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Philadelphia Futures Highlighted in Benchmarking Case Study Series

National College Access Network, Feb. 14, 2017

The Benchmarking Project is an important collaboration between the National College Access Network and the National Student Clearinghouse that examines college access and success programs’ collective success in helping students to enroll in and complete at postsecondary institutions. To date, the project has found evidence that students served by NCAN members enroll at rates exceeding those of students from low-income high schools and more closely resembling those from higher-income high schools. The Benchmarking Reports have also found that member-served students complete at rates exceeding their low-income peers and approaching the national average. Read more>

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Education commissioner: Kansas isn’t providing enough post-secondary graduates for workforce needs

The Topeka Capital-Journal, Feb. 14, 2017

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson presented board members with data during their monthly meeting in Topeka that shows of the 64.5 percent of the cohort group of Kansas high school students who graduated in 2010 and immediately went to a post-secondary institution, only 24.3 percent graduated in four years, 35.2 percent graduated in five years and 39.3 percent graduated in six years. Read the story>

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The Three Keys to College Persistence

Getting Smart, Feb. 14, 2017

As the buzz around college and career readiness continues, college persistence will receive increased attention and require additional action. While a combination of internal and external factors can influence any individual’s ability to enroll in and persist through college, the current data on college-going culture in the U.S. certainly has areas for improvement. Read about the three keys to college persistence>

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Dissecting data on degree earners

Community College Daily, Feb. 6, 2017

The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree — both associate and bachelor’s degrees — in 2015-16 declined by 1.4 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.The dip was driven primarily by first-time graduates ages 25 and over, who saw a decrease of 7 percent. Many of those older students returned to work before completing a credential as the economy improved and more jobs became available, according to community college advocates. Read more>

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Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required

The New York Times, Jan. 30, 2017

“In our factories, there’s a computer about every 20 or 30 feet,” said Eric Spiegel, who recently retired as president and chief executive of Siemens U.S.A. “People on the plant floor need to be much more skilled than they were in the past. There are no jobs for high school graduates at Siemens today.” Read more>

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Colleges Discover the Rural Student

The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2016

Selective four-year colleges are looking for strong low- and middle-income students, but finding them is hard. In September, with the ability to identify such students from its database, the College Board sent customized guides on applying to college and for financial aid to 30,000 students in rural schools. “Better reaching rural students has been a top priority since I joined four years ago,” said David Coleman, president and chief executive of the College Board. Read more>

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Why so many college students decide to transfer

The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2017

Going through the college admissions process once can be emotionally wrenching — but more than a third of students choose do it again. A 2015 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than a third of college students transfer and that nearly half of those do it more than once. Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, explains the reasons why so many students are choosing to move. Read more>


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Three ways colleges can best use institutional data

eCampus News, Jan. 23, 2017

Colleges and universities can avoid “institutional blind spots” in policy and practice by making better use of their institutional data, writes Jack Neill of HelioCampus. In this commentary, he proposes three ways leaders can use data to get a full view of what students need to succeed. Read more>


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Iowa on track to meet college-degree goals

The Gazette, Jan. 22, 2017

A report shows that Iowa is on track to meet its goal to have 70% of its workforce hold a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025, finding that 71% of the state’s 2010 high-school graduates enrolled in such programs. The key, state officials say, is to focus on helping those students complete their degrees. Read more>


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Study shows significant majority of Appalachian State University students employed or continuing their education within a year of graduation

Appalachian State University News, Jan. 13, 2017

Key data are being tracked regarding the success of Appalachian State University students after they graduate, and the initial results are promising. A recent study found that 85 percent of undergraduate and nearly 100 percent of graduate alumni, tracked from Appalachian’s 2015 graduating class, were either employed or enrolled in some level of post-secondary education within one year of graduation. Read more>

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Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

CIO Review, Jan. 8, 2017

The question of interest is how do colleges collect and use big data to predict and improve the success of students (persistence and completion). More precisely, how do institutions determine students who are less likely to succeed, and create interventions that increase a student’s likelihood to succeed? Read the article>

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She started college as a single mother at age 18. Now she has a diploma.

The Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2017

After the graduation and before the marriage ceremony, Emerita Ayala’s family gathered one recent afternoon at a Mexican restaurant in Northern Virginia for a lunch to celebrate her big day.

The 23-year-old, still in her green graduation gown, had just been awarded a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University. The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants in Fairfax County, Ayala was the first in her family to get a college diploma. She had overcome formidable obstacles: When she started, she was a single teenage mother. Read more>

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Pennsylvania is among the five states experiencing the largest decline in enrollment

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dec. 25, 2016

Pennsylvania is among the five states experiencing the largest decline in enrollment, having lost more than 18,000 students since fall of 2015. New York saw the biggest change in enrollment during the past year, where colleges and universities collectively lost more than 30,000 students. Read more>

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Community Voices: KHSD students increasingly ready for the next step

Bakersfield.com, Dec. 21, 2016

Nearly 87 percent of Kern County students graduate from high school, higher than the state average (based on numbers from the California Department of Education), and 60 percent of graduates enroll in college right after high school, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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College Students Who Transfer Often Lose Credits and Money

Goodcall, Dec. 21, 2016

Almost half of college students will attend more than one school in the quest to earn a bachelor’s degree, and there’s a link between the number of schools a student attends and how long it takes to graduate after a transfer. Read more>

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Idaho College Enrollment Increases

Idaho Ed News, Dec. 21, 2016

Idaho’s numbers defy national trends. Fall enrollment increased in only 11 states and the District of Columbia. Idaho’s enrollment increased by 2.5 percent, and only New Hampshire and Utah experienced a more robust increase. Nationally, college enrollment dropped by 1.4 percent, coming in at slightly below 18.7 million. Read more>

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Engineering majors increase in popularity — as language and literature fall out of favor

MarketWatch, Dec. 20, 2016

All those pep talks finally paid off. College students appear to be getting the message drilled into them by their parents and society at large: major in something that will make you some money. Read the MarketWatch story>

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For-profit woes shrink college population

Chicago Tribune, Dec. 19, 2016

Plummeting enrollment at for-profit colleges drove a 270,000-person decline in the number of undergraduate and graduate students across the U.S. this fall, and Illinois. Nearly 165,000 fewer students enrolled in for-profit colleges nationwide, a 14.5 percent year-over-year decline, according to a report released Monday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>

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Fall enrollments dip again

Community College Daily, Dec. 19, 2016

Two-year public colleges enrolled about 153,000 fewer students (a 2.6 percent decrease) compared to fall 2015. Although enrollments in the sector continues to decrease, it’s doing so at a lower rate. The decrease rate in fall 2015 was 2.0 percent and 4.4 percent in fall 2014, according to (National Student Clearinghouse) biannual enrollment report. Read more>

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Higher ed seeks new ways to spur workforce development

EducationDIVE, Dec. 12, 2016

Can you earn a degree in the field you love and make money doing it? Institutions and advocacy organizations are using program creation and scholarship support to expose students to higher paying career options. Read more in EducationDive>

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