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Graduation Rates at Virginia's Public Four-Year Institutions

by Tod Massa 16. May 2014 20:12
(This is an extract of a report in next week's TJ21 Implementation Committee agenda.)  Since the gubernatorial election of 2009 and the passage of the Governor McDonnell’s higher education centerpiece, the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011, Virginia has pursued a major goa... [More]

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VLDS Insights 2014 Conference

by Tod Massa 16. May 2014 07:45
We are coming up on the second annual Virginia Longitudinal Data System Insights Conference. This is kind of a big deal since it is our second conference and we have a little more to talk about in terms of research outcomes. This is still very much a work in progress, but VLDS is here to stay. I wi... [More]

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The Risks of Being a Team Player

by Tod Massa 10. May 2014 22:06
Many of you may have noticed that our websites were inaccessible from shortly after nine a.m. Friday through mid-afternoon today. You may also have noticed you did not receive a weekend update this morning. I hate it when things like this happen. I absolutely hate it. We still don't know exactly wha... [More]

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Duncan commits to PIRS, again, and more

by Tod Massa 2. May 2014 21:36
The first article I read a few minutes after six a.m. Thursday morning was about Secretary Duncan’s statement that the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) will go forward – even without the requested 10 million dollars.  Apart from the fact that I still don’t under... [More]

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A lot of colleges between here and there

by Tod Massa 26. April 2014 00:12
I spent Thursday at a VLDS Research meeting/retreat in Charles City. I left there and started the drive to Joplin, MO where I am tonight. There are indeed a lot of colleges between here there. Even just thinking about the ones with highway signage, there are quite a lot. These colleges represent a f... [More]

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Outside the Golden Crescent - Tidewater, Richmond, NoVa

by Tod Massa 19. April 2014 08:23
I've actually taken the last few days off and am trying to catch up on everything that has been going on, so this is just a brief thought. My wife and I spent part of the week at Douthat State Park for our 25th wedding anniversary. These few days have reinforced my opinion that applying a ratings sy... [More]

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PIRSonal Affronts and the news of the week

by Tod Massa 11. April 2014 21:25
The Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System (PIRS) has gotten more press this week. The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities held a forum on Thursday to discuss possible alternatives, you can stream it here. You can read the Storified tweets (though I note it has been edited since la... [More]

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VA HB886 is now law

by Tod Massa 6. April 2014 20:12
If you are unfamiliar with reading legislative markup, Italics represent new language, strikeouts represent deleted language. I have included only the relevant sections here. for the full bill text, please go here.   SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries) State Council of Higher Educatio... [More]

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What did you learn this week? 4/4/14

by Tod Massa 4. April 2014 21:37
So, what did you learn this week? I learned that PLUS loans are not grants. I was actually already aware of this, but it is striking to me that Rachel Fishman felt it needed to be said. As important as it is to provide opportunity, it is equally important that families are not thrust into thousands ... [More]

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More on Veterans

by Tod Massa 31. March 2014 09:18
Looking at the table in my last blog post, one can see that all kinds of Virginia institutions are represented. What is the distribution according to institution type and sector? Post-911 GI Bill Beneficiaries by Control and Level, 2012             Virginia Total... [More]

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