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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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Categories: General, Reports, Student Success

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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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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In all seriousness...

by Tod Massa 5. August 2016 22:31
...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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Positions at SCHEV Research

by Tod Massa 8. July 2016 22:28
We've got a couple of brand new positions about to be advertised. They should be on the state website starting Monday. Both are exciting additions to our team and will develop Business Intelligence reports and applications using LogiAnalytics (I expect we'll do some training here.) I will update thi... [More]

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Semi-Random Thoughts on Free College and Measurement

by Tod Massa 1. July 2016 11:44
Yesterday, we had a bit of an email discussion about free community college for adult students. After the various interchanges were complete, this occurred to me: “Measurement needs to change. The ways college and community college success are currently measured are based on assumptions about ... [More]

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Changes in the Air

by Tod Massa 17. June 2016 21:19
There is no downtime in higher ed it seems these days. There is always something going on, always something changing. A few of you have contacted us about changes to the SAT and how to report SAT scores this fall. We have started discussions, and I expect we will have answers for you in the next cou... [More]

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Categories: Data Collections, General

Housing cost as a benchmark

by Tod Massa 3. June 2016 23:34
This article from Vox covers the latest report, Out of Reach 2016, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) which estimates the hourly wage needed to afford a modest two bedroom apartment without rent exceeding 30% of income. The NLIHC rent estimates use the 40th percentile of rents to... [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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15 to Finish - Virginia Style

by Tod Massa 29. January 2016 21:51
Last week's blog post focused only on 15 to Finish and the Pell grant as proposed. I should have also mentioned SB440 (Saslaw) that is working its way through the General Assembly.  SB440 makes a number of critical changes to the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) for students enroll... [More]

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