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College Can Improve Transfer Rates

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 16, 2017 Millions of community college students started the new school year with big plans: study for a couple of years before transferring and earning a bachelor’s degree. Meet with students on any comprehensive community college campus and you can hear the determination in their voices as they talk about their…

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5 Tips to Getting Through College Faster

Black Enterprise, Feb. 15, 2017 Tip 1: Prioritize school over work. While paying bills and earning income are important, don’t let it supplant educational goals. Data in “Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates,” a report by the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, illustrates that degree completion rates (for two, four, and…

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The Three Keys to College Persistence

Getting Smart, Feb. 14, 2017 As the buzz around college and career readiness continues, college persistence will receive increased attention and require additional action. While a combination of internal and external factors can influence any individual’s ability to enroll in and persist through college, the current data on college-going culture in the U.S. certainly has…

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The Role of Community Colleges in Postsecondary Success

By Ricardo Torres, President and CEO, National Student Clearinghouse, and Noah Brown, President and CEO, Association of Community College Trustees As many of you know firsthand, community colleges educate more than 12 million students each year preparing them for their pathways to success, whether in higher education or their professional careers. They also provide critical…

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Dissecting data on degree earners

Community College Daily, Feb. 6, 2017 The number of students earning their first undergraduate degree — both associate and bachelor’s degrees — in 2015-16 declined by 1.4 percent from the previous year, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.The dip was driven primarily by first-time graduates ages 25 and over,…

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Why so many college students decide to transfer

The Washington Post, Jan. 29, 2017 Going through the college admissions process once can be emotionally wrenching — but more than a third of students choose do it again. A 2015 report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than a third of college students transfer and that nearly half of those…

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Three ways colleges can best use institutional data

eCampus News, Jan. 23, 2017 Colleges and universities can avoid “institutional blind spots” in policy and practice by making better use of their institutional data, writes Jack Neill of HelioCampus. In this commentary, he proposes three ways leaders can use data to get a full view of what students need to succeed. Read more>  …

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Iowa on track to meet college-degree goals

The Gazette, Jan. 22, 2017 A report shows that Iowa is on track to meet its goal to have 70% of its workforce hold a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025, finding that 71% of the state’s 2010 high-school graduates enrolled in such programs. The key, state officials say, is to focus on helping those…

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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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