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Research: Community College Pays Off

Campus Technology, April 18, 2017

Earning a two-year degree pays off. Specifically, completing an associate degree yields an average of $4,640 to $7,160 more per year than entering college and not completing a program. So concluded a research project by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, which is a government-funded research center that examines the financial returns on various education pathways. Read more>

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National Student Clearinghouse and iQ4 Place First in Best Practices Competition

PESC, April 17, 2017

The Board of Directors of PESC is pleased to announce iQ4 and the National Student Clearinghouse as 1st Place Winners of PESC’s 18th Annual Best Practices Competition for its submission, “Extending the Capacity of Higher Education to Scale the Output of Verified Workforce-Ready Graduates.” The overall goal of this initiative is “to scale the next generation workforce by accelerating technology risk and cybersecurity skills training,” and is accomplished through a financial, industry-driven coalition, the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA). Read the news>


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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2017

Computer science and engineering are gaining in popularity as undergraduate and graduate courses of study. But in a trend that could further solidify for decades a gender-based earnings gap, men continue to flock to those lucrative disciplines in significantly larger numbers than women.

Nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees earned in the sciences and engineering in the 2015-2016 academic year went to women, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Read the story or our blog.>

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When It Pays to Start at a Community College

Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2017

Starting at a community college is more popular than you might think. Of the students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from U.S. institutions in 2016, 49% had attended a community college, and two-thirds of those did so for three or more terms, according to National Student Clearinghouse data. Read more>

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Senior Class: Back to School at 50+ for Income, Family, Community

New America Media, April 7, 2017

Across the United States, college enrollment has been dropping, although the number of people earning degrees is rebounding after slumping in the wake of the Great Recession. Data from the latest study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released in December shows that 38 percent of adults over age 24 completed college in 2010, a slight increase over 2009. Read more>

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Knocking at the College Door: Understanding and Adapting to Demographic Shifts

The EvoLLLution, April 6, 2017

The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) has released its sixth version of a report that tracks the number of high school graduates in the U.S. WICHE’s report, Knocking at the College Door, provides a useful picture for what college entry will look like over the next 20 years. Read more>

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6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time

The New York Times, April 6, 2017

The longer it takes, the less likely a student is to make it to graduation: A quarter of students drop out after four years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, and most say it’s because of money. Cost, indeed, is a major issue for many families — in-state tuition and fees run $8,940 on average at public institutions, $28,308 at private ones. Many of those who finish in five or six years have either unnecessarily drained their parents’ bank accounts or end up in a lot more debt. Read more>

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Student Debt and Home Buying

Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2017

Federal Reserve Bank of New York study suggests student loans don’t play a major role in limiting borrowers’ ability to buy a home later. The authors examined a sample of individuals born between 1980 and 1986, relying on the National Student Clearinghouse and a Federal Reserve Bank of New York database that contains longitudinal information about consumer debt and credit. Read more>

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George Mason, NOVA Partner to Help Students to Four-Year Degree

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, April 3, 2017

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to announce a groundbreaking partnership to assist students as they transfer from a two-year program and earn a four-year undergraduate degree. Read more>

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Electronic transcripts to ease student, counselor burden

(Memphis) Commercial Appeal, March 31, 2017

A new tool from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission aims to ease guidance counselor’s workload when it comes to helping students apply to college. The Electronic Transcript Exchange means guidance counselors can quickly submit students’ transcripts to colleges, and students can track the delivery of their documents to their hopeful future school. Read more

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Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

Government Executive, March 28, 2017

Tracking student outcomes through and after post-secondary education allows agencies and organizations to generate reliable evidence about how well their programs work and whether the results justify the costs. By embedding an evaluation into an existing program and using existing data through the National Student Clearinghouse, the researchers were able to demonstrate—inexpensively, in terms of research costs—that Bottom Line is producing effects that appear to justify its substantial program cost. Ongoing research will continue to inform this benefit-cost calculation. This strategy is being used by Bottom Line, an intensive college advising program that operates in Massachusetts, New York, and Chicago. Read more>

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Rochester’s Career Center using data to connect students, employers

University of Rochester News Center, March 23, 2017

The University of Rochester has good news about undergraduate alumni who earned their degrees between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. A survey put out by the University’s Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, along with data from other sources, showed that:

  • The average salary is $56,000.
  • Ninety percent are either working or continuing their education.
  • They’ve been hired by major companies like Apple, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, General Motors, and Google.

