independent, March 7, 2013
New data detail the scope of a problem on which the city’s school reform drive has yet to make progress: Many kids either don’t enroll in college or end up dropping out. The data emerged in reports from the National Student…
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Nearly Half of First-Time College Students Don’t Graduate in Six Years

Slate, February 27, 2013
Just over half—or 54.1 percent, to be exact—of first-time college students starting school in 2006 graduated within six years. That’s according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The full report…
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College Completion: Where Students End Up

SayCampusLife, February 27, 2013
Students that begin their education at one college or university may end up completing it at another one, with some choosing an entirely different geographic destination to achieve their scholarly goals. In some states, including…
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Community-College Grads Out-Earn Bachelor’s Degree Holders

The Hechinger Report, February 26, 2013
Berevan Omer graduated on a Friday in February with an associate’s degree from Nashville State Community College and started work the following Monday in his new job as a computer-networking engineer at a local television station…
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Big Real-Estate Firms Are Going to School

The Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2013
Housing for college students, long dominated by small players willing to put up with beer pong and raucous parties, is attracting some of the biggest names in real-estate development. Lennar Corp., one of the nation’s largest home…
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Only Half of First-Time College Students Graduate in 6 Years

The New York Times, February 26, 2013
As we’ve covered here many times before, there is an abundance of evidence showing that going to college is worth it. But that’s really only true if you go to college and then graduate, and the United States is doing a terrible job of…
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New State-by-State Completion Data

Inside Higher Ed, February 26, 2013
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center today released a state-by-state rundown of graduation data, which is based on a broad sample representing about 97 percent of students who attend public and private nonprofit institutions…
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Community College Grads Out-Earn Bachelor’s Degree Holders

CNN Money, February 26, 2013
Berevan Omer graduated on a Friday in February with an associate’s degree from Nashville State Community College and started work the following Monday as a computer-networking engineer at a local television station, making about…
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Graduation Rates: Southern States See Biggest Improvements

Education Week, February 25, 2013
For important news on graduation rates across the country, check out my colleague Caralee Adams’ blog post today about the latest “Building a Grad Nation” report, which tracks the country’s progress toward having 90 percent of its high…
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Enrollment Slows Nationally

University Business, February 1, 2013
It had been predicted for years and now it looks like it is finally coming to pass. No, not the Mayan calendar apocalypse. After years of steep increases, higher education enrollments are slowing, almost across the board. In…
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A Million Strong: Helping Them Through

The New York Times, February 1, 2013
The class was humanities, the book under discussion Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Suddenly an alarm blared and 20 students, some calm and some not, filed out of the makeshift classroom. Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan was…
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Blind Data: Driving Youth Outcomes Through Evaluation

The Huffington Post, January 31, 2013
Unemployment rate. College drop-out rate. Program retention and attrition. It’s easy to get lost in the expanding world of numbers and figures. At Urban Alliance, we make sure to focus on the right data so our youth don’t end up being…
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VA to Begin Tracking Veteran Grad Rates

Military.com, January 18, 2013
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is enabling hundreds of thousands of recent Veterans to obtain the education they need for success during and after their military service. Unfortunately, it is challenging to determine program…
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GI Bill: No Data On Graduation Rates Confuses Program’s Benefit, Efficiency

The Huffington Post, January 10, 2013
The federal government has spent more than $20 billion helping 817,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan go to college. Yet, nine months after President Obama signed an executive order directing the Veterans Administration,…
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It’s back to school time — but one in four freshmen now starts in January

The Hechinger Report, January 8, 2013
When she graduated from her high school in Pittsburgh last spring, Mikaela Molstre didn’t follow her classmates to college. She went to Africa instead and worked in an orphanage. That convinced her that she wanted to become a social…
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Do Veterans Graduate?

Inside Higher Ed, January 8, 2013
Relatively little is known about the academic performance of student veterans, a growing and politically important segment of American higher education. But graduation and retention rate data may be on the way, thanks to a new…
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Veterans’ Graduation Rates Are Focus of New Partnership

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 5, 2013
The graduation rates of veterans attending colleges under the GI Bill will soon become available to the public, thanks to a new collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Student Clearinghouse, and…
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