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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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What to count, in what context

by Tod Massa 23. January 2015 20:05
We frequently have conversations at SCHEV about what to display, in what context. Does a given measurement add value or confusion? If something is mandated, what is the best way to display it? What freedom do we have to design measure and its presentation? These can be tough questions. Even when our... [More]

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2015 to 2030 in just 8 months

by Tod Massa 16. January 2015 22:36
On Monday of this week, the Council met.  One of the action items was to approve the proposed calendar for upcoming Enrollment Projection and Degree Estimates process. The schedule below is not too different from 2013. 1. Discussion with GPAC – January 26th 2. Kickoff Webinar – Febr... [More]

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Completion and Enrollment

by Tod Massa 9. January 2015 23:16
I *could* write about President Obama's proposal for free community college, however, I plan to save that for another time. Instead, just some of the pieces to read are provided below. Chronicle -   InsideHigherEd   A reader comment worth noting: Richard Sherry  One of those adol... [More]

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Happy New Year!

by Tod Massa 3. January 2015 08:39
Matt Read (@DeanDad) over at Confessions of a Community College Dean on InsideHigherEd has written his hopes for 2015. The most interesting bit is this: Apply “Gainful Employment” to Graduate Programs New Ph.D.’s in a host of disciplines struggle to find jobs, and yet graduate prog... [More]

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Happy Ratingsmas!

by Tod Massa 20. December 2014 08:58
After 16 months of hearings, public comment, expert testimony, a lot of hand-wringing, and many Microsoft-like promises, the feds have released a framework of sorts for the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS). The press and select others were briefed Thursday and thus had their stories r... [More]

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Completion Rates at the Master's Level

by Tod Massa 12. December 2014 21:52
So, let's start this conversation, shall we? According to the findings in a study by the Council of Graduate Schools, 66% of students in STEM master's program complete a master's degree in four years, while 86% of those in MBA programs complete within four years. So, this gives us some idea of a ben... [More]

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Trust, Big Data, and Bad Timing

by Tod Massa 5. December 2014 20:08
I read this story before Thanksgiving. A principal in New York finds that the state's education department (NYSED) issued reports on high school graduates attending college seems to be terribly flawed. Principal Burris was not shy about letting people know. The report is based on data from the NYSED... [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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Senator Harkin's Unit Record Proposal

by Tod Massa 21. November 2014 23:08
As you read through the text note such items as: Necessary and sufficient for the fall enrollment, 12-month enrollment, completions, student financial aid and net price, graduation rates, student charges portions of IPEDS  Dollar amount and number of students receiving Federal, State, institut... [More]

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