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Low-Income Students Need More Than Just a College Degree, Report Says

August 8, 2016
Getting low-income students into and through college isn't enough to position them well for success in the workplace. They need programs that give them strong mentors and real-world work experience, and help them build their science, math, and technology skills, according to a new report.
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What You Need to Know About FAFSA Changes

The date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – commonly known as the FAFSA, which many schools use to determine financial aid awards – is available three months earlier this year than in past years.
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Two Reports Show Untapped Potential of Competency-Based Education

August 1, 2016
More than 500 colleges and universities are offering competency-based education (CBE) programs, which measure students’ progress in terms of skill mastery regardless of how long or where they study. These tracks in fields like business administration and criminal justice are largely only available to students who are “college-ready.” A new report from Jobs for the Future suggests CBE could be a viable option for adult learners who need remedial education in math and/or literacy before they can begin college-level work.
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Collaboration, Not Competition

Colleges in the same region often view each other as competitors, whether on the athletics field or in the admissions office. But the nine colleges in Pierce County, Wash., see each other as the opposite: collaborators. Pierce County is home to a diverse set of educational options. There are two public institutions (Evergreen State College and the University of Washington Tacoma), two private institutions (Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound), and five community and technical colleges (Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, Tacoma Community College and the two campuses of Pierce College).
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Interstate Passport Gives College Students the Means to Navigate Transfer Requirements

Within a state, there may be clarity about transfer requirements and what classes and credits translate from community colleges to public universities. But when transfers cross state lines, all bets are off. That’s where a collaboration of seven western states could make all the difference with a “passport” that can bridge the gap.
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Consumers get more information about a purchase they once made on trust: college

Pssst! You wanna buy a college education? Of course you do! People with college degrees earn about $1 million more over their lifetimes than those with only high school diplomas, and are far more likely to have jobs they enjoy. At least, that’s how things turn out for the average American graduate, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
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Consumers get more information about college

July 28, 2016
Even as a higher education becomes among the biggest investments Americans make, the information available about what students and their families are getting for their money remains stubbornly sparse and often inaccurate and even misleading.
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Emergency Aid Keeps Students on Path to Graduation

July 6, 2016
Although students and their families plan for the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and textbooks, other unforeseen expenses too often result in students taking a break or fully withdrawing from their college or university. NASPA's new report, "Landscape Analysis of Emergency Aid Programs," explores how colleges use emergency aid -- even in amounts as small as $300 -- to significantly increase student success.
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The Typical College Student Is Not Who You Think It Is

July 5, 2016
Who are today’s college students? The answer surprises most people who attended four year universities.
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‘Passport’ for Transfer

Professors and academic leaders from seven western states have rolled out an “interstate passport” to help students transfer across state lines without losing credits for what they learn in general education courses. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education helped lead the project, which has been in the works for five years. The Carnegie Corporation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have contributed funding.
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