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Hot Educational Programs in 2018

November 7th, 2019|

Econometrics Programs Show Nearly Triple Digit Growth I am delighted to return to the blogosphere community. It has been a few months since we have published a blog, but not for a lack of work going on behind the scenes here at Public Insight. You will notice that our blog is now called Power Insights. Our mission is to decode the landscape of higher education data and to educate our readers on how to unlock the power of Microsoft® Power

Has Distance Education Hit Its Peak?

December 21st, 2018|

Programs offered through distance education or what we might conventionally refer to as online programs actually declined as a percentage of all programs from 10.8% to 10.5% in 2017 and 2016 respectively. This was the first time that distance education has actually declined since this data started being collected by IPEDS in 2013. Further, the number of programs being offered by institution and 6 digit CIP combination declined from 21,748 to 21,339. Not much of a decline, but a decline

How Healthy Are U.S. Hospitals?

September 14th, 2018|

If we said that 20% of any industry was at financial risk, we would all be up in arms. However, a recent Morgan Stanley report citing that statistic was met with some degree of yawning. The report cites that 450 hospitals are at risk of closure and another 600 are "weak".  With over 90% of hospitals now having reported financials to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS through HCRIS) for 2017, we took at look at the median financial metrics

How Long Should You Wait in the Emergency Room?

August 17th, 2018|

We recently had a health scare where a family member spent over 12 hours in the emergency room. While she was not thrilled to spend so much time there, she did ultimately get good medical care. So what is excessive time in the emergency room? Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publishes a quality score which looks at average time in the emergency room. In fact, there are multiple measures of emergency wait times. The average patient waits a little

Will Voter Unpredictability Continue in 2018?

August 3rd, 2018|

Much has been written about the increased polarization of America and its collective impact on communities. There were many surprises in the 2016 election and people are bracing for a potentially tumultuous 2018 mid-term election. Ohio, where I live, is one of the swing states. The average county in Ohio changed nearly 8% (based on election over election % change) in the 2016 presidential election to Republican but this is a reversal of the 8% movement towards Democrat in the

Free-Lance Economy Continues Upward Climb

July 27th, 2018|

Moonlighting used to be a term that described a minority of people. If you moonlighted, you were supplementing your income. You either did it for extra cash or because you had to just to pay the bills. The freelance economy and the growth of the personal transportation industry alone have made many of us moonlighters and freelancers according to the latest Nonemployer Statistics released last month by U.S. Census.Gross receipts for transportation industries with NAICS codes of 4853 and 4859

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