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It’s not about the data.

by Tod Massa 29. January 2016 15:54
It’s not about the data. The two VLDS bills are making their way through the General Assembly. SB636 (Sturtevant) was reported out of the higher education subcommittee and Education & Health committee without comment. HB1036 (Murphy) was recommended to reported out of the higher education ... [More]

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15 to Finish

by Tod Massa 23. January 2016 08:37
I want to focus on one policy story this week. This is President Obama's push on Pell. Two components include return of summer Pell eligibility and a $300 bonus for enrolling in 15 credits or more.  Summer Pell makes year-round enrollment possible for many students who need it to stay on track.... [More]

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The Enrollments Are In

by Tod Massa 8. January 2016 22:03
Thanks to each of our institutional colleagues in getting the fall headcount, fall cohort, and financial aid files in ad locked. We are resolving a couple of small problems now, so we won't have all the updated reports published until sometime Monday. In the Weekend Update, you will see links to thr... [More]

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Welcome to 2017! (well, 2016)

by Tod Massa 1. January 2016 23:10
I hope everyone's 2016 is off to an awesome start! Mine has not been auspicious, which suggests that 2016 can only get better.  At least, that is the way I am looking at it. (This might be why the date is wrong in the title...I'm already looking ahead.) January moves quickly once it starts. Whe... [More]

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Measuring the Impact of Undergraduate Research

by Tod Massa 18. December 2015 23:32
A couple months ago, folks at one our public fours raised a question about adding course type value designating a course as "research." I wasn't really ready to respond to the notion at the time. It's not that I have anything against the idea, completely the opposite. I think this is the kind of cha... [More]

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Closing the gap

by Tod Massa 4. December 2015 23:00
As a reminder, the Commonwealth has adopted a measure and target within the Virginia Plan for Higher Education to eliminate gaps in student success (using SCHEV’s Student Success Index) by 2030. Information regarding the Virginia Plan is at http://www.schev.edu/schev/StrategicPlan.asp. Specifi... [More]

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How much data is enough?

by Tod Massa 13. November 2015 20:47
How much data is enough? On November 10, I was a panelist for a discussion on using data to achieve gains at the Second Annual Virginia House Education Summit. My intended comments follow, but I did go off script to talk about few issues raised both by Amiee Guidera of the Data Quality Campaign and ... [More]

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With great precision comes greater burden

by Tod Massa 16. October 2015 16:47
I've been thinking more and more about what we know, and what we don't know, about student costs and charges. We have an exhaustive collection already of tuition and fee charges (which is about to get a minor makeover to comply with recommendations from JLARC), but some institutions are entirely too... [More]

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Seeing/Reading what is there

by Tod Massa 3. October 2015 00:50
One of the most difficult aspects of teaching someone to code in any language is teaching debugging, which is merely a special kind of problem-solving. Like virtually every other form of problem-solving, the key to debugging is seeing the problem in front of your eyes. Are you seeing what is actual... [More]

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The Intersection of Pell and Other Stuff

by Tod Massa 25. September 2015 22:34
First off, I presented the enrollment projections for discussion, not action, this week. We felt that the Council should have a bit more opportunity to suggest direction after considering the final projections. So, final action will be at the October meeting.   Second, we updated the reports on... [More]

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