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Missouri adopts performance-based funding for higher education

Washington Examiner, Jan. 7, 2018

The Coordinating Board for Higher Education in Missouri approved a plan on Tuesday that links 10 percent of all state funding for publicly-funded colleges to their performance. This performance-based portion of the funding will be determined by metrics such as degree completion, budget practices, and job-placement rates. Read more>

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Even with help, Olympic athletes struggle to balance their sports with college

Hechinger Report, Jan. 5, 2018

Olympic athletes and hopefuls may comprise only a tiny handful of the nontraditional-age adults trying to get higher educations. But their struggles with finding the money and time to do it, among other problems, offer a surprising, high-performance illustration of the problems legions of older students face in common. Read more>

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Who Is Studying Online (and Where)

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 5, 2018

The number of college students enrolled in at least one online course — and the proportion of all enrolled students who are studying online — continued to rise at U.S. institutions in the 2016 academic year, newly released federal data show. Discover more>

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Eastern Wyoming College to Offer Electronic Transcripts

StarHerald.com, Jan. 5, 2018

The Eastern Wyoming College Records Office will no longer be sending paper transcripts of student’s grades to transferring colleges and universities, potential employers, and others. The new agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse will allow for the issuance of transcripts electronically which will decrease the time necessary for sending and receiving transcripts. Learn more>

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Idaho college enrollment continues to increase

Idaho Ed News, Jan. 3, 2018

Idaho’s college enrollment numbers surpassed a milestone — and defied a downward national trend. Idaho’s undergraduate enrollment totaled 100,851, according to fall 2017 statistics from the National Student Clearinghouse. In clearing the 100,000 plateau, Idaho also saw a 1.6 percent enrollment increase. Read more>


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As Flow of Foreign Students Wanes, U.S. Universities Feel the Sting

The New York Times, Jan. 2, 2018

Just as many universities believed that the financial wreckage left by the 2008 recession was behind them, campuses across the country have been forced to make new rounds of cuts, this time brought on, in large part, by a loss of international students. Read the story>

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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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