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by Tod Massa 6. December 2013 22:12
With the release of the updated report for the Project on Student Debt from The Institute on College Access and Success (TICAS) there has been a lot of talk about the increase in student debt. There has also been some discussion on Twitter and in readers’ comments of various publications about... [More]

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Black Friday

by Tod Massa 30. November 2013 08:30
I don't do crowds, especially for shopping. That is why I live online. I find that the office is a wonderfully quiet place to be on Black Friday for a few hours.  I spent part of the day listening to anti-college propaganda on YouTube. Somewhere between humorous, annoying and distressing, is th... [More]

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Been there. Done that. Got the chart.

by Tod Massa 22. November 2013 18:51
In the Twitterverse and elsewhere this week, there was noise about the failure of institutions to disclose graduation rates of students with Pell grants and students without Pell but with subsidized Stafford loans. This is a disclosure requirement of the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act. My fri... [More]

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Categories: Breaking News, Reports, Student Success

Whatever it is, I'm against it.

by Tod Massa 15. November 2013 23:34
I don’t know what they have to say,It makes no difference anyway,Whatever it is, I’m against it.No matter what it is or who commenced it,I’m against it.Your proposition may be good,But let’s have one thing understood,Whatever it is, I’m against it.And even when you&rsqu... [More]

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Deconstructing Indiana

by Tod Massa 9. November 2013 09:05
This week Indiana released (http://www.in.gov/che/3019.htm) a slick new Return on Investment Report. When I first glanced at it, despite the fact it is all PDFs (c’mon we are in the age of Web2.0+ now), I was jealous. After all, they have calculated the annual cost of college before financial ... [More]

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Categories: Breaking News, General

Blog Post: The Kludgeocreacy, Big Data, and Personalized Public Policy

by Tod Massa 2. November 2013 09:03
Keep off the patio,Keep off the path. The lawn may be green But you better not be seen Walkin' through the gate that leads you down, Down to a pool fraught with danger Is a pool full of strangers.  You're living in your own Private Idaho, Where do I go from he... [More]

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Bandwagon! Jump! Missed.

by Tod Massa 24. October 2013 11:40
On October 15, Barton Hinkle wrote in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about why “College costs will soon plunge. “ This column is essentially a book review of a new book by Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, “Average Is Over.” The answer, as you can likely gues... [More]

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Categories: Data Collections, General

Too many thoughts, too little energy

by Tod Massa 18. October 2013 21:07
I admit to be a being bit more tired than usual. I drove 3,000 miles last week and added another 300 this week. I like road trips as they give me time to think and engage in imaginary arguments and debates. Unfortunately, the time driving takes me away from social media and tracking some of the real... [More]

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Thinking about debt

by Tod Massa 12. October 2013 00:15
Tonight is my last night in my hometown of Joplin, MO. I started the week in Oklahoma City to participate in GOVERNING Magazine's Workforce and Economic Development Summit. It was an interesting experience. There were 60-70 participants from across the nation, with Oklahoma heavily represented. Also... [More]

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Just a Reminder

by Tod Massa 4. October 2013 22:01
Last week I spoke to VAMAP about a number of issues, including the upcoming revision to our front page. When we roll this out you may find it somewhat jarring at first, but hopefully you will like it. Basically we are trying to simplify access to each report topic area and create some additional the... [More]

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