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Research: Community College Pays Off

Campus Technology, April 18, 2017 Earning a two-year degree pays off. Specifically, completing an associate degree yields an average of $4,640 to $7,160 more per year than entering college and not completing a program. So concluded a research project by the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, which is a government-funded research center…

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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2017 Computer science and engineering are gaining in popularity as undergraduate and graduate courses of study. But in a trend that could further solidify for decades a gender-based earnings gap, men continue to flock to those lucrative disciplines in significantly larger numbers than women. Nearly half of all bachelor’s degrees earned in the sciences and engineering…

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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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Student Debt and Home Buying

Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2017 Federal Reserve Bank of New York study suggests student loans don’t play a major role in limiting borrowers’ ability to buy a home later. The authors examined a sample of individuals born between 1980 and 1986, relying on the National Student Clearinghouse and a Federal Reserve Bank of New…

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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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Rochester’s Career Center using data to connect students, employers

University of Rochester News Center, March 23, 2017 The University of Rochester has good news about undergraduate alumni who earned their degrees between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. A survey put out by the University’s Gwen M. Greene Career and Internship Center, along with data from other sources, showed that: The average salary…

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Survey Says: College Presidents Concerned About Transparency

New America, March 15, 2017 As mandated by Congress, the Department of Education collects graduation rates for first-time (i.e., non-transfer or returning), full-time enrollees only. But at public four-year institutions, 27 percent of students are part-time; and at public two-year institutions, it’s more than 60 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. And with a larger proportion…

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