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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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Idaho College Enrollment Increases

Idaho Ed News, Dec. 21, 2016 Idaho’s numbers defy national trends. Fall enrollment increased in only 11 states and the District of Columbia. Idaho’s enrollment increased by 2.5 percent, and only New Hampshire and Utah experienced a more robust increase. Nationally, college enrollment dropped by 1.4 percent, coming in at slightly below 18.7 million. Read…

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For-profit woes shrink college population

Chicago Tribune, Dec. 19, 2016 Plummeting enrollment at for-profit colleges drove a 270,000-person decline in the number of undergraduate and graduate students across the U.S. this fall, and Illinois. Nearly 165,000 fewer students enrolled in for-profit colleges nationwide, a 14.5 percent year-over-year decline, according to a report released Monday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research…

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Fall enrollments dip again

Community College Daily, Dec. 19, 2016 Two-year public colleges enrolled about 153,000 fewer students (a 2.6 percent decrease) compared to fall 2015. Although enrollments in the sector continues to decrease, it’s doing so at a lower rate. The decrease rate in fall 2015 was 2.0 percent and 4.4 percent in fall 2014, according to (National Student…

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Higher ed seeks new ways to spur workforce development

EducationDIVE, Dec. 12, 2016 Can you earn a degree in the field you love and make money doing it? Institutions and advocacy organizations are using program creation and scholarship support to expose students to higher paying career options. Read more in EducationDive>…

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South Dakota universities tackle workforce shortage problem

Watertown Public Opinion, Dec. 9, 2016 “The supply of new jobs is growing, and those new jobs will be increasingly knowledge based,” said Mike Rush, the regents’ executive director and CEO. “Public universities can and will play a critical role in meeting the state’s skilled workforce needs.” To address human capital demands across the state,…

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The untapped potential of ‘some college, no degree’

The Hill, Dec. 8, 2016 The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports that over the past two decades, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate. A bachelor’s degree holder earns, on average, about 46 percent more than someone who has some college credits but no degree. Getting…

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Higher Education Is Failing Older Americans

Forbes, Dec. 8, 2016 A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center bears a bit of good news: college graduation rates are up. Of students starting college in fall 2010, 54.8% have now finished—up 1.9 percentage points from the prior year’s cohort. (Isn’t it depressing that a 55% graduation rate is good news?)…

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Older Americans Went Back To School During The Recession. Did It Pay Off?

FiveThirtyEight, Dec. 8, 2016 When Ed Morneault returned to college in 2011, two months before his 40th birthday, he didn’t just want a bachelor’s degree — he wanted a raise and a promotion. Morneault, who works as a facilities manager for the U.S. Army outside of Baltimore, first went to college immediately after high school…

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