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Lesson from Liberal, Kan.: Community colleges must reach out more to communities

Ken Trzaska, president, Seward County Community College, June 13, 2018

According to a recent New America survey, four out of five Americans view community colleges as worth the cost and nearly 90 percent view apprenticeships and skills training as effective ways to prepare students for a good living. Now, more than ever, our society needs strong community colleges. Discover more>


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Hispanic Serving Institutions’ Increases Reflect Growing Student Enrollment, Matriculation

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 5, 2018

New data analysis about Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) from Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) reveals that such institutions are on the rise around the country, including in less-expected states such as Connecticut, Oregon and Tennessee. Discover more>

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Chief Ambassador for Higher Education

Business Officer, June 2018

In an interview with Business Officer, John Walda discusses the highlights of his tenure at NACUBO, the challenges that colleges and universities continue to face, and the priorities that are on his mind as he starts a new chapter. Learn more>

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UT-Chattanooga Does “Outstanding Job” On Graduation And Retention Rates For Black Males

The Chattanoogan, June 12, 2018

In the 2016-17 academic year,  UT-Chattanooga’s average for black males graduating within six years was 73 percent. The national average is 28.7 percent, according to a 2017 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The retention rate for black male students between their freshman and sophomore years is 94 percent, while the national average, based on a 2015 report from the same center, is 54.5 percent. Discover more about UTC’s efforts>

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States Investing the Most in Higher Education

247WallStreet.com, May 31, 2018

Last year, states spent over $83 billion on public higher education, or about $7,600 per student enrolled full-time in a public college or university. The states that spend the most per student include Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, and North Dakota — states with lower population density and much smaller public education systems compared to other states. Discover more>


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Are We at Peak Higher Ed?

Inside Higher Ed, May 30, 2018

Are we at peak higher ed? My answer is no, but that answer depends on the definitions that we choose. Does peak higher ed refer to the number of schools, or the number of students enrolled? The number of people employed in higher ed (or just faculty), or the number of credentials granted? Learn more>

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American higher education enrollment declined. Again.

Bryan Alexander Blog, May 22, 2018

So what can we learn from this? Compare: 17,839,330 took classes this spring, while in 2013 we enrolled 19,105,651 students.  That’s about a 6.7% decline.  And it comes after a generation of steady enrollment growth. Read more>

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More of the same

Community College Daily, May 22, 2018

Undergraduate enrollments for this spring compared to last spring dropped 1.8 percent (275,000 students), with public two-year colleges seeing a 2-percent drop (107,000 students), according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Learn more>


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Enrollment Declines Steepest in Midwest and Northeast

Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2018

Enrollments went down in 34 states this spring, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Six of the 10 states with the largest declines are in the Midwest or Northeast. Learn more>

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Finalists for 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

The Aspen Institute, May 15, 2018

Launched in 2010, the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate. The 10 finalist institutions for the 2019 Aspen Prize are: >

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Colleges focus on obvious fix: help students graduate on time

Hechinger Report, May 14, 2018

While 86 percent of incoming freshmen said in an annual national survey conducted by a research institute at UCLA that they were confident they’d graduate in four years, only 41 percent at public and 61 percent at private four-year universities actually do, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks this. Learn more>

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Tough slog for part-time students

Community College Daily, May 14, 2018

What difference does a year, two or three make in how many students, even first-timers attending full-time, take to complete a credential? The latest National Student Clearinghouse report on yearly success and progress rates has the answer. Learn more>

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Report: Latino Students Struggle to Finish College

Salud America! May 3, 2018

Latino college students are far less likely than their white peers to complete their degree, and more likely to still be enrolled beyond six years on their path to a degree, according to a new report. The report, College Completion through a Latino Lens, is from Excelencia in Education. Learn more>

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Community college plays significant role in higher education

Green River College President Suzanne Johnson, May 3, 2018

How many college graduates get their start at a community college? Among all students who completed a degree at a four-year college in 2015-16, 49 percent had enrolled at a two-year college in the previous 10 years (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2017). Learn more>

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Promoting community colleges to the world

Community College Daily, May 3, 2018

In the last 12 months, AACC has hosted more than 25 international delegations, nearly 200 representatives from more than 32 countries on six continents. Those delegations often consisted of ministers of education or other foreign dignitaries, representatives from national educational associations or from foundations. Why such high interest in U.S. community colleges?

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Why Are Colleges Seeing a Decline in Undergraduate Enrollments?

Clearinghouse Today, April 30, 2018

According to the Fall 2017 Current Term Enrollment Estimates report, higher education enrollment has declined for the sixth consecutive year. Why are colleges seeing a decline? How significant is the decline this year compared to previous years? What’s the future look like for enrollment? Read more>


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3 Community College Leaders to Watch

Education Dive, April 30, 2018
Three community college leaders to watch: Jimmie Bruce, Eastern Gateway Community College; Sheila Edwards Lange, Seattle Central College; and Stephen C. Head, Lone Star College System. Learn more about them>
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George Washington U Class of 2017 earns higher salaries than previous years

The GW Hatchet, April 13, 2018

The ramped up outreach and added data from National Student Clearinghouse gave the University the most accurate information about post-graduate outcomes in recent years. Officials were able to verify information on 88 percent of students who graduated last year compared to 85 percent from the Class of 2016. Read more>

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Bridging the growing college divide among young Americans

The Hill, April 12, 2018

For many young people, obtaining too much or too little education may be a fact of modern life. But more can be done to ensure young people know their options early so they can create a career plan — and better set themselves up for success. Read more>

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$5 Transcripts

The Marlin Chronicle, April 12, 2018

Yes, we pay five dollars for a copy of our own transcripts, but the school had to choose between that and wasting almost $5000 a year on a service that may not be worth that much money based on student usage. That kind of gamble is not financially sound and I applaud the school’s decision. Learn more>

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Current Term Enrollment Estimates - Spring 2018