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VLDS and the 2016 General Assembly

by Tod Massa 25. March 2016 22:48
Cross-posted from vlds.virginia.gov. The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, is all but a memory, save for the upcoming reconvened session when the legislature takes action on the Governor’s vetoes. The session was an exciting one for VLDS partners as the Governor had bills establis... [More]

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Student Debt, Graduates of 2014-15

by Tod Massa 17. March 2016 12:07
  The Graduate Debt reports have been released with the addition of the graduates of 2014-15. There have been no changes to format, structure, or underlying assumptions. I think the news is basically good. The increases are relatively minor, but represent a seemingly inexorable tide of students... [More]

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Down to the final hours Virginia General Assembly 2016

by Tod Massa 11. March 2016 15:25
There is about a day left in the session. The financial aid bills I mentioned in previous posts are in conference committees - SB440 and HB568. There seems to be a bit of wrangling to get them to correspond to one another. The Senate VLDS bill was left in House Education without action. However... [More]

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Save the Date: Access and Success Summit

by Tod Massa 11. March 2016 15:13
SAVE THE DATE!   A Summit on Access and Success in Virginia’s Colleges and Universities   June 8, 2016 9 a.m.-5 p.m.   The Westin Hotel 6631 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23230   In collaboration with Virginia’s institutions of higher education, K12 partners and the Gov... [More]

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Throwing data on the fire.

by Tod Massa 2. March 2016 11:43
There has been interesting back and forth on blogs and Twitter between Matt Reed (@deandad) of Confessions of a Community College Dean and Neal McCluskey (@NealMcCluskey) of the Cato Institute that was started by this piece questioning if anyone should be eligible for student loans.   I’m... [More]

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VERTEX Conference

by Tod Massa 29. February 2016 09:37
For the last few years, the University of Texas System has hosted a conference on the use of workforce data in higher education. The 2016 Conference is April 18th and 19th. I will be speaking as part of panel on the use of these data for accountability and transparency. Spoiler alert - I believe the... [More]

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Dropping Out with Student Debt

by Tod Massa 26. February 2016 16:39
Last August, Susan Dynarski wrote about “Why Students with Smallest Debts Have the Larger Problem” for TheUpshot. She first makes the point that only 2% of undergraduates borrow more than $50,000, based on data from the College Board. (Actually, we know that in Virginia, for bachelor deg... [More]

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2016 Session Update and New Reports

by Tod Massa 12. February 2016 15:38
We are nearing cross-over in the legislative session. This is the time when bills that have been passed in one chamber are sent to the other chamber for consideration. By midnight of February 16th, each chamber is required to have finished acting on their own legislation. The full lists of education... [More]

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The Proposal: Starting From Scratch

by Tod Massa 10. February 2016 21:51
This week, New America released “Starting from Scratch: A New Federal and State Partnership in Higher Education.” Have no doubt, “starting from scratch” is an accurate description. So also is “radical disruption.”  As a response to the various proposals and i... [More]

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A different take on Full-timeness and Financial Aid

by Tod Massa 5. February 2016 22:06
HB 568 from Delegate Kirk Cox makes a different set of changes than SB 440. Instead of directly focusing on the number of credits a student enrolls in each term or year, the bill would require that a student receiving a VGAP advance to the next academic level before receiving a subsequent. In o... [More]

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