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Report Underscores Racial, Class Disparities in College Degree Attainment

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Oct. 28, 2016 Despite the increased emphasis placed in recent years on the importance of obtaining a college degree, deep disparities between rich and poor, minority and White students still persist when it comes to who goes to college as well as who finishes, new college completion figures released Thursday…

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2016 High School Benchmarks Report Released

Report Reveals 21 Percent College Degree Attainment Gap Between Low-Income and Higher-Income High Schools  HERNDON, VA (Oct. 27, 2016)–Forty-five percent of students graduating in the class of 2009 from higher-income high schools completed a college degree by 2015, compared to 24 percent of students from low-income schools, according to the fourth annual, The High School…

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Big data on campus

IDG Connect, Oct. 17,2016 Purdue is one of dozens of institutions of higher-learning, from private colleges to large public universities, that are turning to data to improve their student retention and graduation rates. The national average six-year graduation rate for students attending four-year schools is about 54 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research…

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High School Benchmarks 2016 Webinar, Oct. 27 at 2 PM Eastern

National Student Clearinghouse Blog, Oct. 18 The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ will hold a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Eastern to release the fourth annual High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates. The report provides new data on high school graduates’ college access, persistence, and completion outcomes. Register today to attend…

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Student Pathways Affect Time to Degree

Our Signature Report 11, “Time to Degree: A National View of the Time Enrolled and Elapsed for Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Earners,” examines time to degree for students who earned an associate or bachelor’s degree in 2014-15. This infographic reveals the various pathways and factors affecting time to degree for students at two-year public and…

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Pinning her hopes on higher ed debt plan

Post-Crescent (Wisconsin), Oct. 6, 2016 Kaela Lundeen’s path to higher education is the definition of nontraditional. At 17 years old, she left home for a better future and to escape a childhood riddled with trauma. Her goal is to become a lawyer. Once she saves enough money, she will enroll at Fox Valley Technical College.…

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The term ‘nontraditional student’ is extinct

EducationDive, Oct. 3, 2016 Recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics outlines the growth of nontraditional learners on college campuses nationwide, eCampus News reports. According to the data, about 74% of all undergraduates enrolled during the 2011-12 academic year possessed at least one characteristic of a nontraditional student, denoted by part-time enrollment, working full-time,…

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Competency-Based Hiring: 10 Signals The Shift Is Happening

Forbes, Oct. 1, 2016 Fifty-three percent of college graduates students believe they’re ready to apply their skills and knowledge in the workforce, but only 23% of employers agree. It is increasingly clear that misalignment between post-secondary education and workforce needs is suppressing economic productivity and growth, as systematic reliance on degrees as a skills-proxy, exacerbated…

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