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Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

CIO Review, Jan. 8, 2017 The question of interest is how do colleges collect and use big data to predict and improve the success of students (persistence and completion). More precisely, how do institutions determine students who are less likely to succeed, and create interventions that increase a student’s likelihood to succeed? Read the article>…

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She started college as a single mother at age 18. Now she has a diploma.

The Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2017 After the graduation and before the marriage ceremony, Emerita Ayala’s family gathered one recent afternoon at a Mexican restaurant in Northern Virginia for a lunch to celebrate her big day. The 23-year-old, still in her green graduation gown, had just been awarded a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.…

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Higher ed seeks new ways to spur workforce development

EducationDIVE, Dec. 12, 2016 Can you earn a degree in the field you love and make money doing it? Institutions and advocacy organizations are using program creation and scholarship support to expose students to higher paying career options. Read more in EducationDive>…

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South Dakota universities tackle workforce shortage problem

Watertown Public Opinion, Dec. 9, 2016 “The supply of new jobs is growing, and those new jobs will be increasingly knowledge based,” said Mike Rush, the regents’ executive director and CEO. “Public universities can and will play a critical role in meeting the state’s skilled workforce needs.” To address human capital demands across the state,…

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The untapped potential of ‘some college, no degree’

The Hill, Dec. 8, 2016 The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports that over the past two decades, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate. A bachelor’s degree holder earns, on average, about 46 percent more than someone who has some college credits but no degree. Getting…

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Higher Education Is Failing Older Americans

Forbes, Dec. 8, 2016 A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center bears a bit of good news: college graduation rates are up. Of students starting college in fall 2010, 54.8% have now finished—up 1.9 percentage points from the prior year’s cohort. (Isn’t it depressing that a 55% graduation rate is good news?)…

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College Completion Rates Recover After Slide

Inside Higher Ed, 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 are now on an upward trajectory. Read the Inside Higher Ed story.…

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