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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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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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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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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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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.…

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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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