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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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Ohio State President Touts Education Opportunities at OSU-Mansfield

Richland Source, March 3, 2017 “Regional campuses do a wonderful job of providing access to students from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances around Ohio,” said Dr. Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University. Ohio State Mansfield in particular has had exceptional retention and graduation rates over the past few years. In a National…

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Study: Veterans do better in college than comparable civilians

Military Times, Feb. 24, 2017 The National Veteran Education Success Tracker, or NVEST, project found that student veterans earn degrees at rates better than comparable nonveteran students. But pinpointing a completion or success rate for this group remains difficult and highly open to interpretation. By one measure, it’s 72 percent. By another, 42 percent. Read…

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Despite family and work commitments, student veterans outpace classmates

The Hechinger Report, Feb. 24, 2017 Despite often having to juggle schoolwork with jobs and families, veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are finishing at rates slightly higher than their classmates, a new report shows. The report says 53.6 percent of veterans using GI Bill benefits who arrived on campus in the fall…

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College Can Improve Transfer Rates

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 16, 2017 Millions of community college students started the new school year with big plans: study for a couple of years before transferring and earning a bachelor’s degree. Meet with students on any comprehensive community college campus and you can hear the determination in their voices as they talk about their…

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5 Tips to Getting Through College Faster

Black Enterprise, Feb. 15, 2017 Tip 1: Prioritize school over work. While paying bills and earning income are important, don’t let it supplant educational goals. Data in “Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates,” a report by the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, illustrates that degree completion rates (for two, four, and…

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Philadelphia Futures Highlighted in Benchmarking Case Study Series

National College Access Network, Feb. 14, 2017 The Benchmarking Project is an important collaboration between the National College Access Network and the National Student Clearinghouse that examines college access and success programs’ collective success in helping students to enroll in and complete at postsecondary institutions. To date, the project has found evidence that students served…

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The Three Keys to College Persistence

Getting Smart, Feb. 14, 2017 As the buzz around college and career readiness continues, college persistence will receive increased attention and require additional action. While a combination of internal and external factors can influence any individual’s ability to enroll in and persist through college, the current data on college-going culture in the U.S. certainly has…

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Dissecting data on degree earners

Community College Daily, Feb. 6, 2017 The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree — both associate and bachelor’s degrees — in 2015-16 declined by 1.4 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.The dip was driven primarily by first-time graduates ages 25 and over,…

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Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required

The New York Times, Jan. 30, 2017 “In our factories, there’s a computer about every 20 or 30 feet,” said Eric Spiegel, who recently retired as president and chief executive of Siemens U.S.A. “People on the plant floor need to be much more skilled than they were in the past. There are no jobs for…

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Colleges Discover the Rural Student

The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2016 Selective four-year colleges are looking for strong low- and middle-income students, but finding them is hard. In September, with the ability to identify such students from its database, the College Board sent customized guides on applying to college and for financial aid to 30,000 students in rural schools. “Better…

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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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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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Community Voices: KHSD students increasingly ready for the next step

Bakersfield.com, Dec. 21, 2016 Nearly 87 percent of Kern County students graduate from high school, higher than the state average (based on numbers from the California Department of Education), and 60 percent of graduates enroll in college right after high school, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>…

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