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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…

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Vets group: New study results justify continued funding for GI Bill

Stars & Stripes, Feb. 15, 2017 In the first six years after the rollout of the multibillion-dollar Post-9/11 GI Bill, more than half of the veterans using the education benefit completed their degrees. Through September 2015, about 453,000 degrees were earned. Learn how the Research Center supported this research>…

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The Three Keys to College Persistence

Getting Smart, Feb. 14, 2017 As the buzz around college and career readiness continues, college persistence will receive increased attention and require additional action. While a combination of internal and external factors can influence any individual’s ability to enroll in and persist through college, the current data on college-going culture in the U.S. certainly has…

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The Role of Community Colleges in Postsecondary Success

By Ricardo Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse, and Noah Brown, President and CEO, Association of Community College Trustees As many of you know firsthand, community colleges educate more than 12 million students each year preparing them for their pathways to success, whether in higher education or their professional careers. They also provide critical…

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Dissecting data on degree earners

Community College Daily, Feb. 6, 2017 The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree — both associate and bachelor’s degrees — in 2015-16 declined by 1.4 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.The dip was driven primarily by first-time graduates ages 25 and over,…

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Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required

The New York Times, Jan. 30, 2017 “In our factories, there’s a computer about every 20 or 30 feet,” said Eric Spiegel, who recently retired as president and chief executive of Siemens U.S.A. “People on the plant floor need to be much more skilled than they were in the past. There are no jobs for…

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Colleges Discover the Rural Student

The New York Times, Jan. 31, 2016 Selective four-year colleges are looking for strong low- and middle-income students, but finding them is hard. In September, with the ability to identify such students from its database, the College Board sent customized guides on applying to college and for financial aid to 30,000 students in rural schools. “Better…

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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…

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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…

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