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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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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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Helicopters and financial aid

by Tod Massa 14. November 2014 17:29
There are times I wonder what we could uncover if we collected a more complex student record. I read essays like this one on helicopter parents and How the Baby Boomers Ruined Parenting Forever and I want to measure something related. Anything. When people write about helicopter parents I am always ... [More]

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Gainful Employment Redux, and Back to Court We Go

by Tod Massa 7. November 2014 18:13
We are still seeing the thinking and fallout about USED publishing the to the rules on Gainful Employment.  Matt Reed at "Confessions of a Community College Dean" over on InsideHigherEd had a nice essay. Two comments in particular caught my eye. The first is important reminder for those of us i... [More]

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Gainfully Employed, 945 pages at a time

by Tod Massa 31. October 2014 21:59
The big news is the release this week of 945 pages of rule-making for Gainful Employment. The reviews are kind of mixed as there is something for most everyone to hate. An estimated 1,400 programs would fail under the gainful employment regime, 99 percent of them at for-profits. In compari... [More]

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Playing and Paying

by Tod Massa 24. October 2014 21:13
How does academic fraud of the type that occurred at UNC Chapel Hill go on so long? InsideHigherEd and the Chronicle of Higher Education have both covered it. My first thought was to wonder what we can see in our data. In the E20 Report we have published the number of registrations by cour... [More]

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Can't help falling

by Tod Massa 17. October 2014 20:17
In Footfall, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, aliens resembling miniature multi-trunk elephants invade Earth. It's a fun story of aliens who operate with a herd mentality in conflict with humans and struggling to understand how an individual can exist without the herd. It is a fascinating explora... [More]

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Articles and pre-positions

by Tod Massa 10. October 2014 19:16
I hope everyone has had a good week. There were a number of articles that I think you should be aware of, in the event you missed them. Lumina's  released its update to the Degree Qualifications Profile (InsideHigherEd story) and Chronicle story. "Today, at an event here in its home city, ... [More]

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More on the Worthiness of College

by Tod Massa 3. October 2014 21:48
Christopher Newfield, a professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has written a fairly stunning review of both Academically Adrift and Aspiring Adults Adrift. Rather than challenge the data or findings, he challenges their facile interpretation.  T... [More]

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