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Does It Pay to Start at Community College? Maybe

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 9, 2016

Many students want to cut the cost of a four-year college education by going to community college first. But what many students and families may not realize is that successfully transitioning from a two-year college to a four-year one and graduating in a timely fashion can be a challenge—and unless students can accomplish that, they may not reap the full return on their investment in education. Here’s how to do it right. Read more>

Stackable Credentials Meet the Needs of Students and Society

The Evolllution, September 7, 2016

In the wake of the Great Recession, a number of “truths” higher education leaders took to be self-evident are disappearing. Students no longer fit into the traditional 18- 22-year-old demographic. Students no longer see their postsecondary education as a one-time affair. Doug Shapiro shares his thoughts on these frameworks and reflects on the value of stackable credentials for students and for the economy. Read more>

Future of credential evaluation – Digital data, networks

University World News, September 2, 2016

With nearly five million study abroad students worldwide and millions of refugees escaping conflict or in search of a better life, international credential evaluation has never been more important, says evaluation expert Margaret Wenger. Today digital data is transforming the field, speeding up evaluation and supporting student mobility – but there are challenges. Read more>

Students have misaligned expectations

Community College Daily, Aug. 23, 2016

Students are overly optimistic about how long it will take to graduate. The CCCSE survey reported 61 percent of students think they will be able to finish community college in two years or less. That clashes with data from the National Student Clearinghouse that found only 39 percent of first-time-in-college students complete an associate degree or certificate within six years. Read more>

Chesterton lessens college anxiety among seniors

The Northwest Indiana Times, Aug. 21, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, 70 percent of the students at Chesterton High School enroll enroll in a two- or four- college or university. This data helped us develop programs and activities to meet the needs of our students. Read more>

Statewide Effort of All Ohio Community Colleges Will Improve and Accelerate Student Completion

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, Aug. 18, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 39 percent of community college students complete a degree or certificate within six years. There are many initiatives currently underway to improve that number, and one of the most promising is guided pathways. Read more>

The real crisis in higher education is about a lot more than debt

The Washington Post, August 11, 2016

Earning a college degree can be a pathway to higher wages and better employment opportunities, but for those who fail to graduate, those prospects quickly fade. And at a time when a majority of students finance their education with loans, dropping out of school comes with greater risks. Read more>

USC hosts ‘boot camp’ for military veterans aimed at easing culture shock of college life

Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2016

At USC, the Warrior-Scholar Project aims to help veterans hone academic and social skills that may be lacking or forgotten, dissuading many from considering a top-tier school. Read more>

Arkansas Initiative Shows Results in Aiding Needy Students

Community College Week, July 27, 2017

The national statistics are disheartening. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, only 39 percent of community college students across the country who enrolled in 2008 had earned a degree or technical certificate by 2014. But something remarkable is happening in Arkansas. Read more>

How to focus on education while serving

Military1, July 26, 2016

It is important to decide upon a degree path and stick to it as best as possible. Military life happens and career and educational goals change, but you can’t finish your education if the end goal is a moving target. Read more>

Is Transferring to Two-Year Colleges a Good Option for Struggling Four-Year Students?

The Evolllution, July 21, 2016

For struggling four-year students who wish to complete a college degree, one option is to transfer from a four-year to two-year (4–2) institution. Nationally, 16 percent of students who initially enroll at a four-year institution transfer to a two-year college. Read more>

UAB, Jefferson State partnership expands to include reverse-transfer agreement

UAB News, July 20, 2016

A partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Jefferson State Community College has expanded to include an agreement allowing UAB credits to count toward an associate’s degree at Jefferson State. Read more>

Despite tuition hike, university still worth it on one condition

OU Daily, July 20, 2016

Investing in a university education pays off in the long run, so despite the announced tuition increase, it is still in the interest of students to pursue a higher education. It is in even greater interest, however, for them to complete a degree — especially for those who take out loans. Read more>

Enrollment numbers can mean a lot to universities

The Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 18, 2016

The more and better students an institution can enroll, the more it can claim a level of prestige. And if the numbers of applicants increase – because of the perceived prestige – institutions become more selective in admissions. This, in turn, increases retention and graduation rates. And those numbers are becoming more and more important when time comes to demonstrate educational effectiveness. Read more>

How generation Z females could be the answer to tech’s gender diversity problem

TechCrunch, July 17, 2016

The proportion of female students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) university courses has traditionally been very low, and, according to the National Student Clearinghouse, it is getting worse. 2014 figures show just 18 percent of computer science bachelor degrees and 19 percent of engineering degrees held by women. In subjects such as biology and social sciences, we start to see the tables turn, with a larger proportion of females. Read more>

Michigan is a National Front Runner in Reporting Postsecondary Data

Michigan.gov, July 12, 2016

Michigan reported postsecondary success rates for its public universities and community colleges for the first time today using a new and improved methodology developed by the state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI). CEPI began collecting student-level data in 2009-2010 via the Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository and the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker. This is the first cohort with six years of available data. Read more>

High rate of Washington community-college grads go on to earn 4-year degree

Seattle Times, July 12, 2016

Washington ranks fifth among the states in the percentage of students who received an associate degree, then went on to get a bachelor’s degree, according to a recent study by National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

Mapping Pathways to Attainment: Certificates Offer More Than Meets the Eye

The EvoLLLution, July 11, 2016

Non-traditional students make up the bulk of today’s student population, but we know very little about them, and even less about their motivations and typical pathways to credentials. In this interview, Doug Shapiro reflects on recent research by the National Student Clearinghouse that sheds some light on the pathway these students take to degree completion, and shares his thoughts on the massive impact that some postsecondary engagement can have on overall degree attainment. Read more>

‘Passport’ for Transfer

Inside Higher Education, July 5, 2016

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), professors and academic leaders from seven western states have rolled out an “interstate passport” to help students transfer across state lines without losing credits for what they learn in general education courses.Through a partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse, registrars and institutional researchers at participating colleges will be able to follow the academic progress of their former, passport-holding students and use Clearinghouse data to see if an incoming student has earned a passport. Read the IHE article and blog authored by Cathy Walker WICHE’s Passport Project Manager.

More Buffalo grads going to college through Say Yes

The Buffalo News, July 2, 2016

Say Yes to Education rode into Buffalo four years ago offering hope to a poor city and its struggling school district with the promise of free college tuition for students who graduate from high school. A closer look at the data from Say Yes and the National Student Clearinghouse, which collects enrollment data from colleges and universities, provides a clearer picture of this new college-going culture in Buffalo. Read more >

Signature 14 Completing College: A National View of Student Completion Rates – Fall 2011 Cohort