Forbes, Dec. 8, 2016
A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center bears a bit of good news: college graduation rates are up. Of students starting college in fall 2010, 54.8% have now finished—up 1.9 percentage points from the prior year’s cohort. (Isn’t it depressing that a 55% graduation rate is good news?) While the numbers are improving, they also mask wide variation in graduation rates for different demographic groups. Some people, particularly older college-goers, are earning their credentials at much lower rates. Read more in Forbes>
FiveThirtyEight, Dec. 8, 2016
When Ed Morneault returned to college in 2011, two months before his 40th birthday, he didn’t just want a bachelor’s degree — he wanted a raise and a promotion. Morneault, who works as a facilities manager for the U.S. Army outside of Baltimore, first went to college immediately after high school but dropped out to join the Marine Corps. He stopped and started school multiple times, taking courses all around the world but never earning a degree. This time, though, Morneault was determined to finish…Read more>
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016
The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this month said the six-year completion rate grew to 54.8 percent, an increase of roughly two percentage points over the previous year. While those tepid improvements aren’t all that exciting, the numbers are moving in the right direction as college enrollments have slid, largely due to the collapse of for-profit higher education and the gradual economic recovery since the recession. Read more>
The Hechinger Report, Dec. 5, 2016
Graduation rates have begun to rebound after falling, and while the most recent figures still are short of pre-decline levels, analysts expect them to continue their slow rise. Read the story>
Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2016
According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Signature Report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2010 Cohort, recent declines in the overall national six-year completion rates have reversed and are now on an upward trajectory. Read the Inside Higher Ed story.
Cincinnati.com, Nov. 26, 2016
By Beverly Davenport, interim president of the University of Cincinnati, and Greg Crawford, president of Miami University
By 2020, 64 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require postsecondary education. Now, more than ever, we want parents, teenagers and elected officials to know how profoundly important college-educated citizens are to our state’s well-being. Read more >
Hechinger Report, Nov. 22, 2016
The proportion of students who transfer is at record levels. More than two-thirds who earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions today have changed colleges at least once, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which estimates that an average of about 342,000 students change school each year.
Some policymakers also can’t believe that universities and colleges still haven’t worked out a way of accepting each others’ credits, a problem that wastes $6 billion a year in tuition, the National College Transfer Center estimates, and is a little-noticed but major reason students go deep into debt or never graduate. Read more in The Hechinger Report>
Mississippi Public Universities, Nov. 17, 2016
Almost 300,000 Mississippians who attended a public university or community college within the past 15 years have completed some college without earning a degree. Mississippi Public Universities announced the launch of Complete 2 Compete, a new initiative designed to reach out to former students and help them complete their degrees.
“Economic development is driven by a skilled, educated workforce,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “This partnership will ensure Mississippi remains attractive to business and industry looking for a favorable tax climate and a workforce ready to excel on day one. I am grateful to everyone involved in making it a reality.” Read the press release>
MeriTalk, Nov. 17, 2016
From 2010 to 2020, STEM-related employment is projected to increase by 16 percent to more than 8.5 million jobs, according to the White House Council on Women and Girls. As early as 2018, the United States faces a skills shortage of 230,000 STEM employees, explains a CBS News report.
Google, Nov. 16, 2016
Our latest research shows that students who attend community colleges on the way to computer science bachelor’s degrees encounter many challenges and obstacles along the way. But there are many ways for community colleges and four-year colleges to work together and with industry to remove these obstacles and support students seeking to transfer into computer science majors. Read more>
National College Access Network, Nov. 16, 2016
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s (NSCRC) fourth annual High School Benchmarks Report, released recently, examines the enrollment, persistence and completion outcomes of students across the country. These reports provide useful figures against which NCAN members can compare their student outcomes, especially when used in conjunction with data from NCAN’s Benchmarking Project. Read more>
Military Times, Nov. 11, 2016
Several years ago, Student Veterans of America embarked on the Million Records Project in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse to get the data and produce research on how today’s student veterans have fared. What we learned is that student veterans are excelling. But we wanted to know more.
Our forthcoming research project, the National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST), has compiled and analyzed the successes of nearly 1 million student veterans and shows how much they are achieving in higher education. Read more>
Alabama Today, Nov. 10, 2016
Officials of the Alabama Community College System and public universities across the state announced a new agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from four-year institutions back to a two-year institution in order to complete a degree.
“Many people understand that you can take courses at community colleges, transfer those credits to a university, and apply them toward a four-year degree,” said Jimmy Baker, acting chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. “Our new agreement makes it possible for students to transfer credits in the other direction, too, helping them to attain a recognized credential they can use in the workplace or as they further their education.” Read more>
New company hopes to increase number of community college transfers by offering a marketplace for students
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 8, 2016
A new public benefit corporation is hoping to ease the transfer process for community college students and drive four-year institutions to compete for these students. The Affordable College Public Benefit Corporation is a network, marketplace and app that helps students transfer from community colleges with more credits to the university that fits their career and degree goals.
While most community college students interested in transfer are place bound, nearly one in five students who started at a two-year institution transfer across state lines, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>
Chief Learning Officer, Nov. 7, 2016
The booming market of nontraditional and continuing education is filled with many people who are now working toward degrees because they got sidetracked earlier in their studies. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, in 2012, nearly 40 percent of all postsecondary students were adult learners, 25 years of age or older. That age range likely hasn’t changed much. From my experience helping institutions of higher education, many of these adult learners, or non-traditional students, likely didn’t succeed in their first try at college and have come back to try again. Read more>
Community College Daily, Nov. 3, 2016
While 80 percent of community college students say they plan to transfer to a four-year school, most never do. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported last year that only 15.1 percent of students who began community college in 2009 graduated from a four-year college within six years. More must be done to give community college students pathways to the bachelor’s degrees they want and are supremely capable of earning. Read more>
Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Nov. 3, 2016
According to recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse, community college students who transfer without having first completed an associate degree are less likely to get a bachelor’s degree than students who graduate from the community college first—56 percent versus 72 percent degree completion, respectively.
Sarah Hubbell, director of admissions, records and registration at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, said, Reverse Transfer can change that and help eliminate some of the risk for students in the process. “Students who receive their associate degree are more likely to finish their bachelor’s degree, increase their earning power, and improve their employment probabilities by showing competency and a dedication to finishing an educational milestone,” Hubbell said. Read more>
Lawndale News, Nov. 3, 2016
The Chicago Star Scholarship program has successfully retained students with 86 percent of Star Scholars enrolled last fall returning to City Colleges for the fall 2016 term, suggesting that students enrolled in this program are highly likely to persist in their coursework toward a degree.
This rate is nearly double the national fall-to-fall retention rate for two-year public college students, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s most recent report which found that just 48.5 percent of students return to the same institution within the same fall-to-fall semester time period. Read more>
The Greeley Tribune, Oct. 28, 2016
Among AVID students who graduate high school, more than 90 percent completed four-year college requirements, are accepted into at least one four-year college or university or plan to pursue post-secondary education. Although data is limited on college persistence year-to-year, 76 percent of 2012 AVID graduates persisted to their second year of college, a number greater than the national average, according to National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Oct. 28, 2016
Despite the increased emphasis placed in recent years on the importance of obtaining a college degree, deep disparities between rich and poor, minority and White students still persist when it comes to who goes to college as well as who finishes, new college completion figures released Thursday show. Read more>