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Using the National Student Clearinghouse for Outcomes Data. Mary Ann Coughlin Jean Wyld Joseph R Bjerklie Rachel Albert . Agenda. National Student Clearinghouse What is the Clearinghouse? What Data is Available Through the Clearinghouse?

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using the national student clearinghouse for outcomes data

Using the National Student Clearinghouse for Outcomes Data

Mary Ann Coughlin

Jean Wyld

Joseph R Bjerklie

Rachel Albert

agenda
Agenda
  • National Student Clearinghouse
    • What is the Clearinghouse?
    • What Data is Available Through the Clearinghouse?
  • National Discussion -- Measuring Student Outcomes
    • Traditional Retention / Grad Rates
    • Non-first Full-time Degree Certificate Seeking Students
  • Campus Level
    • Common Research Questions
      • Admitted/Did not Enroll
      • Students who leave -- Where did they go
    • Other Questions that NSC can shed some light on…
      • Enrollment in Graduate Programs
      • Student Swirl & Concurrent Enrollment
  • Implications for Academic Leaders
    • National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
quick facts
Quick Facts
  • National Student Clearinghouse founded in 1993
    • Non-profit organization
    • Board of Directors comprised of leaders in postsecondary education, K-12 education, research and education finance
  • National Student Clearinghouse Research Center created in 2010
    • Non-profit organization
    • Board of Directors comprised of research experts from postsecondary education, K-12 education, and multistate organizations
    • National Reports – Hot off the Presses – Signature Report on“Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates”
  • Advisory Committees
    • Data Access Advisory Committee
      • Provides guidance on use of data and research
    • Clearinghouse Advisory Committee
      • Provides guidance on institutional burdens and how NSC can help
what services
What Services?
  • NSC offers a wide range of services to both K-12 and postsecondary institutions.
  • Services range from enrollment verification to degree verification to transcript ordering, to student tracking to gainful employment reporting.
  • Three main services:
    • EnrollmentVerify
    • DegreeVerify
    • Student Tracker
  • Services are most well known to Registrars and Financial Aid Officers.
    • Also many Institutional Researchers familiar with Student Tracker.
clearinghouse ipeds
Clearinghouse -- IPEDS
  • It is important to note the differences between NSC data and IPEDS data.
benefits of studenttracker system
Benefits of StudentTracker System
  • Institutional-level data are readily available
  • Opens up options for studies on the topic of access
  • External data sources, both local and national
  • Inform the discussion of postsecondary access for students
  • Inform decisions regarding college access and student success
importance of nsc studenttracker data today
Importance of NSC StudentTracker Data Today
  • Fast-paced change in education
  • Changing demographics
  • Value of higher education
  • College administrators under greater pressure
  • Transitioning from “data-poor” to “data-rich”
  • Need to remain competitive
  • Data driven decisions 
implications for academic leaders
Implications for Academic Leaders
  • Enables enhanced information for decision making
  • Provides easy access to information
  • Promotes cost-effective analyses
  • Improves understanding of patterns that helps to better serve students
  • Assists in answering key questions
potential value added for academic leaders
Potential Value-Added for Academic Leaders
  • Provides a more complete picture of student success outcomes
  • Only source of data that can be used to track students longitudinally across state lines and across sectors
  • Data can also be analyzed at the program level
  • Raise student achievement and success
recommended actions to effectively use data
Recommended Actions to Effectively Use Data
  • Establish a clear vision for institutional data use
  • Provide support that promotes a data-driven culture within your institution
  • Make data an ongoing part of instructional improvement - ask the questions
  • Use data to promote student achievement and success
  • Focus on efforts that support students’ paths to graduation
national student clearinghouse research center
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
  • Purpose:
    • The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center collaborates with higher education institutions, states, school districts, individual high schools, educational organizations and the U.S. Department of Education as part of a national effort to better inform education leaders and policymakers.
  • Goal:
    • Through accurate longitudinal data outcomes reporting, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center enables better educational policy decisions leading to improved student outcomes.
  • Products:
    • Signature Reports
    • Snapshots
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Signature Reports provide comparison data that reveal patterns and valuable insight on students' postsecondary access, persistence, and other success outcomes.

  • Four Reports have been released
    • Understanding the Recession's Impact on U.S. College Enrollment and Persistence Patterns
    • Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Pre-Degree Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions
    • Reverse Transfer: A National View of Student Mobility from Four-Year to Two-Year Institutions
    • Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates
  • Available at:
    • www.studentclearinghouse.info/signature/
completing college
Completing College
  • Report explores the six-year outcomes of a cohort of first-time-in-college degree-seeking students who started in fall 2006 (N=1,878,484).
  • It enhances the traditional graduation rate by reporting in four key ways:
    • Student completion anywhere, beyond institutional boundaries, across state lines, and over time;
    • Persistence anywhere, not just at the starting institution, for those who have not yet completed but are still pursuing a degree;
    • College outcomes broken out by student age at first entry and enrollment intensity, thus addressing questions about the role of students’ varied postsecondary pathways in progress toward national completion goals;
    • Enrollment intensity based on the enrollment status in all terms of enrollment, and not just the first term.
completing college interesting finding
Completing College: Interesting Finding
  • Within six years, 12 percent of first-time students completed a degree or certificate at an institution other than the one where they started, raising the overall completion rate from 42 to 54 percent.
transfer mobility interesting findings
Transfer & Mobility: Interesting Findings
  • One third of all students transferred at least once within five years.
  • Part- and full-time students had similar transfer rates over five years.
  • Over one quarter of all transfers crossed state lines.
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Snapshot Reportsexam national enrollment trends

    • The report data come from student-level college enrollment data and present unique snapshots in time that reveal college enrollment patterns and student pathways to student outcomes
    • Reports are organized into five categories: persistence, mobility, concurrent enrollment, adult learners, degree attainment.
  • Available at:
    • http://www.studentclearinghouse.info/snapshot/

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