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Why so many college students decide to transfer

The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2017 Going through the college admissions process once can be emotionally wrenching — but more than a third of students choose do it again. A 2015 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than a third of college students transfer and that nearly half of those…

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Three ways colleges can best use institutional data

eCampus News, Jan. 23, 2017 Colleges and universities can avoid “institutional blind spots” in policy and practice by making better use of their institutional data, writes Jack Neill of HelioCampus. In this commentary, he proposes three ways leaders can use data to get a full view of what students need to succeed. Read more>  …

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Iowa on track to meet college-degree goals

The Gazette, Jan. 22, 2017 A report shows that Iowa is on track to meet its goal to have 70% of its workforce hold a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025, finding that 71% of the state’s 2010 high-school graduates enrolled in such programs. The key, state officials say, is to focus on helping those…

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Study shows significant majority of Appalachian State University students employed or continuing their education within a year of graduation

Appalachian State University News, Jan. 13, 2017 Key data are being tracked regarding the success of Appalachian State University students after they graduate, and the initial results are promising. A recent study found that 85 percent of undergraduate and nearly 100 percent of graduate alumni, tracked from Appalachian’s 2015 graduating class, were either employed or…

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National Student Clearinghouse Selects Randy Strother as Chief Enterprise Architect

HERNDON, VA (Jan. 11, 2017) – The National Student Clearinghouse announced today Randy Strother as Chief Enterprise Architect, a newly created position and senior member of the Information Technology leadership team, reporting directly to Vice President & Chief Information Officer Doug Falk. Mr. Strother is responsible for IT architecture across the enterprise while working closely…

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Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

CIO Review, Jan. 8, 2017 The question of interest is how do colleges collect and use big data to predict and improve the success of students (persistence and completion). More precisely, how do institutions determine students who are less likely to succeed, and create interventions that increase a student’s likelihood to succeed? Read the article>…

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She started college as a single mother at age 18. Now she has a diploma.

The Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2017 After the graduation and before the marriage ceremony, Emerita Ayala’s family gathered one recent afternoon at a Mexican restaurant in Northern Virginia for a lunch to celebrate her big day. The 23-year-old, still in her green graduation gown, had just been awarded a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.…

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