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Annual Persistence and Retention Report, Featuring Race and Ethnicity Data for the First Time, Reveals Wide Gaps

Overall Persistence Rate Declined Slightly for Fall 2015 Entering College Students HERNDON, VA (June 16, 2017) – The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today its annual Persistence and Retention Snapshot Report. The report, which includes race and ethnicity data for the first time, details wide gaps in first-year persistence and retention rates. Asian students…

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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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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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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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New Report Confirms the Large Racial Gap in College Completion Rates

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, May 1, 2017 An interesting statistic found in the report is that the college complete rate shrinks significantly for nontraditional students who entered college at an older age. For students ages 25 or older who entered college in 2010, the Black-White college completion rate gap was 12.9 percentage…

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Graduation Rates and Race

Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2017 College completion rates vary widely along racial and ethnic lines, with black and Hispanic students earning credentials at a much lower rate than white and Asian students do, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>…

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Signature 14 Completing College: A National View of Student Completion Rates – Fall 2011 Cohort