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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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Rochester’s Career Center using data to connect students, employers

University of Rochester News Center, March 23, 2017

The University of Rochester has good news about undergraduate alumni who earned their degrees between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. A survey put out by the University’s Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, along with data from other sources, showed that:

  • The average salary is $56,000.
  • Ninety percent are either working or continuing their education.
  • They’ve been hired by major companies like Apple, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, General Motors, and Google.

“We’re very pleased with the results,” says Vanessa Newton, director of assessment data and operations at the Career Center. “It really says a lot about the University of Rochester.”

She compiles her data by sending surveys to recent University graduates, consulting with faculty and staff, gathering information supplied by the National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit organization that tracks data on graduates who are continuing their education), and checking student profiles on LinkedIn. Read more>


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Survey Says: College Presidents Concerned About Transparency

New America, March 15, 2017

As mandated by Congress, the Department of Education collects graduation rates for first-time (i.e., non-transfer or returning), full-time enrollees only. But at public four-year institutions, 27 percent of students are part-time; and at public two-year institutions, it’s more than 60 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. And with a larger proportion of older students, as well, the completion rates for first-time, full-time students may not be representative of the student population at many public institutions. The Department recently created another alternative, requiring institutions to begin reporting data that include cohorts of part-time and non-first-time students; once those data are published, it may help to mitigate some of these concerns for public college presidents. Read more>

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Charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem: Few students go on to earn college degrees

USA Today, March 14, 2017

Recent findings suggest that attending a charter school will likely push students toward attending a four-year college, but the most comprehensive research so far, from the high school class of 2008, (according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center) put the six-year college completion rate for charter high school students at just 23% for four-year colleges. Another 5% earned degrees from two-year colleges. Researchers cautioned that the sample size was small, however, and subject to “higher variance and uncertainty” than the much larger group of district high school graduates. Read more>

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Visualizing the Many Routes Community College Students Take to Complete a Bachelor’s Degree

Community College Research Center, March 13, 2017

By John Fink

Last year, Davis Jenkins and I released a report showing that too few students who start at a community college are able to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree. We tracked a cohort of about 720,000 entering, degree-seeking community college students and found that only about 100,000, or 14 percent, completed a bachelor’s degree within six years. Transfer research by CCRC and others, including work on bachelor’s-aspiring community college entrants, institutional transfer performance, two- and four-year college partnerships, and credit-transfer efficiency, is shedding more light on why so few community college entrants transfer and complete bachelor’s degrees. Read more>


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Vermont 4-H’ers Attend College at Higher Than Average Rates, According to UVM Analysis

University of Vermont, March 10, 2017

Vermonters who participate in 4-H attend college at higher rates than average, according to an assessment of student data conducted by the University of Vermont. The UVM assessment was based on student data collected by the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Good news for college applicants: Getting in is easier than they think

Hechinger Report, March 8, 2017

As selective as they’d like prospective students to believe they are, colleges and universities have been watching enrollment decline for five years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Last year alone, it dropped 1.4 percent, or by about 270,000 students, at institutions nationwide, the center’s executive research director, Doug Shapiro, said. Read more>

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Education chief: Kansas needs to double college attainment rate

Associated Press, March 8, 2017

Citing a report from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, The state of Kansas, Education Commissioner Randy Watson Watson said that by 2020, 71 percent of the jobs in Kansas will require some level of post-secondary education. But according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks post-secondary enrollment and progress nationwide, only about 65 percent of Kansas students who graduated in 2010 enrolled in college the following year. And six years after graduation, fewer than 40 percent had earned any kind of degree or training certificate.

Do you see already the issue that the State Board of Education is wrestling with? Watson asked. If only 65 percent start, and we need 70 to 75 percent, we already have a gap. Read more>

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Guest Column: College education doesn’t have to be one-size-fits all

Baraboo News Republic, March 7, 2017

By Cathy Sandeen is chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension

A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that today nearly half of the four-year college graduates nationally started at a two-year college. It’s no longer the alternative path to a college education, but the launch many see as the best way to start a four-year degree. Read more>

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Ohio State President Touts Education Opportunities at OSU-Mansfield

Richland Source, March 3, 2017

“Regional campuses do a wonderful job of providing access to students from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances around Ohio,” said Dr. Michael Drake, president of The Ohio State University. Ohio State Mansfield in particular has had exceptional retention and graduation rates over the past few years. In a National Student Clearinghouse study of students who started college between 2007 and 2009, 85 percent of students who started at OSU-Mansfield were retained or graduated from a 2- or 4-year institution within six years. Read more>

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Study: Veterans do better in college than comparable civilians

Military Times, Feb. 24, 2017

The National Veteran Education Success Tracker, or NVEST, project found that student veterans earn degrees at rates better than comparable nonveteran students. But pinpointing a completion or success rate for this group remains difficult and highly open to interpretation. By one measure, it’s 72 percent. By another, 42 percent. Read the story>

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Despite family and work commitments, student veterans outpace classmates

The Hechinger Report, Feb. 24, 2017

Despite often having to juggle schoolwork with jobs and families, veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are finishing at rates slightly higher than their classmates, a new report shows.

The report says 53.6 percent of veterans using GI Bill benefits who arrived on campus in the fall of 2009 had graduated within six years, compared to 52.9 percent of students overall. Another 18 percent were still enrolled. Read more>

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College Can Improve Transfer Rates

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 16, 2017

Millions of community college students started the new school year with big plans: study for a couple of years before transferring and earning a bachelor’s degree. Meet with students on any comprehensive community college campus and you can hear the determination in their voices as they talk about their focus on getting to graduation so they can make a good life after college. The odds are against them. Discover more>

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As Community Colleges ‘Have Their Moment,’ Leaders Face Tough Challenges

EdSurge, Feb. 13, 2017

Nationwide, enrollments in community colleges have been declining for several years, in part because the job market as a whole has been improving, so fewer people have felt the need to head back to school. And even as some states and cities propose efforts to make two-year colleges free to students, the broader trend is that many state governments have scaled back public support for community colleges in recent years. Read the EdSurge story>

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5 Tips to Getting Through College Faster

Black Enterprise, Feb. 15, 2017

Tip 1: Prioritize school over work. While paying bills and earning income are important, don’t let it supplant educational goals. Data in “Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates,” a report by the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, illustrates that degree completion rates (for two, four, and six years) are highly affected by “enrollment intensity.” Most students who only attend part-time are less likely to graduate on time or at all. Discover other tips>

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