November 05, 2018

Is Statewide Data Worth the Cost?

by Allison Pennington

It’s not unusual to hear calls for “better data” in the world of education, but better data are expensive. It takes a significant, sustained infusion of resources to determine what information will be collected, coordinate thousands of staff across hundreds of institutions to enter that information, build a database to store it, link it to …

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October 12, 2018

A Matter of Trust: Independent Institution Concerns Regarding Security, Privacy, and Data Governance in Postsecondary Data Systems

by Lisa Gesner and Joanna Lyn Grama

In March 2018, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) held a Community of Practice convening, “Integrating Independent Institutions in Postsecondary Data Systems,” in Denver, Colorado. Part of a larger project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the March meeting included participants from nine states, representing independent institutions and state data systems, …

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May 22, 2018

State Postsecondary Data 101

by John Armstrong

Demand is high for detailed information on students’ progress and outcomes through their postsecondary education. Many factors contribute to this increased desire for information, including a renewed emphasis on institutional accountability, interest in consumer information for prospective students and regular inquiries from policymakers to state coordinating and governing boards. State Postsecondary Unit Record Systems (PSURS) are the primary …

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