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Latest Data on College Graduation Rates, Financial Aid, and Admissions

This impressively entitled NCES report –Graduation Rates for Selected Cohorts, 2008-13; Outlook Measures for Cohort Year 2008; Student Financial Aid, Academic Year 2015-16; and Admissions, Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2016 – presents nationally aggregated data on the above topics. For the first time, part-time and transfer students are included in tracking completion rates of 100%, 150%, and 200%. (Please read Expanding College Success Rates to Reflect Today’s College Students. It explains the rationale for inclusion of part-time and transfer students thusly :”…over the past decade, the number of non-traditional students has outpaced the increase in traditional students, mostly driven by growth in those who have transferred schools.”)

Types of financial aid are listed along with the average amount of the award, and the all-important net price of attending college.


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The Importance of Non-Degree Credentials

Here are some major takeaways from this 2017 report –  Adult Education and Training: Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016 from NCES:

Usefulness of Nondegree Credentials and Work Experience Programs

  • A majority of adults reported that their most important work credential was very useful for getting a job (82 percent), keeping a job (80 percent), remaining marketable to employers or clients (81 percent), and improving work skills (66 percent) (table 7).
  • Among adults who reported completing a work experience program, 64 percent found them to be very useful for getting a job, 66 percent thought they were very useful for improving work skills, but only 37 percent considered them to be very useful for increasing their pay (table 7).  ((From “Key Findings”(4))

Numerous charts/statistics add to the utility of this document that suggests that there is a great demand for non-degree credentials, licenses, certificates, or work experiences. Here is an older but still relevant NCES report from 2015 – The Relationship Between Education and Work Credentials .

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2018 U S News & World Report College Rankings

This just-released report ranks thousands of colleges according to certain criteria. A New Jersey institution – Princeton University – is ranked #1 in the nation; here is the full list of New Jersey schools. Here is NJCU’s profileWe rank #7 in Campus Ethnic Diversity within the Regional Universities North sector as well as being highly ranked for Economic Diversity within the same sector.

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Recordings of Regional American Dialects

Part of the work that went into the creation of the Dictionary of American Regional English was the compilation of thousands of field interviews from across the country between 1965 and 1970. More than 1700 of them are now available online; each one is accompanied by a breakdown of topics discussed and a reading of Arthur the Rat. We tend to forget that not everyone speaks the same way as we do; these recordings show the wonderful diversity of American English.

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2018 World University Rankings

As compiled by Times Higher Education, this list is composed of the top 1,000 research universities in the world. “It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. We use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.”

If you want, you can limit to certain countries, such as the United States; you can also consult prior years’ listings.

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The Number of Hispanics Going to College More Than Doubles in the Past 20 Years

An informative chart and news release offer this information.

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Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution in New Jersey

The TLD (transportation, logistics, and distribution) sector is impacting the state’s economy in a meaningful way according to the New Jersey Bureau of Labor Market Information’s 2017 report – New Jersey’s Transportation, Logistics & Distribution Industry Cluster. Some findings from this document are:

“In 2015, transportation, logistics & distribution employed 370,260 workers in New Jersey. The cluster employed 11.2 percent of the state’s private sector workers. Nationally, TLD accounts for just 8.8 percent of private sector employment.

The annual average New Jersey private sector wage for TLD in 2015 was $73,325. Total wages for the TLD cluster accounted for 13.2 percent of private sector wages statewide.

TLD contributed more than $56.8 billion to the state’s Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP -chained 2009 dollars) in 2015, the fourth highest dollar amount per state nationwide. New Jersey accounted for more than four percent of the nation’s GDP generated from TLD.”(5)

So critical is TLD to New Jersey’s economy that the state’s Employment and Training Commission has identified this sector as one of six sectors key to the future economic and workplace development of this state. And New Jersey Career Connections has a separate page for TLD that includes the various credentialing agencies in this field.

Additional news on this subject can be found at:

NJ Strives to Stay Ahead in Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution (NJ Spotlight); What is ‘TLD,’ and why might it be some NJ kids’ best shot at success in life? (NJ; and NJ becoming the warehouse state, and that means more jobs (Asbury Park Press).

This site offers compelling reasons why New Jersey is an TLD hub.


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