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Research: Community College Pays Off

Campus Technology, April 18, 2017 Earning a two-year degree pays off. Specifically, completing an associate degree yields an average of $4,640 to $7,160 more per year than entering college and not completing a program. So concluded a research project by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, which is a government-funded research center…

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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2017 Computer science and engineering are gaining in popularity as undergraduate and graduate courses of study. But in a trend that could further solidify for decades a gender-based earnings gap, men continue to flock to those lucrative disciplines in significantly larger numbers than women. Nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees earned in the sciences and engineering…

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When It Pays to Start at a Community College

Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2017 Starting at a community college is more popular than you might think. Of the students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from U.S. institutions in 2016, 49% had attended a community college, and two-thirds of those did so for three or more terms, according to National Student Clearinghouse data.…

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Senior Class: Back to School at 50+ for Income, Family, Community

New America Media, April 7, 2017 Across the United States, college enrollment has been dropping, although the number of people earning degrees is rebounding after slumping in the wake of the Great Recession. Data from the latest study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released in December shows that 38 percent of adults over…

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6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time

The New York Times, April 6, 2017 The longer it takes, the less likely a student is to make it to graduation: A quarter of students drop out after four years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, and most say it’s because of money. Cost, indeed, is a major issue for many families…

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Student Debt and Home Buying

Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2017 Federal Reserve Bank of New York study suggests student loans don’t play a major role in limiting borrowers’ ability to buy a home later. The authors examined a sample of individuals born between 1980 and 1986, relying on the National Student Clearinghouse and a Federal Reserve Bank of New…

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George Mason, NOVA Partner to Help Students to Four-Year Degree

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, April 3, 2017 George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to announce a groundbreaking partnership to assist students as they transfer from a two-year program and earn a four-year undergraduate degree. Read more>…

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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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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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