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Rural schools join forces to make college the rule rather than the exception

Hechinger Report, Nov. 17, 2017 Meadowbrook High School, which serves 490 students from across a sprawling 128-square-mile district in Southeast Ohio, is thriving when it comes to graduation rates and participation in higher education. In just a few short years, the school has managed to create a culture in which going to college is becoming…

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Editorial: Focus on college retention will pay dividends

Williamson Daily News, Nov. 8, 2017 Kentucky public universities recently put out the call to former college students who left without a degree – come back and finish. The new Project Graduate program is making a special effort to reach out to those who have 80 or more credit hours, and offer them special assistance…

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Nearly 1 in 5 Graduates from High-Poverty High Schools

2017 High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates Released HERNDON, VA (Oct. 24, 2017) – Nearly one in five graduates from high-poverty, high schools graduated college within six years of finishing high school, and one in four students from low-income schools completed a college degree within six years of their high school graduation, according…

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Report: Community College Paves the Way to Four-Year Degrees

NACAC Blog, Aug. 22, 2017 The bachelor’s degree pipeline is growing stronger for community college graduates. A new report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that of community college graduates who hold no previous degrees or certificates, 41 percent earn a bachelor’s degree within the next six years. Discover more>  …

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Finding students who might not otherwise go to college

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 3, 2017 During Julia Lopez’s tenure at the College Access Foundation, she shifted the foundation’s strategy from simply being a grantor of student scholarships to facilitating and tracking data on college attainment in the state. In the process, she helped to change the policies, practices, systems and institutions to better…

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Hodge U. grad: degree is worth pursuing at any age

Naples Daily News, June 23, 2017 Years ago, after serving in the Marines, Nic Neumann enrolled at Rutgers University. He was well on his way to earning his degree when life got in the way: job and family took precedence over completing college. Nic recently walked across the stage at age 77, half a century…

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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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Clearinghouse helps Illinois high schools know who is enrolled in college

Journal Online, May 30, 2017 Approximately 78% of the students who graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines Sunday, May 22 enrolled in college last fall, according to 2016 National Student Clearinghouse statistics. However, at Maine East 40% are projected to go on to four-year institutions and 38% to two-year institutions. Read more>…

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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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High School Benchmarks 2017 National College Progression Rates