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Electronic transcripts to ease student, counselor burden

(Memphis) Commercial Appeal, March 31, 2017 A new tool from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission aims to ease guidance counselor’s workload when it comes to helping students apply to college. The Electronic Transcript Exchange means guidance counselors can quickly submit students’ transcripts to colleges, and students can track the delivery of their documents to their hopeful future school.…

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Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

Government Executive, March 28, 2017 Tracking student outcomes through and after post-secondary education allows agencies and organizations to generate reliable evidence about how well their programs work and whether the results justify the costs. By embedding an evaluation into an existing program and using existing data through the National Student Clearinghouse, the researchers were able…

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Rochester’s Career Center using data to connect students, employers

University of Rochester News Center, March 23, 2017 The University of Rochester has good news about undergraduate alumni who earned their degrees between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. A survey put out by the University’s Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, along with data from other sources, showed that: The average salary…

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Survey Says: College Presidents Concerned About Transparency

New America, March 15, 2017 As mandated by Congress, the Department of Education collects graduation rates for first-time (i.e., non-transfer or returning), full-time enrollees only. But at public four-year institutions, 27 percent of students are part-time; and at public two-year institutions, it’s more than 60 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. And with a larger proportion…

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Charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem: Few students go on to earn college degrees

USA Today, March 14, 2017 Recent findings suggest that attending a charter school will likely push students toward attending a four-year college, but the most comprehensive research so far, from the high school class of 2008, (according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center) put the six-year college completion rate for charter high school students at just 23%…

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Good news for college applicants: Getting in is easier than they think

Hechinger Report, March 8, 2017 As selective as they’d like prospective students to believe they are, colleges and universities have been watching enrollment decline for five years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Last year alone, it dropped 1.4 percent, or by about 270,000 students, at institutions nationwide, the center’s executive research director,…

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Education chief: Kansas needs to double college attainment rate

Associated Press, March 8, 2017 Citing a report from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, The state of Kansas, Education Commissioner Randy Watson Watson said that by 2020, 71 percent of the jobs in Kansas will require some level of post-secondary education. But according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks post-secondary enrollment and…

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Guest Column: College education doesn’t have to be one-size-fits all

Baraboo News Republic, March 7, 2017 By Cathy Sandeen is chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that today nearly half of the four-year college graduates nationally started at a two-year college. It’s no longer the alternative path to a college education, but the launch…

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