“We’re very pleased with the results,” says Vanessa Newton, director of assessment data and operations at the Career Center. “It really says a lot about the University of Rochester.”

She compiles her data by sending surveys to recent University graduates, consulting with faculty and staff, gathering information supplied by the National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit organization that tracks data on graduates who are continuing their education), and checking student profiles on LinkedIn. Read more>


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Survey Says: College Presidents Concerned About Transparency

New America, March 15, 2017

As mandated by Congress, the Department of Education collects graduation rates for first-time (i.e., non-transfer or returning), full-time enrollees only. But at public four-year institutions, 27 percent of students are part-time; and at public two-year institutions, it’s more than 60 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. And with a larger proportion of older students, as well, the completion rates for first-time, full-time students may not be representative of the student population at many public institutions. The Department recently created another alternative, requiring institutions to begin reporting data that include cohorts of part-time and non-first-time students; once those data are published, it may help to mitigate some of these concerns for public college presidents. Read more>

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Charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem: Few students go on to earn college degrees

USA Today, March 14, 2017

Recent findings suggest that attending a charter school will likely push students toward attending a four-year college, but the most comprehensive research so far, from the high school class of 2008, (according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center) put the six-year college completion rate for charter high school students at just 23% for four-year colleges. Another 5% earned degrees from two-year colleges. Researchers cautioned that the sample size was small, however, and subject to “higher variance and uncertainty” than the much larger group of district high school graduates. Read more>

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Visualizing the Many Routes Community College Students Take to Complete a Bachelor’s Degree

Community College Research Center, March 13, 2017

By John Fink

Last year, Davis Jenkins and I released a report showing that too few students who start at a community college are able to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree. We tracked a cohort of about 720,000 entering, degree-seeking community college students and found that only about 100,000, or 14 percent, completed a bachelor’s degree within six years. Transfer research by CCRC and others, including work on bachelor’s-aspiring community college entrants, institutional transfer performance, two- and four-year college partnerships, and credit-transfer efficiency, is shedding more light on why so few community college entrants transfer and complete bachelor’s degrees. Read more>


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Vermont 4-H’ers Attend College at Higher Than Average Rates, According to UVM Analysis

University of Vermont, March 10, 2017

Vermonters who participate in 4-H attend college at higher rates than average, according to an assessment of student data conducted by the University of Vermont. The UVM assessment was based on student data collected by the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Good news for college applicants: Getting in is easier than they think

Hechinger Report, March 8, 2017

As selective as they’d like prospective students to believe they are, colleges and universities have been watching enrollment decline for five years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Last year alone, it dropped 1.4 percent, or by about 270,000 students, at institutions nationwide, the center’s executive research director, Doug Shapiro, said. Read more>

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Education chief: Kansas needs to double college attainment rate

Associated Press, March 8, 2017

Citing a report from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, The state of Kansas, Education Commissioner Randy Watson Watson said that by 2020, 71 percent of the jobs in Kansas will require some level of post-secondary education. But according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks post-secondary enrollment and progress nationwide, only about 65 percent of Kansas students who graduated in 2010 enrolled in college the following year. And six years after graduation, fewer than 40 percent had earned any kind of degree or training certificate.

Do you see already the issue that the State Board of Education is wrestling with? Watson asked. If only 65 percent start, and we need 70 to 75 percent, we already have a gap. Read more>

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Guest Column: College education doesn’t have to be one-size-fits all

Baraboo News Republic, March 7, 2017

By Cathy Sandeen is chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension

A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that today nearly half of the four-year college graduates nationally started at a two-year college. It’s no longer the alternative path to a college education, but the launch many see as the best way to start a four-year degree. Read more>

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Ohio State President Touts Education Opportunities at OSU-Mansfield

Richland Source, March 3, 2017

“Regional campuses do a wonderful job of providing access to students from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances around Ohio,” said Dr. Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University. Ohio State Mansfield in particular has had exceptional retention and graduation rates over the past few years. In a National Student Clearinghouse study of students who started college between 2007 and 2009, 85 percent of students who started at OSU-Mansfield were retained or graduated from a 2- or 4-year institution within six years. Read more>

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