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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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How to Comply with HB886

by Tod Massa 11. July 2014 14:29
Dear Colleague, Please see the information below relevant to new law that went into effect on July 1, 2014. Guidance from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for Compliance to New Code Language During the 2014 Regular Session of the General Assembly, HB 886 was adopted without... [More]

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Guidance for USED COD Sub 150%

by Tod Massa 8. July 2014 17:02
What a mess of a title. For the last couple of weeks we have been fielding calls about to handle data submissions for loan originations/disbursements to USED. The problem centers around SCHEV's use of 90.0000 as a program code for students with undeclared majors. This code has been in use since at l... [More]

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Happy Independence Day!

by Tod Massa 4. July 2014 21:54
It has been an interesting and sometimes amusing week. The most amusing thing was the Twitter outrage towards @SCOTUSBlog over the Hobby Lobby ruling. If you are not aware, @SCOTUSBlog is NOT the official blog of the Supreme Court. Admittedly their web page almost suggests otherwise. However, their ... [More]

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Speaking and Thinking Longitudinally

by Tod Massa 27. June 2014 20:55
Tuesday was our second annual VLDS (Virginia Longitudinal Data System) Insights conference. I am not going to recap the conference. There were some very good sessions, including keynotes by the "Indian George Clooney" (according to Jon Stewart) Aneesh Chopra and Virginia's Secretary of Technology Ka... [More]

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Metrics, metrics, everywhere and not a decision to be made

by Tod Massa 20. June 2014 07:09
It is the beginning of the second (and final) day of the NGA-sponsored "Higher Education Effectiveness and Efficiency Metrics Learning Lab" here in Louisville. The presenting states have some interesting work, no question about it. There have been some good stories about the use of data to inform go... [More]

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Another road-trip, another four towns

by Tod Massa 12. June 2014 22:55
I've been working on learning a song the last week. Many of you probably know it, but I never learned it: Waltzing Matilda. Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabongUnder the shade of a coolibah tree,And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled:"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, with me... [More]

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The real story

by Tod Massa 6. June 2014 18:07
In the last couple of weeks we have gotten some nice coverage regarding the article and Council agenda item on graduation rates at the public four-year institutions. Unfortunately, every bit of the coverage misses the real story. The 70% six-year graduation rate is a nice story, as is being second o... [More]

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Quick Takes from the Road

by Tod Massa 30. May 2014 08:01
A few quick takes on a Roadtrip Friday (back to Richmond) from the 2014 AIR Forum. Gary Pike continues a career of good work in institutional research. Pike and Steven Graunke, both of IUPUI, presented very interesting research on first-year retention rates using data from the Consortium for Studen... [More]

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