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The Lottery

by Tod Massa 14. October 2016 22:30
The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square, between the post office and the bank, around ten o'clock; in some towns there were ... [More]

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SREB and Newsletter

by Tod Massa 7. October 2016 23:39
SREB has released new state profiles on College Affordability. Virginia's can be found here. Not sure there is anything exciting or new here, but worth a look. As part of SCHEV's efforts to increase awareness promising practices and issues impacting higher education, SCHEV is launching a weekly new... [More]

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Degrees and Progress

by Tod Massa 30. September 2016 21:36
If you haven't checked the website yet, we have updated the degrees awarded reports. Total degrees and certificates awarded in 2015-16 at public and independent colleges is now at 119,934, more than double in 1996-97's total of 57,929.  In terms of the Commonwealth's goals, this means: Awa... [More]

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Paying the Price

by Tod Massa 23. September 2016 21:04
I've been reading Sara Goldrick-Rab's "Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream." I have not had enough time to finish it yet unfortunately, so I will not give a review. What I will say is that I am pretty sure this should be required reading for anyone ... [More]

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The cost of dropping out

by Tod Massa 16. September 2016 17:28
There is an undeniable payoff in going to a college that has been documented a number of times. Recently, the Center for Education and the Workforce found that than 95% jobs created during the recent economic recovery have gone to workers with at least some college education. SCHEV's data show that ... [More]

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Data, Efforts that use Data, and Tying them Together

by Tod Massa 9. September 2016 23:21
One thing that has struck me over my career is just how often meetings are so focused on a topic and having the right people and representation in the room. On the surface this is a good thing and it usually makes meetings easier to manage than otherwise. However, what happens is that the topic tend... [More]

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Updates

by Tod Massa 26. August 2016 22:34
1) We have five people thus far volunteering to work on the streamlined enrollment projections task force. They represent W&M, GMU, JMU, RU, and RBC.  Plenty of slots left for those that are interested. I will send an email out this next week. 2) Thank you to those who have completed submis... [More]

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Enrollment Projections and Degree Estimates

by Tod Massa 19. August 2016 22:55
The enrollment projection process we use in Virginia is detailed. And burdensome. So, after talking with some folks here in Richmond we've decided to look into streamlining the submission. There are things about the current process that will have to stay in place, but I feel confident we can make su... [More]

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Reading List

by Tod Massa 12. August 2016 23:35
I was at the SHEEO (State Higher Education Executive Officers) Conference in Pittsburgh, PA part of this week. One of the highlights of the sessions was a presentation by David P Baker on the research in his book, The Schooled Society - The Educational Transformation of Global Culture. I picked up a... [More]

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In all seriousness...

by Tod Massa 5. August 2016 22:49
...I offer this excellent blog post from The Tattooed Professor. Earlier today, a robust debate emerged around an article in the “Academics Anonymous” section of The Guardian‘s “Higher Education Network” and its sweeping denunciation of social media in academe. With the... [More]

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