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Community college plays significant role in higher education

By Suzanne M. Johnson, president of Green River College, April 11, 2018 How many college graduates get their start at a community college? Among all students who completed a degree at a four-year college in 2015-16, 49 percent had enrolled at a two-year college in the previous 10 years (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2017).…

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Colleges slowly come around to accepting transfer students’ work

The Washington Post, April 8, 2018 Thirty-seven percent of students today transfer at least once in their college careers, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks the issue; of those, nearly half change schools more than once. Now, there are signs schools are slowly lowering the barriers for transfer students, as much as…

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The Common Application Announces Early Adopters of New Transfer Application

The Common Application, Feb. 15, 2018 A report by The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center tracking students over a 6-year period notes, “Among those students who do transfer, 45 percent transfer more than once. The greatest number of transfer students come from two-year public colleges—almost 40 percent of transfers originate from these institutions.” In response,…

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The Other Student Debt Crisis

Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 4, 2017 First, we need better information about the scale and structure of institutional debt. How many current and former students owe unpaid balances? How much, and for what? What academic progress had they made? How do these patterns of debt, stopping out and credit earning break down by academic sector,…

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Arizona organization helps students prepare for college, FAFSA

Arizona School Boards Association, Nov. 28, 2017 Jessica Solis, a Be A Leader college-going counselor in the Phoenix office, works with 140 kids every year to help them complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and get into the right college. Solis said that students in the senior boot camp program earned a…

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KCTCS, University of Kentucky Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

KYForward, Nov. 15, 2017 The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students earn associate degrees beginning in the 2018 spring semester. Former KCTCS students that transfer to UK before earning an associate degree can have UK credits applied toward…

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We Need to Improve the Transfer Experience

The EvoLLLution, Oct. 31, 2017 There is a clear need to improve the experience for students who transfer. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, less than 14 percent of community college students go on to complete a bachelor’s degree in six years. Read more>…

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Transfer students still lose lots of credits

Community College Daily, Sept. 14, 2017 Community college students lose a substantial amount of credits when transferring to a four- or two-year institution, which is due in part to poor coordination among the participating colleges and an inability to effectively communicate the transfer process and policies to students, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability…

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The Bermuda Triangle of Credit Transfer

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 14, 2017 The path students must follow to move from one institution to another is riddled with potholes and roadblocks that stop many of them in their tracks. A trio of new reports from different sources illustrate just how vexing the transfer process is. Learn more>…

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