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8 Ways to Get a College Degree

Black Enterprise, May 27, 2017 If you look at college graduation rates through the lens of race, it doesn’t look good for black students. What is it that makes some students persist while others fall by the wayside? The Hechinger Report recently spoke with experts in this area, including Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University…

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What Community Colleges Do That Universities Don’t

Time, May 22, 2017 Six months after graduation, 99% of students from Lake Area Technical Institute (LATI) are employed or continuing their education. After five years, graduates earn wages higher than average for all other workers in the region. Seventy-four percent of students at Lake Area graduate or transfer to a four-year college within three…

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What to Do When the GI Bill Won’t Cover College

SFGate, May 22, 2017 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits cover the full cost of in-state tuition at public colleges, but only up to $22,805.34 per year at a private college. What to do: Use the GI Bill Comparison Tool to see how far your benefits will go at different schools before picking one. If your college is eligible,…

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Act Six Aims to Provide New Faces in Leadership

National College Access Network, May 19, 2017 Act Six, a leadership and scholarship program whose mission is to connect community ministries with faith- and social justice-based colleges to prepare emerging urban leaders to engage in change on the campuses they attend and in their home communities, is the latest program to be featured in a…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Signature 13 Report Tracking Transfer: Measures of Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students to Complete Bachelor's Degrees