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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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Who Is More Likely to Default on Student Loans?

Liberty Street Economics, Nov. 20, 2017

Who is more likely to default on student loans? To answer this question, the New York Federal Reserve Bank utilizes a unique data set that matches the New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel, based on Equifax data, to National Student Clearinghouse education data, to track student debt and educational attainment over time. Read more>

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Four myths about student veterans

Raytheon, Nov. 22, 2017

Student veterans succeed at a higher rate than those who have never served; 72 percent graduation, as compared to 66 percent for non-veterans, according to the National Veteran Education Success Tracker, or NVEST, a research partnership between SVA, the U.S. department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Rural schools join forces to make college the rule rather than the exception

Hechinger Report, Nov. 17, 2017

Meadowbrook High School, which serves 490 students from across a sprawling 128-square-mile district in Southeast Ohio, is thriving when it comes to graduation rates and participation in higher education. In just a few short years, the school has managed to create a culture in which going to college is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Discover their approach.


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WVU President: For higher ed to survive, we’ve got to ‘blow up the box’

EducationDive, Nov. 16, 2017

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says our universities and colleges and higher ed in general are the economic driver of the country, he said, addressing a crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for the Committee on Economic Development’s policy conference. Read more>

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KCTCS, University of Kentucky Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

KYForward, Nov. 15, 2017

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward the KCTCS degree, if the credits for each institution align. Read more>


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Editorial: Focus on college retention will pay dividends

Williamson Daily News, Nov. 8, 2017

Kentucky public universities recently put out the call to former college students who left without a degree – come back and finish. The new Project Graduate program is making a special effort to reach out to those who have 80 or more credit hours, and offer them special assistance and considerations to help them get their bachelor’s degree. The goal, officials say, is to boost the quality of the Kentucky workforce. Read more about some college, no degree.


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We Need to Improve the Transfer Experience

The EvoLLLution, Oct. 31, 2017

There is a clear need to improve the experience for students who transfer. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, less than 14 percent of community college students go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in six years. Read more>

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Data on Community College Grads Who Earn Graduate Degrees

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 2, 2017

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this week released new data on the numbers of graduate and professional degree earners who first began their postsecondary studies at a community college. Read more>

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How to ace the transfer to a 4-year college

Associated Press, Nov. 1, 2017

Transferring from community college to a university should be as simple as basic math: Two years at the first school plus two years at the second equals a bachelor’s degree. But the equation is often more complicated. Learn more>


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Kentucky universities stepping up adult college completion efforts

The Lane Post, Nov. 3, 2016

Kentucky’s public four-year universities are reaching out this fall to recruit former students with a high number of credit hours back to college to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Read more>

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Elon Registrar’s Office wins research award

Elon University, Nov. 1, 2017

Elon’s proposal, Mining Co-Curricular Data to Improve Retention, was selected for inclusion in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Track at AACRAO’s 27th Annual Strategic Enrollment Management conference. Read more> 

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Transfer students still lose lots of credits

Community College Daily, Sept. 14, 2017

Community college students lose a substantial amount of credits when transferring to a four- or two-year institution, which is due in part to poor coordination among the participating colleges and an inability to effectively communicate the transfer process and policies to students, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Learn more>

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Colleges need to do more to help students transfer credits, GAO says

The Washington Post, Sept. 14, 2017

Students lose nearly half of the college credits they earn transferring from one school to another, placing them at risk of exhausting federal grants and loans to repeat courses, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. Learn more>

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The Bermuda Triangle of Credit Transfer

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017

The path students must follow to move from one institution to another is riddled with potholes and roadblocks that stop many of them in their tracks. A trio of new reports from different sources illustrate just how vexing the transfer process is. Learn more>

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