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It’s Time to View Industry Credentials Through the Lens of Student Success

The EvoLLLution, Sept. 28, 2016 Industry credentials are certainly not new, but colleges and universities are realizing that they may have a bigger role to play in preparing students to earn them than ever before. In this interview, Roberta Hyland discusses the value of industry credentials for today’s students and shares her thoughts on how…

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It takes longer to finish college, but that’s not the story

Community College Daily, Sept. 19, 2016 Only 7 percent of associate-degree earners who attend community college full time complete their degree within two years. More than half finish within four or more years. Those figures — which come from a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center — may seem dire, but they…

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Clearinghouse Data on Time to Degree

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 19, 2016 The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center today released a virtually comprehensive look at how long it took American college graduates in 2015 to earn their degrees. The new report is based on completion data for two million students who that year earned either an associate or bachelor’s degree. It…

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Nontraditional students like me face enormous challenges

Community College Daily, Sept. 15, 2016 I’m one of millions of nontraditional low-income college students who have faced serious financial worries on top of the usual student concerns about tests, term papers and picking the right major. According to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 15.1 percent of students who began…

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The Need for a National Certification Ecosystem

The Evolllution, Sept. 12, 2016 As community colleges begin to deliver a wider range of credentials, including but not limited to degrees, it’s critical that a national certification system be established to provide critical information to all key stakeholders regarding their value and potential. Read more>…

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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…

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