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How much data is enough?

by Tod Massa 13. November 2015 20:47
How much data is enough? On November 10, I was a panelist for a discussion on using data to achieve gains at the Second Annual Virginia House Education Summit. My intended comments follow, but I did go off script to talk about few issues raised both by Amiee Guidera of the Data Quality Campaign and ... [More]

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Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program Incentive Award

by MarinaMoschos 13. November 2015 12:03
Dear Colleagues, Research will be adding the “Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program Incentive Award” field to the Financial Aid data file (FADF) effective the 2015-16 collection.   Early next week your SCHEV Research liaison will be e-mailing the Reports Coordinator... [More]

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Accreditation in the News

by Tod Massa 7. November 2015 08:49
Two stories yesterday on InsideHigherEd about accreditation. The top story, Shaming Accreditors, and focuses on the announcement of a set of executive actions to drive accreditors to focus more on student outcomes. Lower down in the list, the story about a Senate Inquiry Into Accreditation tell... [More]

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Catching Up on a Breathless Week

by Tod Massa 30. October 2015 17:31
First, the State Council acted to approve the enrollment projections through 2021-22. We have reduced the displayed reports substantially to the tables used for Council action, a display of the main 2B worksheet, and an overall summary that was used for the Richmond Op6 group during the six-year pla... [More]

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The Week in a Review

by Tod Massa 22. October 2015 23:51
This week, SCHEV conducted training for new appointees to the various Boards of Visitors for the public institutions. Jamie Merisotis of the Lumina Foundation was the keynote speaker and spoke on the theme of his new book, "America Needs Talent." Looking around the room, it was clear that there was ... [More]

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With great precision comes greater burden

by Tod Massa 16. October 2015 16:47
I've been thinking more and more about what we know, and what we don't know, about student costs and charges. We have an exhaustive collection already of tuition and fee charges (which is about to get a minor makeover to comply with recommendations from JLARC), but some institutions are entirely too... [More]

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Three Thoughts - Training, Education, Retention

by Tod Massa 9. October 2015 10:44
In 1982, Army basic training/advanced individual training typically consisted of series of lessons that began with the instructor saying, "I will give you an explanation, demonstration, and practical application...." It was the days of tell/show/do. That model has been in place an awfully long time ... [More]

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Seeing/Reading what is there

by Tod Massa 3. October 2015 00:50
One of the most difficult aspects of teaching someone to code in any language is teaching debugging, which is merely a special kind of problem-solving. Like virtually every other form of problem-solving, the key to debugging is seeing the problem in front of your eyes. Are you seeing what is actual... [More]

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The Intersection of Pell and Other Stuff

by Tod Massa 25. September 2015 22:34
First off, I presented the enrollment projections for discussion, not action, this week. We felt that the Council should have a bit more opportunity to suggest direction after considering the final projections. So, final action will be at the October meeting.   Second, we updated the reports on... [More]

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The College Scorecard

by Tod Massa 19. September 2015 00:28
I have had very little time to really delve into the College Scorecard. While I think it is a necessary first step, I think it raises more questions than it answers. Over the next months, I hope to address some of these questions that are relevant to Virginia policy. One of the most puzzling pieces... [More]

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