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After a falling, college graduation rates begin to rebound

The Hechinger Report, Dec. 5, 2016

Graduation rates have begun to rebound after falling, and while the most recent figures still are short of pre-decline levels, analysts expect them to continue their slow rise. Read the story>

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College Completion Rates Recover After Slide

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2016

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Signature Report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2010 Cohort, recent declines in the overall national six-year completion rates have reversed and are now on an upward trajectory. Read the Inside Higher Ed story.

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Postsecondary education becoming more critical

Cincinnati.com, Nov. 26, 2016

By Beverly Davenport, interim president of the University of Cincinnati, and Greg Crawford, president of Miami University

By 2020, 64 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require postsecondary education. Now, more than ever, we want parents, teenagers and elected officials to know how profoundly important college-educated citizens are to our state’s well-being. Read more >

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Transfer Students Face Debt, More Classes

Hechinger Report, Nov. 22, 2016

The proportion of students who transfer is at record levels. More than two-thirds who earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions today have changed colleges at least once, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which estimates that an average of about 342,000 students change school each year.

Some policymakers also can’t believe that universities and colleges still haven’t worked out a way of accepting each others’ credits, a problem that wastes $6 billion a year in tuition, the National College Transfer Center estimates, and is a little-noticed but major reason students go deep into debt or never graduate. Read more in The Hechinger Report>

Most undergraduates lose all or some of their credits when they transfer, costing extra time and money


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MS Public Universities, Community Colleges Launch Complete 2 Compete Plan

Mississippi Public Universities, Nov. 17, 2016

Almost 300,000 Mississippians who attended a public university or community college within the past 15 years have completed some college without earning a degree. Mississippi Public Universities announced the launch of Complete 2 Compete, a new initiative designed to reach out to former students and help them complete their degrees.

“Economic development is driven by a skilled, educated workforce,” said Governor Phil Bryant. “This partnership will ensure Mississippi remains attractive to business and industry looking for a favorable tax climate and a workforce ready to excel on day one. I am grateful to everyone involved in making it a reality.” Read the press release>

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Female Mentors Can Help Level the STEM Playing Field in Higher Ed

MeriTalk, Nov. 17, 2016

From 2010 to 2020, STEM-related employment is projected to increase by 16 percent to more than 8.5 million jobs, according to the White House Council on Women and Girls. As early as 2018, the United States faces a skills shortage of 230,000 STEM employees, explains a CBS News report.

However, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that the number of women obtaining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees is stagnant. Read more>

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Community College Pathways to a Computer Science Degree

Google, Nov. 16, 2016

Our latest research shows that students who attend community colleges on the way to computer science bachelor’s degrees encounter many challenges and obstacles along the way. But there are many ways for community colleges and four-year colleges to work together and with industry to remove these obstacles and support students seeking to transfer into computer science majors. Read more>

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New Report Puts Member-Served Students’ Outcomes in Context

National College Access Network, Nov. 16, 2016

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s (NSCRC) fourth annual High School Benchmarks Report, released recently, examines the enrollment, persistence and completion outcomes of students across the country. These reports provide useful figures against which NCAN members can compare their student outcomes, especially when used in conjunction with data from NCAN’s Benchmarking Project. Read more>

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Tracking military and veteran student success

Military Times, Nov. 11, 2016

Several years ago, Student Veterans of America embarked on the Million Records Project in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse to get the data and produce research on how today’s student veterans have fared. What we learned is that student veterans are excelling. But we wanted to know more.

Our forthcoming research project, the National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST), has compiled and analyzed the successes of nearly 1 million student veterans and shows how much they are achieving in higher education. Read more>

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Alabama Community Colleges Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

Alabama Today, Nov. 10, 2016

Officials of the Alabama Community College System and public universities across the state announced a new agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from four-year institutions back to a two-year institution in order to complete a degree.

“Many people understand that you can take courses at community colleges, transfer those credits to a university, and apply them toward a four-year degree,” said Jimmy Baker, acting chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. “Our new agreement makes it possible for students to transfer credits in the other direction, too, helping them to attain a recognized credential they can use in the workplace or as they further their education.” Read more>


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New company hopes to increase number of community college transfers by offering a marketplace for students

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 8, 2016

A new public benefit corporation is hoping to ease the transfer process for community college students and drive four-year institutions to compete for these students. The Affordable College Public Benefit Corporation is a network, marketplace and app that helps students transfer from community colleges with more credits to the university that fits their career and degree goals.

