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Skipping college may be the new normal

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…

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Improving Veterans Compliance Reporting

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…

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How college advising in Chicago Public Schools got a whole lot smarter

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.…

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National Student Clearinghouse Names Jonell Sanchez as Vice President of Education Services

HERNDON, VA, March 17, 2016 — The National Student Clearinghouse announced today Jonell Sanchez as Vice President of Education Services, a newly created position reporting to the Clearinghouse’s Chief Operating Officer Tracie MacMahon. His appointment is effective March 21. Mr. Sanchez will provide oversight, direction, and leadership in the following four administrative areas: Higher Education…

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Rauner shackles higher education in Illinois

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…

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Mixed results on degree earners

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…

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College Degrees Are on the Rise, But Not Among Older Americans

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…

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Colleges Producing More Graduates with Prior Degrees and Fewer First-Time Grads – New National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Report

Drop in First-Time Graduates Driven by Older Students Herndon, VA, March 10, 2016 — According to the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center’s™ annual Undergraduate Degree Earner’s Report, the number of graduates with prior awards grew by 12.4 percent from the 2011-12 to 2014-15 academic year, while the number of first-time graduates – students earning their…

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Texas A&M International Launches New eTranscript Ordering System

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…

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