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Housekeeping and articles

by Tod Massa 19. September 2014 07:03
Another Council meeting is done and we are moving towards finalizing a statewide strategic plan for higher education, as required by law. Also, Certification via the Institutional Performance Standards and Level II metrics is done. Thank you all for your cooperation and work on this project.  T... [More]

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The Wages of Rankings and other news

by Tod Massa 12. September 2014 22:46
Of course the big news of this week was the release of the Mid-Career Wage Outcomes of Graduates. On the surface, it may appear that, other than that these are probably the first of their kind anywhere,  there is nothing really exciting or interesting here. However, that is not the case. T... [More]

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Rankings and tidbits

by Tod Massa 5. September 2014 21:56
I just read that Rock'n'Roll is dead. I can't decide if I am in mourning or if it is no different than the death of country music twenty years ago. As far as I can tell, listening to Outlaw Country on SiriusXM, there is some great country music being produced.  I guess it is all in how you meas... [More]

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Starting a new school year - How does that rank?

by Tod Massa 29. August 2014 22:36
Just a reminder, last week I pointed to these events: New York Times Upshot College Rankings 9/8 US News & World Report America's Best Colleges 9/9 ACSFA Hearing on PIRS 9/12 Now that the Washington Monthly Rankings are out, and five Virginia institutions ended up on at least one of four lists... [More]

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Closing Down Summer

by Tod Massa 22. August 2014 20:59
I don't know about you, but this has definitely not been the summer of my dreams, not even the summer I had planned. It has simply been far too busy at home and work. I hope your summer has been better. This week's round-up of articles is pretty eclectic at first glance. Dig deeper, and they tell an... [More]

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Tools and more tools, and Ender's Game

by Tod Massa 15. August 2014 20:04
There were a number of articles this week worth reading. LinkedIn's new "field of study explorer" is quite interesting. I am not sure I have a great deal of confidence of in their algorithms, but is an interesting tool. Unfortunately, you have to a LinkedIn member to use it, making it less useful fo... [More]

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Things you should have read this week

by Tod Massa 8. August 2014 20:11
On Monday, George Cornelius blogged a response to Valerie Strauss' Washington Post article about Virginia's college presidents sending a letter to Secretary Duncan about the proposed ratings system. It's worth a read because it is important to see the contrasting thoughts of individuals that support... [More]

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Timing, Delays, and Opportunity

by Tod Massa 1. August 2014 22:35
So, (Yes, I am starting with "So"...pretend I am a Hipster) I had planned to release the Mid-Career Wages reports today. We have decided to wait a couple more weeks. While I was waiting to present at the TJ21 Committee meeting, I got an email that our 2013 wage files were ready. Great! Well, kind of... [More]

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Open Data, part 1

by Tod Massa 26. July 2014 00:00
In case you haven't seen the coverage, I presented the mid-career wage outcomes data for the graduates of 1992-93 on Monday. Time was constrained, but the report was well-received by the members. We will be releasing the data products very soon. Jean Mottley presented the IPS measures draft, along w... [More]

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It is a Risky Business

by Tod Massa 18. July 2014 17:50
When I decided to this start this blog, I had a different idea in mind. Initially, I was thinking of something more formal. But that is not really me, and so it became a mix of national issues, state issues, and social media. Based on the feedback I have received, it seems to be working. Please let ... [More]

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