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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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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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Transfer Students Face Debt, More Classes

Hechinger Report, Nov. 22, 2016 The proportion of students who transfer is at record levels. More than two-thirds who earn bachelor’s degrees from four-year institutions today have changed colleges at least once, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which estimates that an average of about 342,000 students change school each year. Some policymakers…

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Community College Pathways to a Computer Science Degree

Google, Nov. 16, 2016 Our latest research shows that students who attend community colleges on the way to computer science bachelor’s degrees encounter many challenges and obstacles along the way. But there are many ways for community colleges and four-year colleges to work together and with industry to remove these obstacles and support students seeking…

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Alabama Community Colleges Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement

Alabama Today, Nov. 10, 2016 Officials of the Alabama Community College System and public universities across the state announced a new agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from four-year institutions back to a two-year institution in order to complete a degree. “Many people understand that you can take courses at community colleges, transfer…

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4-year colleges should admit more community college students

Community College Daily, Nov. 3, 2016 While 80 percent of community college students say they plan to transfer to a four-year school, most never do. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported last year that only 15.1 percent of students who began community college in 2009 graduated from a four-year college within six years. More…

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Reverse Transfer – A Commitment to Student Success

Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Nov. 3, 2016 According to recent data from the National Student Clearinghouse, community college students who transfer without having first completed an associate degree are less likely to get a bachelor’s degree than students who graduate from the community college first—56 percent versus 72 percent degree completion, respectively. Sarah Hubbell, director…

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Student Pathways Affect Time to Degree

Our Signature Report 11, “Time to Degree: A National View of the Time Enrolled and Elapsed for Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Earners,” examines time to degree for students who earned an associate or bachelor’s degree in 2014-15. This infographic reveals the various pathways and factors affecting time to degree for students at two-year public and…

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