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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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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>

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Texas leads nation in university enrollment growth

Houston Chronicle, Dec. 20, 2017

About 1.5 million students studied at Texas universities this past semester, representing a 2.5-percent increase in enrollment, according to the National Student Clearinghouse research center. Growth in Texas — more than 34,400 students year over year — was the biggest of any state nationwide, and came as the number of students in two- and four-year institutions dropped in the U.S. The state with the next-highest enrollment growth was Arizona, with more than 15,100 students. Read the story>

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Enrollments Are Down But the Gender Gap Has Widened

WIAReport, Dec. 20, 2017

New report shows there were 10,787,270 women enrolled in higher education this fall compared to 8,024,010 men. Thus, women were 57.3 percent of total enrollments in higher education. In 2017, enrollments of women were down 0.7 percent from a year ago. Male enrollments were down by 1.5 percent, more than double the rate for women. Read the story>

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Nearly 2% drop in public two-year college enrollments

Community College Daily, Dec. 20, 2017

New data indicate that enrollments at public two-year colleges continue to drop but at a slower rate. More than 97,000 fewer students (a 1.7 percent drop) enrolled in public two-year colleges in fall 2017 compared to fall 2016, according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Read the story>

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University enrollment decline continues into sixth straight year

Hechinger Report, Dec. 20, 2017

University enrollment continued to decline in the fall for the sixth straight year, adding more bad news to the woes of financially stretched colleges and universities, new figures show. In all, the ranks of university and college undergraduates dropped by nearly 224,000. That’s even after taking into account an increase of 24,000 more students in graduate and professional programs. Read the story>

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How Georgia State Stopped Students From Slipping Through The Cracks

WABE Radio, Dec. 18, 2017

“We used 10 years of data, 2.5 million Georgia State grades, 140,000 student records,” said Tim Renick, GSU’s vice provost and vice president for enrollment management and student success. “What we were doing in the data is looking for academic behaviors in the past that correlated to students dropping and flunking out.” Read the story>

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The emerging future of higher ed credentials

University Business, Nov. 24, 2017

So, how do we get to the next level, where schools can recognize and accept for-credit microcredentials and learning experiences? The Lumina Foundation has been pursuing this goal through the Connecting Credentials effort, which launched in 2015 (connectingcredentials.org). This framework laid the foundation for defining competencies in structured sets leading to microcredentials that could be recognized on a wide scale. Read the story.

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Dual enrollment has drastic state-by-state differences

eCampus News, Dec. 7, 2017

A new study from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center examines each state to gauge how many high school students are taking community college classes and how they do when they move on to college. Read the story>

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President of the Year: California Community Colleges Chancellor

Education Dive, Dec. 4, 2017

An Army veteran and product of California Community Colleges, Chancellor Oakley sees his mission as simplifying the path to completion for all students, and particularly those with similar lots in life to his own. Read the EducationDIVE story.

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Rural America’s Neglected Higher-Education Problem

The Atlantic, Dec. 4, 2017

Only 59 percent of rural high-school graduates enroll in college the subsequent fall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. That’s a lower proportion than students from urban and suburban areas. Read more>

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Since 2012-13, First-Time Graduates Age 25 and Over Down by Nearly 50,000

Clearinghouse Today, Nov. 20, 2017

According to the Research Center’s 2017 Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, first-time graduates, associate and bachelor’s degrees combined, in the 25 and over age group dropped 7.0 percent compared to the previous year, reflecting post-recession enrollment declines among older students. Since 2012-13, the number of first-time graduates in the 25 and over age group has declined by nearly 50,000. Read more>


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The Other Student Debt Crisis

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017

First, we need better information about the scale and structure of institutional debt. How many current and former students owe unpaid balances? How much, and for what? What academic progress had they made? How do these patterns of debt, stopping out and credit earning break down by academic sector, geography and student demography? These are questions that can’t be answered institution by institution. They require the expertise of big-data agencies like the National Center for Educational Statistics or the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Arizona organization helps students prepare for college, FAFSA

Arizona School Boards Association, Nov. 28, 2017

Jessica Solis, a Be A Leader college-going counselor in the Phoenix office, works with 140 kids every year to help them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and get into the right college. Solis said that students in the senior boot camp program earned a combined total of $3.2 million in scholarships. Learn more>

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The surprising Maine county that sends so many kids to college

Bangor Daily News, Nov. 27, 2017

All throughout Maine’s Aroostook County, it appears adults — whether teachers, family members or business owners — are making a point to catch and encourage young people in their schooling, so they might continue on to some type of college. Discover what they are doing>


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See how well Maine high schools do sending poorer kids to college

Maine Focus, Nov. 29, 2017

In general, schools with lower poverty rates were likely to see a larger share of their graduating classes go on to finish two- or four-year degree programs within the six years after high school graduation. The analysis is limited only to the graduating classes in 2009 and 2010, based on the best available data from the National Student Clearinghouse and published by the Maine Department of Education. Read more>

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Snapshot Report 32: Yearly Success and Progress Rates