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Missouri adopts performance-based funding for higher education

Washington Examiner, Jan. 7, 2018 The Coordinating Board for Higher Education in Missouri approved a plan on Tuesday that links 10 percent of all state funding for publicly-funded colleges to their performance. This performance-based portion of the funding will be determined by metrics such as degree completion, budget practices, and job-placement rates. Read more>…

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Saddle Up: 7 Trends Coming in 2018

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 2, 2018 As we look at the landscape in 2018, here are seven major trends college leaders should prepare for. Spoiler alert: it’s tough out there. Read more>…

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Report examines Latino student success rates

EducationDIVE, Dec. 22, 2017 The author of a new report that analyzes success rates of Latino students stresses that there is no “magic bullet” for colleges and universities to use to improve their own metrics, and what works at one school may not be applicable for all. However, institutions that prioritize equity and make efforts…

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Since 2012-13, First-Time Graduates Age 25 and Over Down by Nearly 50,000

Clearinghouse Today, Nov. 20, 2017 According to the Research Center’s 2017 Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, first-time graduates, associate and bachelor’s degrees combined, in the 25 and over age group dropped 7.0 percent compared to the previous year, reflecting post-recession enrollment declines among older students. Since 2012-13, the number of first-time graduates in the 25 and…

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The Other Student Debt Crisis

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017 First, we need better information about the scale and structure of institutional debt. How many current and former students owe unpaid balances? How much, and for what? What academic progress had they made? How do these patterns of debt, stopping out and credit earning break down by academic sector,…

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See how well Maine high schools do sending poorer kids to college

Maine Focus, Nov. 29, 2017 In general, schools with lower poverty rates were likely to see a larger share of their graduating classes go on to finish two- or four-year degree programs within the six years after high school graduation. The analysis is limited only to the graduating classes in 2009 and 2010, based on…

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KCTCS, University of Kentucky Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

KYForward, Nov. 15, 2017 The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward…

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Editorial: Focus on college retention will pay dividends

Williamson Daily News, Nov. 8, 2017 Kentucky public universities recently put out the call to former college students who left without a degree – come back and finish. The new Project Graduate program is making a special effort to reach out to those who have 80 or more credit hours, and offer them special assistance…

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Transfer students still lose lots of credits

Community College Daily, Sept. 14, 2017 Community college students lose a substantial amount of credits when transferring to a four- or two-year institution, which is due in part to poor coordination among the participating colleges and an inability to effectively communicate the transfer process and policies to students, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability…

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