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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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?)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Current Term Enrollment Estimates – Fall 2016