Nearly one out of every five students who earned a master’s degree last year initially entered higher education through a community college, according to data released this month by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
In addition, 11 percent of graduates from doctoral-research programs started out at a two-year school.
Preliminary figures from fall 2017 support earlier data showing that the number of international students studying in the US has flattened after more than a decade of growth.
American colleges and universities reported a 6.9 percent decrease in the number of new international students pursuing higher education in the US this fall, according to survey data released this week by the Institute for International Education (IIE).
A NACAC past president is one of six educators selected for the US Department of Education’s School Ambassador Fellowship program.
Patrick O’Connor, associate dean of college counseling at Cranbrook Schools (MI), will lend his expertise to conversations about national education policy as part of the program.
Other fellows selected for the 2017-18 cohort include educators from Colorado, Wyoming, California, and Washington, DC. This year marks the first time in the program’s 10-year history that a school counselor has been selected for the fellowship.
Macalester College (MN), Amherst College (MA), Pace University (NY), and the University of Chicago are among a growing number of institutions that offer stipends to students who pursue unpaid internships.
The strategy, featured in a recent New York Times article, is growing in popularity because it allows low- and middle-income students to foster critical connections in their field of interest without worrying about making ends meet. According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, roughly half of all interns are offered a job by the company where they worked.
NACAC president-elect Stefanie Niles has one piece of advice for high school seniors: Take time to do your research.
“I believe there is more than one ‘right’ college for every student, but there are definitely wrong choices, too,” Niles noted in a recent Q&A with The Sentinel. “Students and their families should visit campuses, talk with students, faculty members, and alumni about their experiences, ask questions about research, internships, and study abroad opportunities (if these are of interest), and read about academic programs and campus life.”