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National Student Clearinghouse Selects Randy Strother as Chief Enterprise Architect

HERNDON, VA (Jan. 11, 2017) – The National Student Clearinghouse announced today Randy Strother as Chief Enterprise Architect, a newly created position and senior member of the Information Technology leadership team, reporting directly to Vice President & Chief Information Officer Doug Falk. Mr. Strother is responsible for IT architecture across the enterprise while working closely…

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Older Americans Went Back To School During The Recession. Did It Pay Off?

FiveThirtyEight, Dec. 8, 2016 When Ed Morneault returned to college in 2011, two months before his 40th birthday, he didn’t just want a bachelor’s degree — he wanted a raise and a promotion. Morneault, who works as a facilities manager for the U.S. Army outside of Baltimore, first went to college immediately after high school…

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Completion and the Value of College

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 8, 2016 The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center this month said the six-year completion rate grew to 54.8 percent, an increase of roughly two percentage points over the previous year.…

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Alabama Community Colleges Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

Alabama Today, Nov. 10, 2016 Officials of the Alabama Community College System and public universities across the state announced a new agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from four-year institutions back to a two-year institution in order to complete a degree. “Many people understand that you can take courses at community colleges, transfer…

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Reverse Transfer – A Commitment to Student Success

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Nov. 3, 2016 According to recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse, community college students who transfer without having first completed an associate degree are less likely to get a bachelor’s degree than students who graduate from the community college first—56 percent versus 72 percent degree completion, respectively. Sarah Hubbell, director…

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Big data on campus

IDG Connect, Oct. 17,2016 Purdue is one of dozens of institutions of higher-learning, from private colleges to large public universities, that are turning to data to improve their student retention and graduation rates. The national average six-year graduation rate for students attending four-year schools is about 54 percent, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research…

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Competency-Based Hiring: 10 Signals The Shift Is Happening

Forbes, Oct. 1, 2016 Fifty-three percent of college graduates students believe they’re ready to apply their skills and knowledge in the workforce, but only 23% of employers agree. It is increasingly clear that misalignment between post-secondary education and workforce needs is suppressing economic productivity and growth, as systematic reliance on degrees as a skills-proxy, exacerbated…

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It’s Time to View Industry Credentials Through the Lens of Student Success

The EvoLLLution, Sept. 28, 2016 Industry credentials are certainly not new, but colleges and universities are realizing that they may have a bigger role to play in preparing students to earn them than ever before. In this interview, Roberta Hyland discusses the value of industry credentials for today’s students and shares her thoughts on how…

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Nontraditional students like me face enormous challenges

Community College Daily, Sept. 15, 2016 I’m one of millions of nontraditional low-income college students who have faced serious financial worries on top of the usual student concerns about tests, term papers and picking the right major. According to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, only 15.1 percent of students who began…

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