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Credit where due…an internal dialog

by Tod Massa 21. March 2014 20:46
I was back in DC at USED for an IPEDS TRP. (Please note 4:7 ratio of acronyms to words. I like that.) The meeting was about defining institutions for IPEDS. As exciting as that sounds, you will have to wait to read about it once the official TRP report comes out at https://edsurveys.rti.org/ipeds_tr... [More]

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The Hunger Games: Gainful Employment

by Tod Massa 14. March 2014 22:31
As I enjoyed the feeding frenzy this week in the higher ed news media, I could not help but think of The Hunger Games, which is only one of the more recent dystopic imaginings of a future where bloodsports are major media events. Rollerball, Death Race 2000, and The Running Man are other great examp... [More]

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Just notes

by Tod Massa 7. March 2014 20:53
As I noted in the email to Reports Coordinators on the March 7 (today), a number of things are going on. We are working on the 2014 update to the wage reports. This edition will add the graduates of the 2010-11 and provide single-year views of wages at the sector, institution, and degree level, with... [More]

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War Games, Education, and Big Data

by Tod Massa 2. March 2014 12:53
Remember the penultimate scene in the 1983 movie “War Games” where scientist computer Steven Falken (played by John Wood) asks General Beringer played by Barry Corbin, “But does it make any sense?”     Stephen Falken: Uh, uh, General, what you see on these screens ... [More]

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Notes for the end of February

by Tod Massa 28. February 2014 23:42
Some of the most rigorous training in data analysis I received in college was in studio art, particularly in painting classes. When studying portraiture, one of the lessons the successful portraitist learns to really see the subject. Too often the beginner painter/drawer tries to produce something t... [More]

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An Alternative to Unit Record

by Tod Massa 21. February 2014 17:27
Anyone that knows me professionally, or has attended an IPEDS Technical Review Panel where I was present, or has read/heard my remarks from the PIRS Technical Symposium, is aware that I have been an advocate for a national unit record system at NCES since about 1998. I provided substantive assistanc... [More]

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Engagement

by Tod Massa 17. February 2014 00:13
This was a great weekend on a social media. Friday was for the seriously geeky with #EduValentine hashtag on Twitter and many clever entries that would fully populate a Hallmark section of cards. Many of these were truly clever and topical. This evolved into a collection of tweets about Valentine pl... [More]

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Something else the feds know little about

by Tod Massa 14. February 2014 20:07
What do we know about veteran success in higher education?   Turns out, like many other federal programs, not much. While there is a project in the works, described in this article from over a year ago, nothing seems to have broken lose yet.  This article suggests that a release is im... [More]

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HB 886 is Engrossed

by Tod Massa 8. February 2014 17:47
HB886 has been engrossed, which means it has passed the House of Delegates and will move on to the Senate for consideration and action. The original bill has been amended with a substitute that we helped craft. Basically the substitute moves some of the language around so the proper things are ... [More]

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A Way Forward (or Out) for USED

by Tod Massa 7. February 2014 16:58
So. Yesterday was the big symposium for proposed Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS). I think there were 18 talking heads speaking for 15 minutes each with about two hours total of questions and occasional answers. The live blog coverage is good enough that I am not going to try and summ... [More]

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