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Fall 2010 Cohort Outcomes: Decline in College Completion Rates Reverse and Lead to Upward Trajectory for Great Recession Cohorts

National Six-Year Completion Rate Grows to 54.8 Percent, an Increase of 1.9 Percentage Points HERNDON, VA (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…

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City Colleges’ Star Scholars Thrive in Second Year

Lawndale News, Nov. 3, 2016 The Chicago Star Scholarship program has successfully retained students with 86 percent of Star Scholars enrolled last fall returning to City Colleges for the fall 2016 term, suggesting that students enrolled in this program are highly likely to persist in their coursework toward a degree. This rate is nearly double…

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High expectations drive success at IDEA Public Schools

El Paso Times, June 11, 2016 When we first started IDEA, some told us that we were asking too much of our students since we are a charter school, and IDEA cannot “cherry-pick” our student enrollees. We draw from the communities where we are located, many of which are like the neighborhood I grew up…

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Improving Veterans Compliance Reporting

AACRAO, March 23, 2016 By the end of May, the first stage of a revamped veterans’ compliance reporting system should be ready, according to presenters at AACRAO’s 2016 Annual Meeting—and that new system is promising to be a “near-term ecosystem win,” said Rick Torres, president and CEO of National Student Clearinghouse and moderator for the…

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How college advising in Chicago Public Schools got a whole lot smarter

Catalyst Chicago, March 21, 2016 In 2004, under the administration of Arne Duncan, Chicago became one of the first districts to contract with the National Student Clearinghouse to find out how many CPS June graduates had actually enrolled in college the following fall. The disappointing baseline number—just 43 percent—lent urgency to the effort to improve.…

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College Enrollment Down Once Again

Enrollment Falls 1.7 Percent from Last Fall, Older Students Still Driving Decline HERNDON, VA, DEC. 16, 2015 – Fall postsecondary enrollments continue to decline, according to the just-released Fall Current Term Enrollment Estimates from the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™. College enrollments in fall 2015 totaled just under 19.3 million, down 1.7 percent compared to…

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National College Completion Rates Continue to Decline

Great Recession’s Impact Felt in Fall 2009 College Freshman Class for Every Institution Type and Student Age Group HERNDON, VA, NOV. 17, 2015 – The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ released today its fourth annual college completions report, which clearly shows that even though the Great Recession ended June 2009, its effects greatly impacted the…

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Nearly a Third of Undergraduate Degrees Go to Students With Prior Credentials

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 30, 2015 For a growing share of college graduates, the degrees they’re taking home aren’t their first higher-education credentials. The percentage of college graduates stacking credentials by adding, say, a bachelor’s degree to an associate degree, or an associate degree to a certificate, grew from 25 percent to 29…

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3 ways to turn old college credits into new degrees

MSN Money, September 9, 2015 Getting into college is unfortunately much easier than getting out with a diploma. Even among first-time, full-time undergrads – a demographic that’s more likely to reach graduation than students who attend part-time – less than 60 percent earn their bachelors degree within six years, reports the National Center for Education…

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A groundbreaking “reverse transfer” credit program

eCampusNews, August 10, 2015 The University of Texas at Austin is leading a national initiative with other top universities and the National Student Clearinghouse to help transfer students earn associate degrees for coursework they complete through Reverse Transfer, the first national service to award degrees to students after they transfer to a four-year university… Read…

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Current Term Enrollment Estimates - Spring 2018