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2016 Session Update and New Reports

by Tod Massa 12. February 2016 15:38
We are nearing cross-over in the legislative session. This is the time when bills that have been passed in one chamber are sent to the other chamber for consideration. By midnight of February 16th, each chamber is required to have finished acting on their own legislation. The full lists of education... [More]

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The Proposal: Starting From Scratch

by Tod Massa 10. February 2016 21:51
This week, New America released “Starting from Scratch: A New Federal and State Partnership in Higher Education.” Have no doubt, “starting from scratch” is an accurate description. So also is “radical disruption.”  As a response to the various proposals and i... [More]

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A different take on Full-timeness and Financial Aid

by Tod Massa 5. February 2016 22:06
HB 568 from Delegate Kirk Cox makes a different set of changes than SB 440. Instead of directly focusing on the number of credits a student enrolls in each term or year, the bill would require that a student receiving a VGAP advance to the next academic level before receiving a subsequent. In o... [More]

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15 to Finish - Virginia Style

by Tod Massa 29. January 2016 21:51
Last week's blog post focused only on 15 to Finish and the Pell grant as proposed. I should have also mentioned SB440 (Saslaw) that is working its way through the General Assembly.  SB440 makes a number of critical changes to the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) for students enroll... [More]

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It’s not about the data.

by Tod Massa 29. January 2016 15:54
It’s not about the data. The two VLDS bills are making their way through the General Assembly. SB636 (Sturtevant) was reported out of the higher education subcommittee and Education & Health committee without comment. HB1036 (Murphy) was recommended to reported out of the higher education ... [More]

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15 to Finish

by Tod Massa 23. January 2016 08:37
I want to focus on one policy story this week. This is President Obama's push on Pell. Two components include return of summer Pell eligibility and a $300 bonus for enrolling in 15 credits or more.  Summer Pell makes year-round enrollment possible for many students who need it to stay on track.... [More]

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The VLDS Bill

by Tod Massa 15. January 2016 21:10
The Governor's office has drafted a bill, HB 1036, carried in the House by Delegate Murphy to place the Virginia Longitudinal Data System under SCHEV as one of its general duties. The Governor's proposed budget also includes funding for SCHEV to administer VLDS.  21. Develop and maintain a virt... [More]

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The Enrollments Are In

by Tod Massa 8. January 2016 22:03
Thanks to each of our institutional colleagues in getting the fall headcount, fall cohort, and financial aid files in ad locked. We are resolving a couple of small problems now, so we won't have all the updated reports published until sometime Monday. In the Weekend Update, you will see links to thr... [More]

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Welcome to 2017! (well, 2016)

by Tod Massa 1. January 2016 23:10
I hope everyone's 2016 is off to an awesome start! Mine has not been auspicious, which suggests that 2016 can only get better.  At least, that is the way I am looking at it. (This might be why the date is wrong in the title...I'm already looking ahead.) January moves quickly once it starts. Whe... [More]

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Measuring the Impact of Undergraduate Research

by Tod Massa 18. December 2015 23:32
A couple months ago, folks at one our public fours raised a question about adding course type value designating a course as "research." I wasn't really ready to respond to the notion at the time. It's not that I have anything against the idea, completely the opposite. I think this is the kind of cha... [More]

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