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Wisconsin Association of Private Colleges and Universities: College access and affordability emphasized in 2016 Wisconsin Private College Week

WisPolitics.com, May 12, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, nationally 53 percent of students who began college in 2009 finished their degree by 2015, while for Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities 70 percent completed their degrees in the same time period. Read more >

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Cal State Fullerton Honors Student Veterans

CSUF News Service, May 11, 2016

Hundreds of family members, friends, fellow veterans and Cal State Fullerton staff members were on hand to honor student veterans Saturday, April 30, at the ninth annual Veterans Appreciation Night. This year, more than 180 student veterans are expected to graduate from the University. Read more >

To continue its support of veterans, the Clearinghouse recently launched a Veterans Compliance Reporting Website. Read more>

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Transfers are more common among college students, and schools must adapt

Minnesota Star-Tribune, May 9, 2016

Private colleges in Minnesota also enroll more transfer students than their peer institutions in other states save for New York, according to a February 2015 study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. One in five students who completed a four-year degree at a nonprofit, private Minnesota college originally enrolled at another school. Read more >

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College persistence rates up for third straight year

Education Dive, May 9, 2016

College persistence rates are up for the third year in a row, showing a rebound as the effects of the recession on student retention finally start to diminish. Read more >

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Editorial: ‘Gap year’ may improve college success

The Des Moines Register, May 5, 2016

About 30 percent of students who started college in the fall of 2013 did not return to any U.S. college in the fall of 2014, according to the most recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Think about that. Nearly one in three students. They didn’t transfer to a different school. They didn’t go back.

In Iowa, only about 40 percent of students who enter a four-year public college graduate in four years. Less than 70 percent graduate in six years. Read more >


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How to improve your odds of graduating debt-free from college

Dallas Morning News, April 28, 2016

Only about two out of five students who start at a two-year college complete their studies within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, compared with nearly 80% who first enroll in a public four-year institution. Read more>

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Background Checks: A Rock and a Hard Place

Big Ideas for Small Business, April 26, 2016

As a general rule, it’s not illegal for an employer to do a background check (other than medical or genetic history). Thus, under federal law employers can check a job applicant’s work history, education, criminal record, financial history, and social media postings. You can check an applicant’s education claims as part of an overall background search. A separate check can be made through the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more >

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Westchester Community College pushes for transfer agreements with area colleges

Westfair Communications, April 14, 2016

Westchester Community College has partnered with Manhattanville College and The College of New Rochelle in an attempt to ease the process of transferring from its two-year programs to four-year degrees. That brings the school’s total partnerships to 10.

In its 2014-19 strategic plan, WCC specifically noted a goal to both increase the number of students transferring after graduation and the “transfer pathways” for students to follow. Nearly 50 percent of the students who completed a degree at four-year institutions in the 2013-14 academic year had enrolled at a two-year institution at some point, according to a May 2015 report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more >

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Navigating The Transition From School To The Workplace

The Diane Rehm Show,  April 14, 2016

Today’s college graduates are taking longer to find a job and settle into a career. High levels of student debt add to the challenge. Hear some of the nation’s experts discuss navigating the transition from college to the workforce. Listen to this radio interview of:

Jeffrey Selingo regular contributor on higher education, the Washington Post; author, “There is Life After College: What Parents And Students Should Know About Navigating School To Prepare For The Jobs Of Tomorrow”

Anthony Carnevale director and research professor, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University

Kristen Hamilton CEO and co-founder, Koru

Andy Chan vice president for innovation and career development, Wake Forest University

“According to the National Student Clearinghouse, there are many more people in their 20s than in any other age group right now, who have some college credit and no degree. So we’re sending all of these people to college and they’re leaving before they have a degree. And if you look at any employment ad, nobody ever says, some college credit, no degree necessary. Right?” said Jeff Selingo.


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‘Nontraditional’ students showcase a different Miami experience

The Miami Student, April 8, 2016

Patrick Carroll designs his own board games. He plays the bassoon, electric bass and multiple percussion instruments. He was a street performer and stand-up comedian, is head tutor at the Rinella Learning Center and, like many undergraduates, does not know what he wants to do after finishing his bachelor’s degree in physics. Carroll is 31 years old.

Although they may seem unusual, “nontraditional” students like Carroll are more common than some may think. According to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, over a third of current college students are over 25. Read more >

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Will You Sprint, Stroll or Stumble Into a Career?

