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Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

The Pew Charitable Trusts, May 15, 2017

In some cases, a certificate is a stepping stone to higher education. About one in four students who earn a certificate go on to earn an associate or a bachelor’s degree within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. But that number may be inflated, because some certificates — like Ivy Tech’s liberal arts certificate — are embedded in degree programs. Learn more>

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Student veterans aren’t as hard to serve as we say

EducationDive, May 11, 2017

Student veterans actually have a higher success rate than students overall, with success rate defined as completion or continued enrollment. Among veterans, the success rate is 72 percent. A parallel rate for the nation as a whole, using data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, is 67 percent. Read more>

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Why every student should consider community college

USA Today College, May 9, 2017

I made the choice to go to community college because it was the only choice I thought was possible for me in the moment. And at that moment in my life, it destroyed me. Fast forward a few months: I was attending community college. For a short while I resented it completely, but it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with my school…learn why>

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NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “College Completion Rates”

Southern Farm Network, May 8, 2017

All individuals who begin college don’t necessarily finish and receive a degree. What do the statistics tell us on the percentage of college entrants who do get a degree? NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden explains. Listen to the interview>

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Gender gap in US science PhD degrees persists

Nature, May 8, 2017

It’s no surprise that the number of PhD degrees in scientific and related disciplines conferred upon US students has leapt by half in the past decade — from about 18,000 in 2006 to more than 27,000 in 2016 — according to a recent report. But “Snapshot Report – Science and Engineering Degree Completion by Gender,” released last month by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in Herndon, Virginia, shows that the proportion of women who earn those degrees has stayed stagnant — at a dismal 39%. Read the story>

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Tennessee Promise hits milestone as students graduate

The Tennessean, May 6, 2017

Saturday marked a momentous day for Breanna Burchett, who earned her degree from Volunteer State Community College without accumulating a mountain of debt. The Cookeville, Tenn., native was among the first large crop of Tennessee Promise students to graduate, about three years after Gov. Bill Haslam first unveiled the landmark scholarship program offering recent high school graduates the chance to go to community college tuition-free. Read more>

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Commencement just the beginning for College of Dupage students

Ann Rondeau, President of College of DuPage, May 3, 2017

For half a century, we have been a place of opportunity for so many, and we are not alone. A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center states that 49 percent of the 1.8 million baccalaureate earners in the 2015-16 academic year were enrolled in two-year schools at some point during the previous 10 years.

Former student Ted Raspiller admits that his first year at a four-year school did not go well. He switched to College of Dupage, which he said changed the course of his life, and he is now president of Virginia’s John Tyler Community College. Read Rondeau’s op-ed.

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New Report Confirms the Large Racial Gap in College Completion Rates

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, May 1, 2017

An interesting statistic found in the report is that the college complete rate shrinks significantly for nontraditional students who entered college at an older age. For students ages 25 or older who entered college in 2010, the Black-White college completion rate gap was 12.9 percentage points. This is almost half the racial gap that existed for traditional age students. Learn more>

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Graduation Rates and Race

Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2017

College completion rates vary widely along racial and ethnic lines, with black and Hispanic students earning credentials at a much lower rate than white and Asian students do, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>

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Research: Community College Pays Off

Campus Technology, April 18, 2017

Earning a two-year degree pays off. Specifically, completing an associate degree yields an average of $4,640 to $7,160 more per year than entering college and not completing a program. So concluded a research project by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, which is a government-funded research center that examines the financial returns on various education pathways. Read more>

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National Student Clearinghouse and iQ4 Place First in Best Practices Competition

PESC, April 17, 2017

The Board of Directors of PESC is pleased to announce iQ4 and the National Student Clearinghouse as 1st Place Winners of PESC’s 18th Annual Best Practices Competition for its submission, “Extending the Capacity of Higher Education to Scale the Output of Verified Workforce-Ready Graduates.” The overall goal of this initiative is “to scale the next generation workforce by accelerating technology risk and cybersecurity skills training,” and is accomplished through a financial, industry-driven coalition, the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA). Read the news>


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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2017

Computer science and engineering are gaining in popularity as undergraduate and graduate courses of study. But in a trend that could further solidify for decades a gender-based earnings gap, men continue to flock to those lucrative disciplines in significantly larger numbers than women.

Nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees earned in the sciences and engineering in the 2015-2016 academic year went to women, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Read the story or our blog.>

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When It Pays to Start at a Community College

Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2017

Starting at a community college is more popular than you might think. Of the students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from U.S. institutions in 2016, 49% had attended a community college, and two-thirds of those did so for three or more terms, according to National Student Clearinghouse data. Read more>

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Senior Class: Back to School at 50+ for Income, Family, Community

New America Media, April 7, 2017

Across the United States, college enrollment has been dropping, although the number of people earning degrees is rebounding after slumping in the wake of the Great Recession. Data from the latest study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released in December shows that 38 percent of adults over age 24 completed college in 2010, a slight increase over 2009. Read more>

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Knocking at the College Door: Understanding and Adapting to Demographic Shifts

The EvoLLLution, April 6, 2017

The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) has released its sixth version of a report that tracks the number of high school graduates in the U.S. WICHE’s report, Knocking at the College Door, provides a useful picture for what college entry will look like over the next 20 years. Read more>

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6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time

The New York Times, April 6, 2017

The longer it takes, the less likely a student is to make it to graduation: A quarter of students drop out after four years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, and most say it’s because of money. Cost, indeed, is a major issue for many families — in-state tuition and fees run $8,940 on average at public institutions, $28,308 at private ones. Many of those who finish in five or six years have either unnecessarily drained their parents’ bank accounts or end up in a lot more debt. Read more>

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Student Debt and Home Buying

Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2017

Federal Reserve Bank of New York study suggests student loans don’t play a major role in limiting borrowers’ ability to buy a home later. The authors examined a sample of individuals born between 1980 and 1986, relying on the National Student Clearinghouse and a Federal Reserve Bank of New York database that contains longitudinal information about consumer debt and credit. Read more>

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George Mason, NOVA Partner to Help Students to Four-Year Degree

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, April 3, 2017

George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to announce a groundbreaking partnership to assist students as they transfer from a two-year program and earn a four-year undergraduate degree. Read more>

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Electronic transcripts to ease student, counselor burden

(Memphis) Commercial Appeal, March 31, 2017

A new tool from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission aims to ease guidance counselor’s workload when it comes to helping students apply to college. The Electronic Transcript Exchange means guidance counselors can quickly submit students’ transcripts to colleges, and students can track the delivery of their documents to their hopeful future school. Read more

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Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

Government Executive, March 28, 2017

Tracking student outcomes through and after post-secondary education allows agencies and organizations to generate reliable evidence about how well their programs work and whether the results justify the costs. By embedding an evaluation into an existing program and using existing data through the National Student Clearinghouse, the researchers were able to demonstrate—inexpensively, in terms of research costs—that Bottom Line is producing effects that appear to justify its substantial program cost. Ongoing research will continue to inform this benefit-cost calculation. This strategy is being used by Bottom Line, an intensive college advising program that operates in Massachusetts, New York, and Chicago. Read more>

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Snapshot Report 32: Yearly Success and Progress Rates