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How Community Colleges Use Job-Market Data to Develop New Programs

Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2016

As sites of work-force development, community colleges must be responsive to the demands of the rapidly changing job market. Now, many community-college systems are turning to job-market data that are more up to date and more precise than ever before. Read more>


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More female leaders in science and tech urged

USA Today, June 15, 2016

An estimated 11.5 million females now attend college, outnumbering men at 8.7 million, federal statistics show. But young women are not earning many advanced math and science degrees. A 2015 report from the non-profit National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that women earned just 21% of computer science doctoral degrees in 2014, unchanged from a decade earlier. Women earned more science-focused doctoral degrees in only a few areas: biological/agricultural sciences, social sciences and psychology. Read more >

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High expectations drive success at IDEA Public Schools

El Paso Times, June 11, 2016

When we first started IDEA, some told us that we were asking too much of our students since we are a charter school, and IDEA cannot “cherry-pick” our student enrollees. We draw from the communities where we are located, many of which are like the neighborhood I grew up in. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, last year 95 percent of IDEA students went straight on to college from high school, many to schools in Texas, but some to Ivy League and other nationally ranked schools. Read more>

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Improving the Transfer Intersection on the Road to a Four-Year Degree

The EvoLLLution, June 10, 2016

By developing a clearer pathway to transfer and degree completion, much of the repetition, uncertainty and additional costs accrued by non-traditional students can be avoided. Read more>

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About 3.5 percent of new associate degree earners already had a bachelor’s degree

American Association of Community Colleges Data Points, June 8, 2016

The percent of associate-degree graduates with a prior credential increased from 2011–12 to 2014–15, according to a recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Those who already had a bachelor’s degree or higher increased over that period, from 2.9 percent to 3.5 percent. The percent of graduates who previously earned an associate degree also increased, from 5.8 percent to 7 percent. Associate degree earns with a previous college certificate climbed from 6.6 percent to 8.1 percent. The findings highlight the diverse missions of community colleges, such as preparing students to transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, upskilling incumbent workers and training for new job skills. Read more >



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Focus on Certificates Boosts Completion Goals

Inside Higher Education, June 7, 2016

Louisiana and other states are closer to reaching college completion goals as their emphasis shifts to more certificates in addition to degrees. Last year the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released data showing the percentage of graduates who had previously earned a certificate. Read more >

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Reverse transfers yield positive outcomes for struggling students

Education Dive, June 7, 2016

While many four-year colleges pursue articulation agreements with community colleges for one-way transfer, the new data on reverse transfers sheds light on the need for core curricula to be more uniform between the two institutional types. Read more >

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Credentials fraud now a global threat for universities

University World News, June 6, 2016

“One of the big fears that schools have about jumping into the international arena is that they really are worried about the fraud,” Rick Torres, president of the National Student Clearinghouse, said in a phone conversation with University World News. The non-profit organisation handles more than 750 million requests a year for verification of education records. Read more>

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P-TECH School Boosts Number of Early Graduates Earning Both High School & College Tech Degrees

IBM, June 2, 2016

More than two dozen New York City youth will graduate from P-TECH with both their high school diplomas and their associate degrees in technology this month. Nationwide, only six percent of college graduates from low-income, high minority urban schools completed a STEM degree within six years, per a National Student Clearinghouse report. Read more>

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At this high school, getting a diploma is only part of the answer

Milwaukee Public Radio, June 1, 2016

For the past two years now, Woodburn has been beating the state’s high school graduation rate — by double digits. But lately, there’s something that’s been bothering Garza.  Take, for example, the class of 2008. Out of about 300 students, only 25 went on to receive their bachelor’s degree.

Earlier this year, Woodburn administrators started getting information from the National Student Clearinghouse. That’s a body that collects data from colleges and universities across the country to track what happens to students after they graduate from high school. Read more>



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Two-Thirds of College Grads Struggle to Launch Their Careers

Harvard Business Review, May 31, 2016

There are 12.5 million twentysomethings with some college credits and no degree, by far the largest share of adults who leave college short of a degree, according to the National Student Clearinghouse.

So how can students and their parents, who are about to make one of the largest investments of their life in a college degree, ensure that there is a return on that investment? Read more>

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Voting behavior varies widely across disciplines and regions, a new study finds

Inside Higher Education, May 31, 2016

College students just aren’t voting. In the 2012 elections, only 45 percent of them cast a ballot. For colleges that opted in to the study, the Clearinghouse combined enrollment records and public voting records, collected by the company Catalist, and sent the researchers the results. Read more >

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Report: Fewer Wisconsinites Seeking College Degrees

Wisconsin Public Radio, May 30, 2016

College enrollment was down 1.3 percent across the country during the current semester, and Wisconsin saw the fifth-largest drop in students, according to a new study. The number of college students in Wisconsin dropped by 4.1 percent this year, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Battling low transfer rates, LSU and community college system announce transfer scholarship plan

The New Orleans Advocate, May 26, 2016

In an effort to boost Louisiana’s low transfer rate of community college students to universities, higher education officials announced a partnership on Thursday that guarantees the most academically motivated community college students admission and a scholarship to LSU. Read more>

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Declining foreign enrollment presents another admissions challenge

Education Dive, May 25, 2016

In addition to concerns about declining student populations in many regions in the U.S., some colleges and universities are now having to grapple with a steep drop-off in international student enrollment. Read more>

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Spring 2016 College Enrollment Down Nationwide As US Economy Recovers From Recession

International Business Times, May 24, 2016

“The post recession hangover continues to affect enrollments of adult learners,” the clearinghouse’s executive research director, Doug Shapiro, said in a news release Monday. “However, the desire to attend college remains strong among traditional-aged students, whose enrollments held steady in spite of concerns about student debt and an overall decline in the number of high school graduates in the nation.” Read more>


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Local group helps women receive degrees after life challenges

Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 23, 2016

This is graduation season for thousands of Georgia college students, and many of metro Atlanta’s high school students are receiving diplomas this week. For many, transitioning from high school to college will be seamless. But for others, it can be bumpy, leading them to delay college or take time off once they get there. Read more>

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Colleges Advised to be More Transparent with Key Data on Outcomes

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 18, 2016

In order to demonstrate what they are doing for students, colleges and universities must be willing to let data tell their story and stop perpetuating the faulty notion that charging a hefty tuition necessarily means students are getting a better education.

Doug Shapiro, executive research director at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center—a nonprofit that tracks student outcomes for secondary and postsecondary schools that subscribe to the service—said the appeal to colleges and universities has to be how data can help them get better at what they do.

He said the National Student Clearinghouse could help to form a broader data education system because it is already entrusted by institutions of higher education to do work in the data collection realm.

It can be done today without new systems or regulations,” Shapiro said. Read more>

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Playbook for Transfer Created

Inside Higher Ed, May 17, 2016

Community college experts team up to develop a guide to help colleges and universities build success transfer pathways and increase bachelor’s completion. In January, the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Aspen Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a state-by-state report on transfer and found that transfer and graduation rates at some states is in the single digits. Read more>

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Secure, portable, digital ownership of academic credentials for students

The PIE News, May 13, 2016

The Groningen Declaration Network is a global group of stakeholders – from the public sector and commercial organisations – committed to achieving secure, portable, digital ownership of academic credentials for students. Read more >

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Snapshot Report 32: Yearly Success and Progress Rates