The New York Times, April 5, 2016

There are 12.5 million 20-somethings with some college credits and no degree, by far the largest share of the 31 million adults who leave college short of a degree, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. In many ways, these young adults are no better off financially than high-school graduates who never attempted college at all. Employers, after all, don’t advertise they want “some college.” They want a degree. Read more >

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Arkansas program is doubling college completion rates

KHTV, April 1, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A new study titled College Count$ demonstrates that low-income students who have participated in the Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) earn associate degrees or technical certificates at more than double the rate of the general community college population in Arkansas. The findings are especially significant considering that students who participate in CPI must qualify for public assistance, live at 250 percent or less of the poverty level and support a family as a custodial parent.

Additionally, the College Count$ results show that CPI students outperform Community College students nationally. According to National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 39 percent of students nationwide enrolled at a two-year public college in 2008 completed an associate degree or certificate by 2014. In comparison, 62 percent of CPI students who enrolled at an Arkansas community college in 2008 completed at least one degree or certificate by 2013 – a rate more than 50 percent higher than the national average for the community college student body. Read more >

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In-state and interstate initiatives aim to improve transfer pathways

EducationDive, April 1, 2016

Fully one-third of all students transfer before graduating with a degree. According to the National Clearinghouse Research Center, 14.6% of all 2014 bachelor’s degree recipients started their studies in a state different from the one in which they graduated.

Though just getting off the ground, the Interstate Passport Initiative aims to smooth the transfer pathway for these students, who are left out of in-state programs. Read more>

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Skipping college may be the new normal

CNBC, March 28, 1016

Nationally, the college completion rate fell to about 52 percent of students from 56 percent over the past three years at both public and private four-year institutions, while college enrollment has also declined overall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

“What we are seeing is that there is a growing variety in the kinds of pathways students take,” said Jason DeWitt, the research manager at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more >

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Improving Veterans Compliance Reporting

AACRAO, March 23, 2016

By the end of May, the first stage of a revamped veterans’ compliance reporting system should be ready, according to presenters at AACRAO’s 2016 Annual Meeting—and that new system is promising to be a “near-term ecosystem win,” said Rick Torres, president and CEO of National Student Clearinghouse and moderator for the panel discussion that included expert school administration and student veteran representatives. Read more>

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How college advising in Chicago Public Schools got a whole lot smarter

Catalyst Chicago, March 21, 2016

In 2004, under the administration of Arne Duncan, Chicago became one of the first districts to contract with the National Student Clearinghouse to find out how many CPS June graduates had actually enrolled in college the following fall. The disappointing baseline number—just 43 percent—lent urgency to the effort to improve.

By 2012, the Chicago Public School college enrollment rate was approaching 60 percent, within striking distance of the national average of 63 percent. A national expert on higher education described the change in Chicago as “one of the miracles of my lifetime.” Read more >

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Rauner shackles higher education in Illinois

Chicago Tribune, March 15, 2016

Last month, the National Student Clearinghouse, a trusted source of information on educational outcomes, said Illinois public universities rank best in the nation in completion rates for part-time students and for adult learners, defined as those who start college later than the age of 24. Overall, 87 percent of full-time students at Illinois public universities graduate within six years, 7 percentage points higher than the national average, the clearinghouse said. Read more >

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Mixed results on degree earners

Community College Daily, March 10, 2016

New data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center yield mixed results for community college students. Community colleges appear to be doing a good job helping students transfer and succeed at four-year institutions as well as training students for jobs. Where they seem to miss their target is increasing the number of students who are earning their first college credential. Read more >

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College Degrees Are on the Rise, But Not Among Older Americans

The Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2016

College attainment continues to climb, but not among all age groups. And a growing share of those earning undergraduate degrees had prior degrees or certificates. Those are the two big findings in research released this week by the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit that collects student data from colleges and universities. Read more >

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Texas A&M International Launches New eTranscript Ordering System

Texas A&M International University, March 8, 2016

A new transcript ordering system at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will dramatically cut wait times for official University transcripts from days to minutes.

“This new service automates much of what was previously a manual system that was just as frustrating for employees as it was for students who were unfairly inconvenienced,” explained TAMIU Registrar Juan G. García. Read more >

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Snapshot Report 32: Yearly Success and Progress Rates