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Statistics on International Students in the U.S. and American Students Abroad

This annual report from the IIE details the number of international students studying here as well as American students studying abroad. For international students, accompanying data focuses on country of origin, the top universities hosting these students, their field of endeavor, their academic level, and their primary source of funding. Similar figures are given for American students abroad with some additional tables of interest; i.e., duration of study, students with disabilities. An executive summary is a useful adjunct to these presentation; it shows that once again the New York metropolitan area is the top destination for international students.

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How The Proposed Tax Reforms Will Affect Higher Education

Depending on the versions being considered, tuition waivers given to university staff would be taxed as income, and graduate stipends would also be considered as income. An analysis of the various bills is available courtesy of the American Council on Education; the National Humanities Alliance also has a piece on this issue. Other implications for higher education are explored in InsideHigherEd.

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NJCU Among Best Online Programs in New Jersey

Onlinecolleges.com has recently released its list of the top online programs in New Jersey; NJCU comes in at #9.

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Net Prices for College Go Up

These two reports – Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid from The College Board show that while tuition increases have slowed, the amount of student aid has fallen behind, meaning that the net price for attending college is trending upward. Dozens of tables present aggregate numbers on the national and state level as well as across the various higher education sectors.

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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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