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Number of Some College, No Credential Students Continues to Increase

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

More US students re-enrolled in education programs this year, but 36.8 million under 65 still lack credentials despite attending postsecondary institutions. The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center reports a 2.9% increase in such students, with growth in all states except Alaska. The report urges institutions to engage this population to help achieve the Lumina Foundation’s goal of 60% credential attainment for 25-64 year-olds by 2025. Racial and gender inequities persist, with men, Latinx, Black, and Native American students overrepresented in the stop out population. The report suggests barriers to credentials include fees and administrative holds. Institutions are urged to reassess recruitment and retention strategies, particularly

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