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Undergraduate Enrollments Down 300,000 for Spring 2017

Spring postsecondary overall enrollments fell by more than 272,000 students compared to a year ago, led by a decline of more than 244,000 students over the age of 24 and many were enrolled in a four-year, for-profit institution or a two-year public college, according to the Spring 2017 Current Term Enrollment Estimates report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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Research Center Releases Report by Race and Ethnicity Showing Large Gaps in College Completion Rates

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center today released a new report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates by Race and Ethnicity – Fall 2010 Cohort. This report is the first use by the Research Center of a new nationally representative sample of students, enabling the national results released in December, 2016 to be disaggregated by race and ethnicity.

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The Role of Community Colleges in Postsecondary Success

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 pathways to four-year institutions for students seeking to transfer. To help tell this story, we are releasing today a report titled, “The Role of Community Colleges in Postsecondary Success.”

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2016 High School Benchmarks Report Released

Forty-five percent of students graduating in the class of 2009 from higher-income high schools completed a college degree by 2015, compared to 24 percent of students from low-income schools, according to the fourth annual, The High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates.

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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.

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Colleges Producing More Graduates with Prior Degrees and Fewer First-Time Grads

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s annual Undergraduate Degree Earner’s Report, the number of graduates with prior awards grew by 12.4 percent from the 2011-12 to 2014-15 academic year, while the number of first-time graduates – students earning their first undergraduate degree – fell 2.6 percent.

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New Report Ranks States Based on Colleges’ Performance in Helping Students Transfer to Four-Year Universities and Earn Bachelor’s Degrees

A new report released today by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University; the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program; and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that across the United States, only 14 percent of students starting in community colleges transfer to four-year schools and earn a bachelor’s degree within six years of entry.

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Insights on the High School-to-College Transition

Our 2014 High School Benchmarks Report covers public and private high schools graduating more than 3.5 million students during the past four years or over a quarter of all U.S. high school graduates each year, from all 50 states. In this, our second annual report, we...

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The Declining Persistence Rate of First-Year College Students

Since 2009, the percent of first-time students still enrolled at any college in their second fall term has dropped 1.2 percentage points. Our “First-Year Persistence and Retention Rates by Starting Enrollment Intensity” Snapshot examines persistence rates for...

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Some College, No Degree

Over the last 20 years, 31 million students enrolled in college, but left without a degree or certificate. Our Signature Report 7 takes a deeper look at the some college, no degree population. Read more about the some college, no degree population in Signature Report...

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Science & Engineering Degree Growth Outpaces Other Fields

Our “Growth in Science and Engineering (S&E) Bachelor’s Degrees by Gender” Snapshot shows that science and engineering degrees outpace those of other fields, accounting for age, and with men and women seeing equal growth, although in different disciplines. Learn...

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Community Colleges: Important Pathway to Success

Our “Bachelor’s Degree Recipients Who Subsequently Enrolled in Two-Year Institutions” Snapshot reveals what college graduates who return to school at a community college are most likely to study. Learn about graduates who subsequently enrolled in a two year university...

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Spring Term Brings Lower College Enrollments

Spring 2013 experienced a 2.3 percent drop in college enrollment, including a notable rate of decrease among adult learners and female students. Our spring 2013 Current Term Estimates Report shows that the nation is still shedding college students – and at a faster...

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The College Gender Gap

For the past 35 years, women have consistently outpaced men in college enrollment and the trend doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon. Our fall 2012 term report revealed that there are currently 30 percent more women than men in college.

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