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How to improve your odds of graduating debt-free from college

Dallas Morning News, April 28, 2016 Only about two out of five students who start at a two-year college complete their studies within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, compared with nearly 80% who first enroll in a public four-year institution. Read more>…

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National Student Clearinghouse Appoints Dave Pelham, Managing Director, Foundation Relations; and Michelle Blackwell, National Manager, Reverse Transfer Initiatives

HERNDON, VA, April 28, 2016 — The National Student Clearinghouse announced today Dr. W. David Pelham as Managing Director, Foundation Relations, and Michelle Blackwell as National Manager, Reverse Transfer Initiatives. The appointments, effective May 16, will consolidate the Clearinghouse’s education foundation relationships, and will manage the scaling and implementation of the Clearinghouse’s national Reverse Transfer…

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Background Checks: A Rock and a Hard Place

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…

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Westchester Community College pushes for transfer agreements with area colleges

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…

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Navigating The Transition From School To The Workplace

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…

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‘Nontraditional’ students showcase a different Miami experience

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…

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Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career?

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…

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Arkansas program is doubling college completion rates

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…

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In-state and interstate initiatives aim to improve transfer pathways

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. Though just getting off the ground, the Interstate Passport Initiative aims to…

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