While most community college students interested in transfer are place bound, nearly one in five students who started at a two-year institution transfer across state lines, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Don’t neglect the value of the second-chance student

Chief Learning Officer, Nov. 7, 2016

The booming market of nontraditional and continuing education is filled with many people who are now working toward degrees because they got sidetracked earlier in their studies. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, in 2012, nearly 40 percent of all postsecondary students were adult learners, 25 years of age or older. That age range likely hasn’t changed much. From my experience helping institutions of higher education, many of these adult learners, or non-traditional students, likely didn’t succeed in their first try at college and have come back to try again. Read more>


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4-year colleges should admit more community college students

Community College Daily, Nov. 3, 2016

While 80 percent of community college students say they plan to transfer to a four-year school, most never do. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported last year that only 15.1 percent of students who began community college in 2009 graduated from a four-year college within six years. More must be done to give community college students pathways to the bachelor’s degrees they want and are supremely capable of earning. Read more>

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Reverse Transfer – A Commitment to Student Success

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Nov. 3, 2016

According to recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse, community college students who transfer without having first completed an associate degree are less likely to get a bachelor’s degree than students who graduate from the community college first—56 percent versus 72 percent degree completion, respectively.

Sarah Hubbell, director of admissions, records and registration at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, said, Reverse Transfer can change that and help eliminate some of the risk for students in the process. “Students who receive their associate degree are more likely to finish their bachelor’s degree, increase their earning power, and improve their employment probabilities by showing competency and a dedication to finishing an educational milestone,” Hubbell said. Read more>

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City Colleges’ Star Scholars Thrive in Second Year

Lawndale News, Nov. 3, 2016

The Chicago Star Scholarship program has successfully retained students with 86 percent of Star Scholars enrolled last fall returning to City Colleges for the fall 2016 term, suggesting that students enrolled in this program are highly likely to persist in their coursework toward a degree.

This rate is nearly double the national fall-to-fall retention rate for two-year public college students, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s most recent report which found that just 48.5 percent of students return to the same institution within the same fall-to-fall semester time period. Read more>

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Greeley-Evans School District 6 students participating in advanced programs, reaping the benefits

The Greeley Tribune, Oct. 28, 2016

Among AVID students who graduate high school, more than 90 percent completed four-year college requirements, are accepted into at least one four-year college or university or plan to pursue post-secondary education. Although data is limited on college persistence year-to-year, 76 percent of 2012 AVID graduates persisted to their second year of college, a number greater than the national average, according to National Student Clearinghouse. Read more>

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Report Underscores Racial, Class Disparities in College Degree Attainment

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Oct. 28, 2016

Despite the increased emphasis placed in recent years on the importance of obtaining a college degree, deep disparities between rich and poor, minority and White students still persist when it comes to who goes to college as well as who finishes, new college completion figures released Thursday show. Read more>


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High School Poverty, Minority Enrollment, Undermine College Progress, Study Finds

Education Week, Oct. 28, 2016

Students who attend high-poverty schools or schools with high minority enrollments are far less likely to enroll in college, and less likely to complete degrees than their more advantaged peers, according to a new set of data released Thursday.

The fourth annual “High School Benchmarks” report from the National Student Clearinghouse offers numbers and charts for what most educators already know about how concentrations of disadvantage influence educational outcomes. Read more >

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Big data on campus

IDG Connect, Oct. 17,2016

Purdue is one of dozens of institutions of higher-learning, from private colleges to large public universities, that are turning to data to improve their student retention and graduation rates. The national average six-year graduation rate for students attending four-year schools is about 54 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Poorly performing schools post percentages in the low 30s, and the average of higher-performing institutions is around 70 percent. At 51.5 percent, Purdue is in the middle of the pack. Read more >

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High School Benchmarks 2016 Webinar, Oct. 27 at 2 PM Eastern

National Student Clearinghouse Blog, Oct. 18

The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ will hold a webinar on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Eastern to release the fourth annual High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates. The report provides new data on high school graduates’ college access, persistence, and completion outcomes. Register today to attend the webinar! Read more >

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Snapshot Report 32: Yearly Success and Progress Rates