Big Ideas for Small Business, April 26, 2016
As a general rule, it’s not illegal for an employer to do a background check (other than medical or genetic history). Thus, under federal law employers can check a job applicant’s work history, education, criminal record, financial history, and social media postings. You can check an applicant’s education claims as part of an overall background search. A separate check can be made through the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more >
Westfair Communications, April 14, 2016
Westchester Community College has partnered with Manhattanville College and The College of New Rochelle in an attempt to ease the process of transferring from its two-year programs to four-year degrees. That brings the school’s total partnerships to 10.
In its 2014-19 strategic plan, WCC specifically noted a goal to both increase the number of students transferring after graduation and the “transfer pathways” for students to follow. Nearly 50 percent of the students who completed a degree at four-year institutions in the 2013-14 academic year had enrolled at a two-year institution at some point, according to a May 2015 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more >
The Diane Rehm Show, April 14, 2016
Today’s college graduates are taking longer to find a job and settle into a career. High levels of student debt add to the challenge. Hear some of the nation’s experts discuss navigating the transition from college to the workforce. Listen to this radio interview of:
Jeffrey Selingo regular contributor on higher education, the Washington Post; author, “There is Life After College: What Parents And Students Should Know About Navigating School To Prepare For The Jobs Of Tomorrow”
Anthony Carnevale director and research professor, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University
Kristen Hamilton CEO and co-founder, Koru
Andy Chan vice president for innovation and career development, Wake Forest University
“According to the National Student Clearinghouse, there are many more people in their 20s than in any other age group right now, who have some college credit and no degree. So we’re sending all of these people to college and they’re leaving before they have a degree. And if you look at any employment ad, nobody ever says, some college credit, no degree necessary. Right?” said Jeff Selingo.
The Miami Student, April 8, 2016
Patrick Carroll designs his own board games. He plays the bassoon, electric bass and multiple percussion instruments. He was a street performer and stand-up comedian, is head tutor at the Rinella Learning Center and, like many undergraduates, does not know what he wants to do after finishing his bachelor’s degree in physics. Carroll is 31 years old.
Although they may seem unusual, “nontraditional” students like Carroll are more common than some may think. According to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, over a third of current college students are over 25. Read more >
The New York Times, April 5, 2016
There are 12.5 million 20-somethings with some college credits and no degree, by far the largest share of the 31 million adults who leave college short of a degree, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. In many ways, these young adults are no better off financially than high-school graduates who never attempted college at all. Employers, after all, don’t advertise they want “some college.” They want a degree. Read more >
KHTV, April 1, 2016
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new study titled College Count$ demonstrates that low-income students who have participated in the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) earn associate degrees or technical certificates at more than double the rate of the general community college population in Arkansas. The findings are especially significant considering that students who participate in CPI must qualify for public assistance, live at 250 percent or less of the poverty level and support a family as a custodial parent.
Additionally, the College Count$ results show that CPI students outperform Community College students nationally. According to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 39 percent of students nationwide enrolled at a two-year public college in 2008 completed an associate degree or certificate by 2014. In comparison, 62 percent of CPI students who enrolled at an Arkansas community college in 2008 completed at least one degree or certificate by 2013 – a rate more than 50 percent higher than the national average for the community college student body. Read more >
EducationDive, April 1, 2016
Fully one-third of all students transfer before graduating with a degree. According to the National Clearinghouse Research Center, 14.6% of all 2014 bachelor’s degree recipients started their studies in a state different from the one in which they graduated.
CNBC, March 28, 1016
Nationally, the college completion rate fell to about 52 percent of students from 56 percent over the past three years at both public and private four-year institutions, while college enrollment has also declined overall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
“What we are seeing is that there is a growing variety in the kinds of pathways students take,” said Jason DeWitt, the research manager at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more >
AACRAO, March 23, 2016
By the end of May, the first stage of a revamped veterans’ compliance reporting system should be ready, according to presenters at AACRAO’s 2016 Annual Meeting—and that new system is promising to be a “near-term ecosystem win,” said Rick Torres, president and CEO of National Student Clearinghouse and moderator for the panel discussion that included expert school administration and student veteran representatives. Read more>
Catalyst Chicago, March 21, 2016
In 2004, under the administration of Arne Duncan, Chicago became one of the first districts to contract with the National Student Clearinghouse to find out how many CPS June graduates had actually enrolled in college the following fall. The disappointing baseline number—just 43 percent—lent urgency to the effort to improve.
By 2012, the Chicago Public School college enrollment rate was approaching 60 percent, within striking distance of the national average of 63 percent. A national expert on higher education described the change in Chicago as “one of the miracles of my lifetime.” Read more >
Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2016
Last month, the National Student Clearinghouse, a trusted source of information on educational outcomes, said Illinois public universities rank best in the nation in completion rates for part-time students and for adult learners, defined as those who start college later than the age of 24. Overall, 87 percent of full-time students at Illinois public universities graduate within six years, 7 percentage points higher than the national average, the clearinghouse said. Read more >
Community College Daily, March 10, 2016
New data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center yield mixed results for community college students. Community colleges appear to be doing a good job helping students transfer and succeed at four-year institutions as well as training students for jobs. Where they seem to miss their target is increasing the number of students who are earning their first college credential. Read more >
The Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2016
College attainment continues to climb, but not among all age groups. And a growing share of those earning undergraduate degrees had prior degrees or certificates. Those are the two big findings in research released this week by the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit that collects student data from colleges and universities. Read more >
Texas A&M International University, March 8, 2016
A new transcript ordering system at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will dramatically cut wait times for official University transcripts from days to minutes.
“This new service automates much of what was previously a manual system that was just as frustrating for employees as it was for students who were unfairly inconvenienced,” explained TAMIU Registrar Juan G. García. Read more >
Denver Post, February, 24, 2016
According to a special report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, a third of students end up transferring to other colleges or universities. Some of these students are transferring from community colleges, but many are also moving from one four-year school to another. New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that 37.2 percent of college students transfer at least once within six years. Read more>
AACRAO Blog, FEB. 24, 2016
A national initiative to streamline the veterans compliance reporting process is underway. The reporting and certification requirements can be complex and can require significant work on behalf of veterans and schools; as such a number of registrars and other stakeholders have begun to discuss ways in which the certification and recertification process could be done more efficiently and cost-effectively. Read more >
The Ithacan, February 17, 2016
Ithaca College’s transfer system works to help students transferring from two-year community colleges graduate in four-years. Read more >
MLive, February 15, 2016
Slightly more than 37 percent of young adults who graduated from a Michigan public high school in 2008 completed a post-secondary program by summer 2015, according to new state data. Read more >
Inside Higher Ed, February 8, 2016
College completion rates have stagnated, and lower-income students in particular face long odds of getting to graduation. Two new studies, however, show that low-income students can graduate at high rates when they receive financial and academic supports from external groups. Read more >
Diverse Issues in Higher Education, February 2, 2016
The regularly reports on many of the things that the Gates Foundation report calls for, such as part-time and transfer student completion rates. Read more>