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The Risks of Being a Team Player

by Tod Massa 10. May 2014 22:06
Many of you may have noticed that our websites were inaccessible from shortly after nine a.m. Friday through mid-afternoon today. You may also have noticed you did not receive a weekend update this morning. I hate it when things like this happen. I absolutely hate it. We still don't know exactly wha... [More]

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Duncan commits to PIRS, again, and more

by Tod Massa 2. May 2014 21:36
The first article I read a few minutes after six a.m. Thursday morning was about Secretary Duncan’s statement that the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) will go forward – even without the requested 10 million dollars.  Apart from the fact that I still don’t under... [More]

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A lot of colleges between here and there

by Tod Massa 26. April 2014 00:12
I spent Thursday at a VLDS Research meeting/retreat in Charles City. I left there and started the drive to Joplin, MO where I am tonight. There are indeed a lot of colleges between here there. Even just thinking about the ones with highway signage, there are quite a lot. These colleges represent a f... [More]

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Outside the Golden Crescent - Tidewater, Richmond, NoVa

by Tod Massa 19. April 2014 08:23
I've actually taken the last few days off and am trying to catch up on everything that has been going on, so this is just a brief thought. My wife and I spent part of the week at Douthat State Park for our 25th wedding anniversary. These few days have reinforced my opinion that applying a ratings sy... [More]

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PIRSonal Affronts and the news of the week

by Tod Massa 11. April 2014 21:25
The Postsecondary Institutional Ratings System (PIRS) has gotten more press this week. The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities held a forum on Thursday to discuss possible alternatives, you can stream it here. You can read the Storified tweets (though I note it has been edited since la... [More]

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VA HB886 is now law

by Tod Massa 6. April 2014 20:12
If you are unfamiliar with reading legislative markup, Italics represent new language, strikeouts represent deleted language. I have included only the relevant sections here. for the full bill text, please go here.   SUMMARY AS PASSED HOUSE: (all summaries) State Council of Higher Educatio... [More]

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What did you learn this week? 4/4/14

by Tod Massa 4. April 2014 21:37
So, what did you learn this week? I learned that PLUS loans are not grants. I was actually already aware of this, but it is striking to me that Rachel Fishman felt it needed to be said. As important as it is to provide opportunity, it is equally important that families are not thrust into thousands ... [More]

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More on Veterans

by Tod Massa 31. March 2014 09:18
Looking at the table in my last blog post, one can see that all kinds of Virginia institutions are represented. What is the distribution according to institution type and sector? Post-911 GI Bill Beneficiaries by Control and Level, 2012             Virginia Total... [More]

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Veterans and Postsecondary Enrollment

by Tod Massa 29. March 2014 20:23
On March 24th, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) released a report on the Million Records Project. The project is a joint endeavor of the SVA, the Veterans Administration (VA), and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). Both Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle covered the release, as... [More]

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Keeping track of things

by Tod Massa 28. March 2014 22:58
Did you know, that among the public institutions and the private non-profits participating in the Tuition Assistance Grant, there at some 4,726 programs across the combination of institutions, degree, and program. ·         1,489 are at the public four-... [More]

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