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The Pittsburgh Promise Reaches into the Future

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 19, 2018

Pittsburgh kids are graduating from high school, going to college and graduating from college at significantly higher rates than before The Promise. Discover more>

New UT-Austin Online Tool Will Decrease Time to Degree

The University of Texas at Austin, Feb. 15, 2018

With a $500,000 grant from Greater Texas Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin will develop a new online tool allowing students across Texas and the nation to better understand how to transfer college credits between institutions. The tool will help solve a frustrating challenge currently faced by many students, families and educators, allowing faster times to degree completion and saving money on tuition.

UT Austin is developing this pathbreaking project in partnership with community colleges and universities across Texas, as well as multiple national partners including the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

The Common Application Announces Early Adopters of New Transfer Application

The Common Application, Feb. 15, 2018

A report by The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center tracking students over a 6-year period notes, “Among those students who do transfer, 45 percent transfer more than once. The greatest number of transfer students come from two-year public colleges—almost 40 percent of transfers originate from these institutions.” In response, The Common Application has announced that it has launched its early adopter program for the new Common App for transfer. Learn more>

Giving Community College Students Computers Won’t Set Them up for Greater Success

Campus Technology, Feb. 12, 2018

Handing out computers to incoming community college students won’t influence their success in higher education, maintaining jobs or lifting earnings. Learn more>

Educational Attainment Is Up, but Gaps Remain

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2018

New data from the Lumina Foundation show that in 2016, 46.9 percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 had a postsecondary degree or certificate. Read more.

Why Transfer Mission Matters

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 5, 2018

Community colleges may not be the obvious route to a four-year degree to some observers, but in states like Florida and California, the transfer role is essential to the states’ ability to produce bachelor’s degrees. And they particularly help minority and low-income students earn bachelor’s degrees. Learn more>

Data-Savvy College Presidents ‘Remain the Exception’

Campus Technology, Jan. 17, 2018

In higher education, according to a new report, data-savvy leaders “remain the exception, not the rule.” In The Data-Enabled Executive: Using Analytics for Student Success and Sustainability, the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy suggested that colleges and universities that have successfully “harnessed” data are improving their student outcomes, promoting equity and inclusion, and optimizing resourcing strategies. Read more>

Utah Valley University: Transfer Under One Roof

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 16, 2018

While policy makers push vocational education as an alternative to the bachelor’s degree, Utah Valley University does both as a dual-role community college and university that enrolls 37,000 students. Read the story>

Missouri adopts performance-based funding for higher education

Washington Examiner, Jan. 7, 2018

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education in Missouri approved a plan on Tuesday that links 10 percent of all state funding for publicly-funded colleges to their performance. This performance-based portion of the funding will be determined by metrics such as degree completion, budget practices, and job-placement rates. Read more>

Even with help, Olympic athletes struggle to balance their sports with college

Hechinger Report, Jan. 5, 2018

Olympic athletes and hopefuls may comprise only a tiny handful of the nontraditional-age adults trying to get higher educations. But their struggles with finding the money and time to do it, among other problems, offer a surprising, high-performance illustration of the problems legions of older students face in common. Read more>

Who Is Studying Online (and Where)

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2018

The number of college students enrolled in at least one online course — and the proportion of all enrolled students who are studying online — continued to rise at U.S. institutions in the 2016 academic year, newly released federal data show. Discover more>

Eastern Wyoming College to Offer Electronic Transcripts

StarHerald.com, Jan. 5, 2018

The Eastern Wyoming College Records Office will no longer be sending paper transcripts of student’s grades to transferring colleges and universities, potential employers, and others. The new agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse will allow for the issuance of transcripts electronically which will decrease the time necessary for sending and receiving transcripts. Learn more>

Idaho college enrollment continues to increase

Idaho Ed News, Jan. 3, 2018

Idaho’s college enrollment numbers surpassed a milestone — and defied a downward national trend. Idaho’s undergraduate enrollment totaled 100,851, according to fall 2017 statistics from the National Student Clearinghouse. In clearing the 100,000 plateau, Idaho also saw a 1.6 percent enrollment increase. Read more>


As Flow of Foreign Students Wanes, U.S. Universities Feel the Sting

The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2018

Just as many universities believed that the financial wreckage left by the 2008 recession was behind them, campuses across the country have been forced to make new rounds of cuts, this time brought on, in large part, by a loss of international students. Read the story>

Saddle Up: 7 Trends Coming in 2018

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 2, 2018

As we look at the landscape in 2018, here are seven major trends college leaders should prepare for. Spoiler alert: it’s tough out there. Read more>

Study says two-thirds of SBHS grads immediately enroll in college

San Benito High School District, Dec. 29, 2017

Nearly two-thirds of San Benito High School graduates enroll in college during the fall immediately after graduation, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Of those college-bound students, approximately one-third enroll in a four-year school, while the remainder join a two-year program such as a community college. Learn more>

Column: The importance of community colleges

Chicago Tribune, Dec. 29, 2017

In 1947, the Truman Commission Report — Higher Education for American Democracy — proved instrumental in re-shaping post-secondary education by aligning it with America’s role as leader in the post-World War II era. Moreover, a dramatic surge in national population was underway and commercial markets were expanding. The Report’s recommendations included establishing a network of public, two-year, community-based colleges to best serve local higher education and workforce training needs. Today, community colleges educate more than half of all American undergraduates. Discover more>

New Fairmont State U. president had long journey from Cuba

Associated Press, Dec. 26, 2017

Mirta Martin’s journey to West Virginia has been long. She escaped from communist Cuba, lived in a Spanish convent and immigrated to the United States without her parents. Martin was recently named president of Fairmont State University. Read more>

More Men Must Enroll to Meet Texas Graduation Goal: Board

NBC 5, Dec. 26, 2017

State officials say the number of men pursuing public college degrees must increase to catch up with their female counterparts as part of a statewide effort to expand the number of Texans who graduate. Learn more>

Report examines Latino student success rates

EducationDIVE, Dec. 22, 2017

The author of a new report that analyzes success rates of Latino students stresses that there is no “magic bullet” for colleges and universities to use to improve their own metrics, and what works at one school may not be applicable for all. However, institutions that prioritize equity and make efforts to measure their progress usually yield positive results. Learn more>

2017 Fall Current Term Enrollment Report