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The College Scorecard

by Tod Massa 19. September 2015 00:28
I have had very little time to really delve into the College Scorecard. While I think it is a necessary first step, I think it raises more questions than it answers. Over the next months, I hope to address some of these questions that are relevant to Virginia policy. One of the most puzzling pieces... [More]

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Notes From a Recent Presentation on Student Success Measurement

by Tod Massa 15. September 2015 23:24
INTRODUCTION I have been asked to spend a few brief minutes today talking about student success and how we measure it. “Brief” because with the wealth of data we publish on our website, it is easy for me to spend hours talking about student success in terms of degree completion and persi... [More]

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Where Virginia is today

by Tod Massa 4. September 2015 17:56
From the Chronicle of Higher education. Virginia is 12th in the nation in population.  24.8% of adults have a high school diploma, 20.1% some college but no degree, 7.3% have an associate degree, 21.1% a bachelor's degree, and 15.1% a graduate or professional degree. (I think that a population ... [More]

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And the new academic year is getting underway

by Tod Massa 14. August 2015 11:20
Next week we get back to the six-year planning meetings. A couple of these days are going to be very long with four institutional meetings each day. This will then lead to a crunch time to finish the enrollment projections for presentation and action to the Council. That is a fair amount of work to ... [More]

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Student Debt, and the Virginia Plan for Higher Ed

by Tod Massa 31. July 2015 10:03
There is a new report on student debt out from the Pew Charitable Trust.  BloombergBusiness reports on it a couple of different ways. Debt article 1: About 51 percent of black and 52 percent of Hispanic millennial and Generation X student-loan borrowers would find a different way to pay fo... [More]

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Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

by Tod Massa 19. June 2015 23:42
There was this article in Politico yesterday. “You feel so guilty that you haven’t done enough for your kid, and they make it so easy to get the loans,” said Elizabeth Hill, a 57-year-old property appraiser from the Boston suburbs with more than $30,000 in PLUS debt. “Then t... [More]

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Categories: Data Collections, General

Under-Represented Populations

by Tod Massa 29. May 2015 15:49
A couple of weeks ago, in Confessions of a Community College Dean, Matt Reed published this piece  on the trouble with longitudinal data. Of course, I disagreed (on Twitter) and pointed to the necessity of using multiple measures (which he meantions in the post itself). We are not really far ap... [More]

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Control is an illusion

by Tod Massa 7. February 2015 00:41
You may have noticed that there was no blog post last weekend.  What happened was that just about the time I was sitting down to write it, VITA/NG was performing a monthly fire suppression test at the server farm. For some reason, this lead to a power outatrigger all manner of system failures a... [More]

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Thanksgiving Completions Thoughts

by Tod Massa 28. November 2014 20:19
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a great day yesterday.  I thought I would pick up on Senator Harkin's HEA draft and talk briefly about one of the concepts: Completion rates for master's, professional, and doctoral level students If you are not aware from watching, listening to, or rea... [More]

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Holiday Migration

by Tod Massa 21. November 2014 23:01
Over the next weeks, we will be migrating one server and eliminating five. The migration is the hard job because it involves migrating five websites, including the institutional portals. As we do this, there will be some modest changes as the migration also represents the first of several stages of ... [More]

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Categories: Breaking News, General

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