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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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North Idaho College adopts program to make transferring credits easier

The Spokesman-Review, April 12, 2018

North Idaho College has adopted a program that helps students transfer to other schools without losing credits or repeating courses, a common problem that deters many students from finishing their degrees. Learn more>

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: 6 Ways to Detect Lies In Job Interviews

Small Business Trends, April 10, 2018

Some job candidates use meaningless degrees from “diploma mills” to make themselves sound more skilled, so if you’ve never heard of a candidate’s alma mater, make sure it’s legitimate. How can you verify education? The Society for Human Resources management recommends contacting the National Student ClearinghouseLearn more>


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Community college plays significant role in higher education

By Suzanne M. Johnson, president of Green River College, April 11, 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). Read more>

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Pilot Linking Degrees and Earnings Gets First Try at U Texas

Campus Technology, April 10, 2018

SeekUT presents information about post-college outcomes for UT graduates living across the country — not just in Texas. SeekUT has been in use since 2014, tapping data obtained through partnerships with various state agencies as well as the National Student Clearinghouse and the Employment Projections program at the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsLearn more>

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Maryville U, The Next Southern New Hampshire?

Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2018

Maryville University may not be particularly well-known. But if Mark Lombardi, the university’s president, succeeds with his plans for Maryville, it will become a national name with the rapid expansion of its online arm. Learn more>


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Marion City Schools keep tabs on recent graduates to help guide their success

Marion Star (Ohio) April 9, 2018

For many high school students, graduation is an exciting time and one that signals the next chapter in life. But it can also be a period marked with uncertainty. To help ease post-graduation anxiety, Marion City Schools developed a program that followed a group of Marion Harding students from the class of 2017 as they adjusted to life out of high school. Learn more>

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For-profit colleges struggle despite assist from DeVos

Associated Press, April 9, 2018

Student enrollment at most four-year for-profit colleges fell in 2017 to just over 901,000, down nearly 69,000 from the year before, according to data compiled by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. It’s a downward trend that began in the fall of 2010. Read more>

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Colleges slowly come around to accepting transfer students’ work

The Washington Post, April 8, 2018

Thirty-seven percent of students today transfer at least once in their college careers, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks the issue; of those, nearly half change schools more than once. Now, there are signs schools are slowly lowering the barriers for transfer students, as much as in their own self-interest as in the students’. Read more>

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Arizona professor uses student-ID card data to help predict dropouts

AZCentral.com, March 26, 2018

“Of all the students who drop out at the end of the first year, with our social integration measures, we’re able to do a prediction at the end of the first 12 weeks of the semester with 85 to 90 percent recall,” Professor Sudha Ram said. “That means out of the 2,000 students who drop out, we’re able to identify 1,800.” Ram believes the study shows that it could be possible to use the IDs for predictive analytics. Discover more>

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Iowa Board of Regents Push for Reverse Transfer

The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), March 22, 2018

The Iowa Department of Education together with the Board of Regents announced efforts to help community college students who transfer to a four-year university before earning a degree more easily receive a retroactive credential from the school they left. Read more about reverse transfer>

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Higher Ed Administrators and Tech Teams Must Collaborate To Navigate Complex Ed-Tech Environment

Rick Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse, March 15, 2018

Nearly 25 years ago, higher education helped form the Clearinghouse with a simple principle in mind: establish a trusted and secure environment through which to relieve the administrative burdens related to school compliance-based activities for the benefit of students, administrators, institutions, and the federal government. Read the op-ed>

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Current Term Enrollment Estimates - Fall 2017