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A Way Forward (or Out) for USED

by Tod Massa 7. February 2014 16:58
So. Yesterday was the big symposium for proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS). I think there were 18 talking heads speaking for 15 minutes each with about two hours total of questions and occasional answers. The live blog coverage is good enough that I am not going to try and summ... [More]

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Ratings and more ratings

by Tod Massa 31. January 2014 23:33
As we move closer to next week's day of fun and a webex of talking heads, more folks have been writing about ratings. Bob Shireman writes here. David Bergeron writes here. Bob Morse writes here with a new analysis of graduation rates of wealthy students. He makes the point that he has something that... [More]

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the Rescheduled Symposium

by Tod Massa 25. January 2014 08:21
The Technical Symposium for the Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS) has been rescheduled to February 6 because of the winter storm this week. One of my fellow presenters, Robert Kelchen has a blog,  Kelchen on Education, where he asks the question, “Is the Term “College R... [More]

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HB 886

by Tod Massa 18. January 2014 08:36
This is just a quick update on HB 886 which was introduced a couple weeks in the General Assembly. As of yet, nothing has changed about it, but we are meeting with the patron on Monday to clarify his intent with the bill. The way I interpret the bill, I don't see any real problems with it, but ... [More]

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National Efforts: A tale told by fool

by Tod Massa 18. January 2014 07:55
...full of sound and fury, but signifying nothing? This was a big week for higher ed news. We had the Education Datapalooza on Wednesday and the Presidential Summit with College presidents on Thursday. Tuesday morning we had  the announcement that the negotiated budget included a requirement th... [More]

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Enrollment Changes

by Tod Massa 10. January 2014 22:50
Monday afternoon I will be updating the Council’s TJ21 Committee on Fall 2013 enrollment.  The text of that update follows. It differs from the item in the agenda book only through the inclusion of a paragraph regarding the community college enrollments as they locked their fall headcount... [More]

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What's Up Doc, Beer Pong, and PIRS

by Tod Massa 3. January 2014 21:42
Since I did not write blog posts the last couple of weeks, there is a little pressure with this being the first post of the New Year as it might be expected to set the tone for the rest of the year. Then it occurred to me that I don’t usually pay much attention to New Year’s Eve and Day.... [More]

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Where is SCHEV?

by Tod Massa 13. December 2013 21:32
It has been kind of a rough week. There were a number of unplanned tasks thrown my way, and while they were fun and worth doing, they were unplanned. On the other side of fun we disappeared from the Internet. Utterly and completely, we just disappeared. Something happened and we don’t really k... [More]

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Art - The Best Major

by Tod Massa 7. December 2013 10:10
What would I major in today? What would I tell someone else? The last few weeks I have been thinking about choices of majors and degrees. This was particularly true last weekend after going through a number of video blogs about college being a bad choice, and certain majors being worse choices. I do... [More]

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Other People's Data

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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