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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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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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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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Education chief: Kansas needs to double college attainment rate

Associated Press, March 8, 2017 Citing a report from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, The state of Kansas, Education Commissioner Randy Watson Watson said that by 2020, 71 percent of the jobs in Kansas will require some level of post-secondary education. But according to data from the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks post-secondary enrollment and…

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Guest Column: College education doesn’t have to be one-size-fits all

Baraboo News Republic, March 7, 2017 By Cathy Sandeen is chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that today nearly half of the four-year college graduates nationally started at a two-year college. It’s no longer the alternative path to a college education, but the launch…

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State-By-State College Completion Rates Released by National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™

The National, Six-Year Completion Rate Rebounded To 54.8 Percent HERNDON, VA, March 1, 2017 — The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ released today six‐year, student success outcomes and college completion rates by state, which covers more than 2.9 million students. The new report, Completing College: A State Level View of Student Attainment Rates, shows each…

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Study: Veterans do better in college than comparable civilians

Military Times, Feb. 24, 2017 The National Veteran Education Success Tracker, or NVEST, project found that student veterans earn degrees at rates better than comparable nonveteran students. But pinpointing a completion or success rate for this group remains difficult and highly open to interpretation. By one measure, it’s 72 percent. By another, 42 percent. Read…

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Despite family and work commitments, student veterans outpace classmates

The Hechinger Report, Feb. 24, 2017 Despite often having to juggle schoolwork with jobs and families, veterans attending college under the Post-9/11 GI Bill are finishing at rates slightly higher than their classmates, a new report shows. The report says 53.6 percent of veterans using GI Bill benefits who arrived on campus in the fall…

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