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Why Some States Are Making Short-Term Training Free

The Pew Charitable Trusts, May 15, 2017 In some cases, a certificate is a stepping stone to higher education. About one in four students who earn a certificate go on to earn an associate or a bachelor’s degree within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. But that number may be inflated,…

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Student veterans aren’t as hard to serve as we say

EducationDive, May 11, 2017 Student veterans actually have a higher success rate than students overall, with success rate defined as completion or continued enrollment. Among veterans, the success rate is 72 percent. A parallel rate for the nation as a whole, using data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, is 67 percent. Read more>…

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Commencement just the beginning for College of Dupage students

Ann Rondeau, President of College of DuPage, May 3, 2017 For half a century, we have been a place of opportunity for so many, and we are not alone. A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center states that 49 percent of the 1.8 million baccalaureate earners in the 2015-16 academic year were…

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New Report Confirms the Large Racial Gap in College Completion Rates

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, May 1, 2017 An interesting statistic found in the report is that the college complete rate shrinks significantly for nontraditional students who entered college at an older age. For students ages 25 or older who entered college in 2010, the Black-White college completion rate gap was 12.9 percentage…

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Graduation Rates and Race

Inside Higher Ed, April 26, 2017 College completion rates vary widely along racial and ethnic lines, with black and Hispanic students earning credentials at a much lower rate than white and Asian students do, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Read more>…

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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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Signature 13 Report Tracking Transfer: Measures of Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students to Complete Bachelor's Degrees