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Postsecondary education becoming more critical

Cincinnati.com, Nov. 26, 2016 By Beverly Davenport, interim president of the University of Cincinnati, and Greg Crawford, president of Miami University By 2020, 64 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require postsecondary education. Now, more than ever, we want parents, teenagers and elected officials to know how profoundly important college-educated citizens are to our…

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Transfer Students Face Debt, More Classes

Hechinger Report, Nov. 22, 2016 The proportion of students who transfer is at record levels. More than two-thirds who earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions today have changed colleges at least once, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which estimates that an average of about 342,000 students change school each year. Some policymakers…

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MS Public Universities, Community Colleges Launch Complete 2 Compete Plan

Mississippi Public Universities, Nov. 17, 2016 Almost 300,000 Mississippians who attended a public university or community college within the past 15 years have completed some college without earning a degree. Mississippi Public Universities announced the launch of Complete 2 Compete, a new initiative designed to reach out to former students and help them complete their…

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Female Mentors Can Help Level the STEM Playing Field in Higher Ed

MeriTalk, Nov. 17, 2016 From 2010 to 2020, STEM-related employment is projected to increase by 16 percent to more than 8.5 million jobs, according to the White House Council on Women and Girls. As early as 2018, the United States faces a skills shortage of 230,000 STEM employees, explains a CBS News report. However, the…

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Community College Pathways to a Computer Science Degree

Google, Nov. 16, 2016 Our latest research shows that students who attend community colleges on the way to computer science bachelor’s degrees encounter many challenges and obstacles along the way. But there are many ways for community colleges and four-year colleges to work together and with industry to remove these obstacles and support students seeking…

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New Report Puts Member-Served Students’ Outcomes in Context

National College Access Network, Nov. 16, 2016 The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s (NSCRC) fourth annual High School Benchmarks Report, released recently, examines the enrollment, persistence and completion outcomes of students across the country. These reports provide useful figures against which NCAN members can compare their student outcomes, especially when used in conjunction with data…

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Tracking military and veteran student success

Military Times, Nov. 11, 2016 Several years ago, Student Veterans of America embarked on the Million Records Project in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse to get the data and produce research on how today’s student veterans have fared. What we learned is that student veterans are excelling. But…

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Alabama Community Colleges Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

Alabama Today, Nov. 10, 2016 Officials of the Alabama Community College System and public universities across the state announced a new agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from four-year institutions back to a two-year institution in order to complete a degree. “Many people understand that you can take courses at community colleges, transfer…

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High School Demographics Continue to Impact College Success

The 2016 High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates reveals major gaps between low-income and higher income high school students in both post-graduation college enrollment and college degree attainment. This finding is also illustrated in this infographic, which also shows how the enrollment and attainment gaps are even wider when comparing schools with high…

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High School Benchmarks 2017 National College Progression Rates