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Decoding Outcome Measures Data

February 18th, 2020|

Breaking Down the Second Year Student Success Measure The IPEDS Outcome Measures data was designed as a supplement to graduation rate data which has always been questioned as an effective measure for measuring student outcomes. Outcome Measures is now in year two of its collection and provides a lot of useful information. However, it also has a lot of moving parts. Outcome Measures Reports 192 Possible Buckets The challenge with the Outcome Measures is that there are 192 possible outcomes

Lower Student Default Rates – Calm Before the Storm?

December 17th, 2019|

Loan repayment rate data may trigger resurgence in default rates The most recent Federal Student Aid student default rate data indicates that the composite student default rates declined from 10.8% in 2015 to 10.1% in 2016, a decline of 6.5% and continuing a seven-year post-recession trend. In 2010, the default rate was nearly 15%. Cause for celebration, right?  Not necessarily. The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) also published student debt data as part of the College Scorecard data, but

Visualizing Student Debt and Earnings

December 4th, 2019|

Leveraging Scatterplots to Analyze the New College Scorecard Data There has always been a symbiotic relationship between student debt and student earnings. As student debt has creeped up in recent years, there has also been a data gap with post-graduation earnings. The most recent College Scorecard data is a first attempt to provide some tie-in between student debt and student earning by field of study (4-digit CIP) level. Is the Data Good Enough? This data is far from perfect. As

Using AI to Break Down Head Count

November 20th, 2019|

New Microsoft® Power BI Visual Dynamically Analyzes Categorical Data Like fashion goes in and out of style, so do visual ways of exploring data. Several decades ago I worked with a visual called the Decomposition Tree from an upstart company Proclarity from Boise, Idaho to analyze multi-dimensional data. That company was subsequently acquired by Microsoft but the visual never lost popularity. It was the single highest requested visual presentation in the Microsoft Ideas Forum. What makes this visual so compelling

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

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