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Upcoming reports

by Tod Massa 23. March 2018 22:21

A few items about upcoming reports. Not only do we have a new suite of reports on wage and debt outcomes coming, we also have a new suite of transfer outcomes reports on the way. These will be presented at an event in a little over a week. They differ from our current reporting in that they are focused on the time element of transfer. We also have a report on student migration, using IPEDS data, that I hope will be released next week. This is a project from our Virginia Management Fellow, Tyler Williams. 

A reminder about our survey:

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is in the process of assessing the usability of SCHEV data and if there are improvements we can make to how our data are used and communicated. This survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schevdata) is expected to take approximately 5-10 minutes.  The Council hopes to receive significant input through this survey and I encourage broad dissemination of the survey link.  Responses should be submitted no later than March 30, 2018.  If you have any questions, please let me or Pam Currey (PamelaCurrey@schev.edu) know.

And a reminder about data quality. In a recent meeting where I presented a fair amount of financial aid data, a participant had questions about the data for their former institution. It seems that it did not correspond to the data statements on the "about" page of the school's website. This is never a good thing. If an institution is trying to make a selling point that x% of all undergraduates are Pell eligible, that should be clearly discernible in the submitted data. It should also be on College Navigator. It probably should also not be based on "the number of students receiving Pell is this, and we know or at assume, that we have more students that would be eligible if they applied" unless that is going to be clearly stated. The point is this. When ostensibly simple numbers are in conflict between what has been submitted and what's on an institution's website, it creates a bit of chaos. If there is a legitimate difference inc 



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