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Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals

Thu, Jan.31, 2019

Denver, Colorado

The second “Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals” Community of Practice convening will be held January 31 and February 1, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. This two-day meeting will provide an opportunity for state researchers and policy analysts to address shared challenges related to setting and supporting progress toward educational attainment goals. State teams will receive professional development and technical assistance regarding data modeling and visualization in support of those goals. The convening will include teams from 17 states, SHEEO staff, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation staff, and subject-matter experts from other national education policy organizations.
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SHEEO Communities of Practice: Developing Guided Pathways and Financial Aid Metrics in State Data Systems Call for State Teams

Wed, Apr.17, 2019

Seattle, Washington

SHEEO will hold the fifth in a series of Communities of Practice convenings April 17-18, in Seattle, Wash. This two-day meeting will provide an opportunity for state researchers and policy analysts to address shared challenges related to developing and including metrics relevant to guided pathways and financial aid in state postsecondary data systems. The Community of Practice will address questions such as: 
  • Given the proliferation of guided pathways models, what kinds of metrics should states be developing to determine which models are most effective and how to bring them further to scale?
  • How can states measure gateway course completion and other momentum metrics?
  • What kinds of metrics should states develop regarding financial aid, affordability, and the financial health of students and graduates?
  • How can states measure debt, unmet need, and repayment status?
  • For all of these metrics, how should states use their postsecondary data systems to disaggregate outcomes for low-income students, students of color, rural students, and older adults?
  • How can states appropriately use FAFSA data?
The Guided Pathways and Financial Aid Metrics Community of Practice will include teams from six to eight states, SHEEO staff, BMGF staff, and subject-matter experts from other national education policy organizations. This convening will launch an ongoing network for Community of Practice members to share information and workshop solutions with their counterparts in other states. State teams should be comprised of three to four members with responsibility for state data systems, institutional research, policy analysis, or communications. The BMGF will defray all travel costs related to attending the convening. States interested in participating in the Community of Practice should submit a letter of interest by February 4, 2019. The letter of interest should include: 
  • The names, titles, email addresses, and organizational affiliations of team members (members are not required to be SHEEO agency staff);
  • A brief description of the state’s interest in metrics relevant to guided pathways and/or financial aid; and
  • Two to three professional development or technical assistance needs regarding guided pathways and/or financial aid.
Letters of interest should be addressed to Dr. Christina Whitfield, SHEEO senior vice president and chief of staff, and emailed to Caitlin Dennis at cdennis@sheeo.org.
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Data Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals

Thu, Sep.27, 2018

Washington D.C.

The first of two “Modeling and Visualization in Support of State Attainment Goals” Community of Practice convenings was held September 27-28, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Teams from 15 states addressed shared challenges related to setting and supporting progress toward educational attainment goals. The meeting provided professional development and technical assistance on a wide range of topics including:
  • Strategies for modeling attainment goals
  • Predictive modeling approaches
  • Data visualization best practices
  • Using visualizations to focus stakeholder attention on problems, such as attainment gaps, that need to be addressed
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2018 - IPEDS Coordinators Meeting and NCES State Data Conference

Mon, Apr.30, 2018

Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport

This event brings together IPEDS coordinators, staff from state higher education agencies, and other postsecondary participants for training in the latest features of the IPEDS data collections system and analytical tools. It also provides a forum for information exchange on policy and data issues of importance in postsecondary education.
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