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What Community Colleges Do That Universities Don’t

Time, May 22, 2017 Six months after graduation, 99% of students from Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) are employed or continuing their education. After five years, graduates earn wages higher than average for all other workers in the region. Seventy-four percent of students at Lake Area graduate or transfer to a four-year college within three…

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Enrollments Continue to Decline at For-Profits and Community Colleges

Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2017 National college enrollments have continued their multiyear decline, with most of the dip occurring among older undergraduates at for-profit institutions and community colleges. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks 97 percent of students at federal aid-eligible institutions, found an overall national decline of 1.5 percent for this spring semester…

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Downward enrollment trend continues

Community College Daily, May 24, 2017 Enrollments at community colleges continue to slide, but the pace of the decrease has also slowed down, according to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Overall, spring 2017 undergraduate enrollments at all postsecondary institutions fell again compared to spring 2016 enrollments by 1.9 percent (300,000 students), according to…

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What to Do When the GI Bill Won’t Cover College

SFGate, May 22, 2017 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits cover the full cost of in-state tuition at public colleges, but only up to $22,805.34 per year at a private college. What to do: Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to see how far your benefits will go at different schools before picking one. If your college is eligible,…

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Act Six Aims to Provide New Faces in Leadership

National College Access Network, May 19, 2017 Act Six, a leadership and scholarship program whose mission is to connect community ministries with faith- and social justice-based colleges to prepare emerging urban leaders to engage in change on the campuses they attend and in their home communities, is the latest program to be featured in a…

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Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

The Pew Charitable Trusts, May 15, 2017 In some cases, a certificate is a stepping stone to higher education. About one in four students who earn a certificate go on to earn an associate or a bachelor’s degree within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. But that number may be inflated,…

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Student veterans aren’t as hard to serve as we say

EducationDive, May 11, 2017 Student veterans actually have a higher success rate than students overall, with success rate defined as completion or continued enrollment. Among veterans, the success rate is 72 percent. A parallel rate for the nation as a whole, using data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, is 67 percent. Read more>…

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Why every student should consider community college

USA Today College, May 9, 2017 I made the choice to go to community college because it was the only choice I thought was possible for me in the moment. And at that moment in my life, it destroyed me. Fast forward a few months: I was attending community college. For a short while I…

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Gender gap in US science PhD degrees persists

Nature, May 8, 2017 It’s no surprise that the number of PhD degrees in scientific and related disciplines conferred upon US students has leapt by half in the past decade — from about 18,000 in 2006 to more than 27,000 in 2016 — according to a recent report. But “Snapshot Report – Science and Engineering Degree Completion…

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Tennessee Promise hits milestone as students graduate

The Tennessean, May 6, 2017 Saturday marked a momentous day for Breanna Burchett, who earned her degree from Volunteer State Community College without accumulating a mountain of debt. The Cookeville, Tenn., native was among the first large crop of Tennessee Promise students to graduate, about three years after Gov. Bill Haslam first unveiled the landmark…

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Commencement just the beginning for College of Dupage students

Ann Rondeau, President of College of DuPage, May 3, 2017 For half a century, we have been a place of opportunity for so many, and we are not alone. A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center states that 49 percent of the 1.8 million baccalaureate earners in the 2015-16 academic year were…

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New Report Confirms the Large Racial Gap in College Completion Rates

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, May 1, 2017 An interesting statistic found in the report is that the college complete rate shrinks significantly for nontraditional students who entered college at an older age. For students ages 25 or older who entered college in 2010, the Black-White college completion rate gap was 12.9 percentage…

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Graduation Rates and Race

Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2017 College completion rates vary widely along racial and ethnic lines, with black and Hispanic students earning credentials at a much lower rate than white and Asian students do, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>…

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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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CTEE Report Spring 2017