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The official blog of @SCHEVResearch at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Discussions about our work, national higher education data policy, and highlights about the data we publish.

 

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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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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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One Score to rule them all

by Tod Massa 29. September 2013 23:15
One of the criticisms I often face is that we rarely produce data and reports that provide easy answers to policy questions. Well, we don’t. The reason is that there are very few easy answers in higher education policy. The answers that I think are easy result in very popular sacred cows being... [More]

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The Politics of Information

by Tod Massa 27. September 2013 07:36
This is one of my favorite topics of thought and discussion, the politics of information.  I am involved in creating a lot of information. I mean, really a lot, of information. I daresay there are few Virginians really aware of how much information we publish at SCHEV Research. In fact, I suspe... [More]

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Wow, it has been an interesting week.

by Tod Massa 20. September 2013 23:16
First, we went to Radford University for the Council meeting and the annual joint meeting with Council of Presidents. After eight months of work with the TJ21 Implementation committee, the enrollment projections and degree estimates were adopted with few questions by committee and Council. This work... [More]

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Yes, that is a lot of money…

by Tod Massa 13. September 2013 22:21
Yes, that is a lot of money… In this last around of review of the graduate debt data, a question was raised.  “Can you provide data used to present this information?  I assume the SCHEV_FA data is the source, but the loan debt at ${large number over 150k} (maximum) for an art ... [More]

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Blogging Wonks

by Tod Massa 6. September 2013 19:46
Even though it is still Friday night, I am at least writing this in the office before I go home.  Today was the last of the ten-part series "The Tuition is Too Damn High" in the Wonk Blog at the Washington Post. The series has had some interesting moments, and has generated thoughtful reactions... [More]

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Six-year plans and all that jazz

by Tod Massa 30. August 2013 20:17
Yes, it's another Friday night and I am blogging work stuff. I hope that in another few weeks I can find a different time to do this, especially since I get so little feedback on these. Yet I know you are reading. The NSA told me so.  I went down Virginia seekin' shelter from the stormCaught up... [More]

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