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What to count, in what context
By Tod Massa
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We frequently have conversations at SCHEV about what to display, in what context. Does a given measurement add value or confusion? If something is mandated, what is the best way to display it? What freedom do we have to design measure and its presentation?

These can be tough questions.

Even when our institutional colleagues are already publishing the same data.

When a government agency publishes something, it takes on a different level of value. Not always higher, but different.

A related blog post at Bacon's Rebellion about HB1980/SB1223. In thinking about transparency and disclosure requirements, don't forget to think about the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act.

And in other news:

Well-prepared in their eyes, the mismatch between employer views and graduate views on readiness.

Survey of Provosts Note the reader's comment from "Uncle Noodle"

The Burden of Proof in Federal Education Policy - Sen Alexander apparently is working under the assumption that states are "entitled" to federal education money and is removing most of the strings assigned to k12 dollars. If this goes through, this is a huge, huge shift with lots of implications elsewhere in the federal relationship. In fact, this may be the real way to make federal government smaller- get out of the accountability business.

What students want from college ratings

A national poll of college and high school students about college ratings systems finds that the two factors in which they are most interested are the percentage of students working in their field one and five years after graduation, and the ability of graduates to repay their loans. The poll was released this week by Chegg, a company that offers textbook rentals and other services to students. The poll also found that despite the considerable debate within higher education about the Obama administration's proposed college ratings system, relatively few college students are aware of it. Eleven percent of high school students and 13 percent of college students said that they were aware of the proposal.

Grundy,  the sickest town in Virginia

In an evolving career landscape, how should colleges prepare students?

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