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Why so many college students decide to transfer

The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2017

Going through the college admissions process once can be emotionally wrenching — but more than a third of students choose do it again. A 2015 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than a third of college students transfer and that nearly half of those do it more than once. Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, explains the reasons why so many students are choosing to move. Read more>


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Three ways colleges can best use institutional data

eCampus News, Jan. 23, 2017

Colleges and universities can avoid “institutional blind spots” in policy and practice by making better use of their institutional data, writes Jack Neill of HelioCampus. In this commentary, he proposes three ways leaders can use data to get a full view of what students need to succeed. Read more>


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Iowa on track to meet college-degree goals

The Gazette, Jan. 22, 2017

A report shows that Iowa is on track to meet its goal to have 70% of its workforce hold a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025, finding that 71% of the state’s 2010 high-school graduates enrolled in such programs. The key, state officials say, is to focus on helping those students complete their degrees. Read more>


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Study shows significant majority of Appalachian State University students employed or continuing their education within a year of graduation

Appalachian State University News, Jan. 13, 2017

Key data are being tracked regarding the success of Appalachian State University students after they graduate, and the initial results are promising. A recent study found that 85 percent of undergraduate and nearly 100 percent of graduate alumni, tracked from Appalachian’s 2015 graduating class, were either employed or enrolled in some level of post-secondary education within one year of graduation. Read more>

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Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

CIO Review, Jan. 8, 2017

The question of interest is how do colleges collect and use big data to predict and improve the success of students (persistence and completion). More precisely, how do institutions determine students who are less likely to succeed, and create interventions that increase a student’s likelihood to succeed? Read the article>

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She started college as a single mother at age 18. Now she has a diploma.

The Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2017

After the graduation and before the marriage ceremony, Emerita Ayala’s family gathered one recent afternoon at a Mexican restaurant in Northern Virginia for a lunch to celebrate her big day.

The 23-year-old, still in her green graduation gown, had just been awarded a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University. The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants in Fairfax County, Ayala was the first in her family to get a college diploma. She had overcome formidable obstacles: When she started, she was a single teenage mother. Read more>

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Pennsylvania is among the five states experiencing the largest decline in enrollment

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dec. 25, 2016

Pennsylvania is among the five states experiencing the largest decline in enrollment, having lost more than 18,000 students since fall of 2015. New York saw the biggest change in enrollment during the past year, where colleges and universities collectively lost more than 30,000 students. Read more>

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Community Voices: KHSD students increasingly ready for the next step

Bakersfield.com, Dec. 21, 2016

Nearly 87 percent of Kern County students graduate from high school, higher than the state average (based on numbers from the California Department of Education), and 60 percent of graduates enroll in college right after high school, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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College Students Who Transfer Often Lose Credits and Money

Goodcall, Dec. 21, 2016

Almost half of college students will attend more than one school in the quest to earn a bachelor’s degree, and there’s a link between the number of schools a student attends and how long it takes to graduate after a transfer. Read more>

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Idaho College Enrollment Increases

Idaho Ed News, Dec. 21, 2016

Idaho’s numbers defy national trends. Fall enrollment increased in only 11 states and the District of Columbia. Idaho’s enrollment increased by 2.5 percent, and only New Hampshire and Utah experienced a more robust increase. Nationally, college enrollment dropped by 1.4 percent, coming in at slightly below 18.7 million. Read more>

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Engineering majors increase in popularity — as language and literature fall out of favor

MarketWatch, Dec. 20, 2016

All those pep talks finally paid off. College students appear to be getting the message drilled into them by their parents and society at large: major in something that will make you some money. Read the MarketWatch story>

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For-profit woes shrink college population

Chicago Tribune, Dec. 19, 2016

Plummeting enrollment at for-profit colleges drove a 270,000-person decline in the number of undergraduate and graduate students across the U.S. this fall, and Illinois. Nearly 165,000 fewer students enrolled in for-profit colleges nationwide, a 14.5 percent year-over-year decline, according to a report released Monday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>

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Fall enrollments dip again

Community College Daily, Dec. 19, 2016

Two-year public colleges enrolled about 153,000 fewer students (a 2.6 percent decrease) compared to fall 2015. Although enrollments in the sector continues to decrease, it’s doing so at a lower rate. The decrease rate in fall 2015 was 2.0 percent and 4.4 percent in fall 2014, according to (National Student Clearinghouse) biannual enrollment report. Read more>

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Higher ed seeks new ways to spur workforce development

EducationDIVE, Dec. 12, 2016

Can you earn a degree in the field you love and make money doing it? Institutions and advocacy organizations are using program creation and scholarship support to expose students to higher paying career options. Read more in EducationDive>

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Just because your kids are headed off to college, it doesn’t mean they’ll graduate

The Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2016

Every fall, nearly 70 percent of new high school graduates start college. For parents, the expectation is that a few years later their children will get another diploma at college commencement. Think again. Read Jeff Selingo’s story>

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South Dakota universities tackle workforce shortage problem

Watertown Public Opinion, Dec. 9, 2016

“The supply of new jobs is growing, and those new jobs will be increasingly knowledge based,” said Mike Rush, the regents’ executive director and CEO. “Public universities can and will play a critical role in meeting the state’s skilled workforce needs.” To address human capital demands across the state, Rush said the regents have adopted a statewide attainment goal of 65 percent of South Dakotans, ages 25 to 34, holding some type postsecondary credential by 2025. Read more>

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The untapped potential of ‘some college, no degree’

The Hill, Dec. 8, 2016

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports that over the past two decades, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate. A bachelor’s degree holder earns, on average, about 46 percent more than someone who has some college credits but no degree. Getting these would-be completers over the finish line could generate massive economic gains for individuals – and economies. Estimates suggest that the ‘some college, no degree’ problem represents lost economic value of $500 billion per year. Read more>

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Higher Education Is Failing Older Americans

Forbes, Dec. 8, 2016

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center bears a bit of good news: college graduation rates are up. Of students starting college in fall 2010, 54.8% have now finished—up 1.9 percentage points from the prior year’s cohort. (Isn’t it depressing that a 55% graduation rate is good news?) While the numbers are improving, they also mask wide variation in graduation rates for different demographic groups. Some people, particularly older college-goers, are earning their credentials at much lower rates. Read more in Forbes>

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Older Americans Went Back To School During The Recession. Did It Pay Off?

FiveThirtyEight, Dec. 8, 2016

When Ed Morneault returned to college in 2011, two months before his 40th birthday, he didn’t just want a bachelor’s degree — he wanted a raise and a promotion. Morneault, who works as a facilities manager for the U.S. Army outside of Baltimore, first went to college immediately after high school but dropped out to join the Marine Corps. He stopped and started school multiple times, taking courses all around the world but never earning a degree. This time, though, Morneault was determined to finish…Read more>

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Completion and the Value of College

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016

The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this month said the six-year completion rate grew to 54.8 percent, an increase of roughly two percentage points over the previous year. While those tepid improvements aren’t all that exciting, the numbers are moving in the right direction as college enrollments have slid, largely due to the collapse of for-profit higher education and the gradual economic recovery since the recession. Read more>

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Snapshot Report 32: Yearly Success and Progress Rates