Spring is Here! Which Counties are Physically Active
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Spring is Here! Which Counties are Physically Active

I love spring!  As a warm weather person living in the Northeast, I can’t wait to get outside and be physically active. While many are like me, still 29% of the U.S. remains by and large physically inactive and it is very regionally concentrated. The County Health Rankings uses a measure…

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Violence Against Women Offenses Up 9.5%

This is the third year that the Campus Safety and Security (CSS) data has released separate violence against women (VAW) offenses. This data captures three types of offenses; domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and analyzes it for both on campus and off campus locations. Overall, there were 16,183 VAW…

CMS Releases 2016 Opioid Prescription Data
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CMS Releases 2016 Opioid Prescription Data

This week, CMS released 2016 Opioid Part D Prescribing Rates data which follows on the heels of the original release several months ago. This data release includes Opioid prescriber, claims, and extended release claims at the national, state, county, and zip code level. We have updated our Opioid Prescribing Rates…

Endowments per Student Down in 2016
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Endowments per Student Down in 2016

How financially fit is your institution? One of the measures that Forbes has used in assessing the financial fitness of postsecondary institutions is endowment assets per FTE. This metric takes the value of endowment assets at the end of the year and divides it by the number of FTE’s. In…

Black Disparities in Premature Death
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Black Disparities in Premature Death

County Health Rankings has always used Premature Death as a measure in deriving its ranking formula. Years of Potential Life Lost Before Age 75 (or YPLL) counts as 50% of the Health Outcomes score. Every death occurring before the age of 75 contributes to the total number of years of potential…

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Villanova vs. Michigan in Athletic Costs

Villanova clearly dominated Michigan on the basketball court and has now won the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament two of the last three years. But how has that success translated to other sports and to the athletic costs in general.    The Equity in Athletics data is released annually by the…

The Reverse Boom – Counties With Natural Population Decreases
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The Reverse Boom – Counties With Natural Population Decreases

Population estimates are now trickling out and will continue to be released by the U.S. Census through next summer. Population estimates take into account births, deaths, and migration. As migration has slowed, demographers have focused more on what is called naturalized increases, which is the excess of births over deaths….

Distance Education Programs up 8.2%
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Distance Education Programs up 8.2%

Distance Education continues its upward climb according to the most recent distance education data from IPEDS. The number of programs increased 8.2% in 2016, but this increase was less than the whopping 12.6% in 2015. There are now over 29,000 programs offered through distance education. Certificate programs continued their strong…

CDC Publishes 2016 Natality (Births) Data
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CDC Publishes 2016 Natality (Births) Data

The CDC recently released updated Natality (Births) data for 2016. State laws require birth certificates to be completed for all births, and Federal law mandates national collection and publication of births and other vital statistics data. The National Vital Statistics System provides access to statistical information from birth certificates and CDC makes…

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Breaking Down Net Price, Tuition, and Aid

Reports by College Board and others have indicated that net price, the true measure of what a student pays to attend college, continues to rise. College Board has maintained that the actual net price has been increasing for six to eight straight years.    Net price is defined as the…