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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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Senior Class: Back to School at 50+ for Income, Family, Community

New America Media, April 7, 2017 Across the United States, college enrollment has been dropping, although the number of people earning degrees is rebounding after slumping in the wake of the Great Recession. Data from the latest study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released in December shows that 38 percent of adults over…

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6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time

The New York Times, April 6, 2017 The longer it takes, the less likely a student is to make it to graduation: A quarter of students drop out after four years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, and most say it’s because of money. Cost, indeed, is a major issue for many families…

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Agencies Need to Get Savvy About Low-Cost Program Evaluation

Government Executive, March 28, 2017 Tracking student outcomes through and after post-secondary education allows agencies and organizations to generate reliable evidence about how well their programs work and whether the results justify the costs. By embedding an evaluation into an existing program and using existing data through the National Student Clearinghouse, the researchers were able…

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Signature 13 Report Tracking Transfer: Measures of Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students to Complete Bachelor's Degrees