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Jon Boeckenstedt
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I'm a Contrarian. Or maybe I'm not.
I'm a Contrarian. Or maybe I'm not.

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Welcome to the Hen House, Mr. Fox
Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, has just indicated that he will head a new task force to examine the Department of Education's policies on colleges and universities: Things like, " overreaching regulation” and micromanagement by the dep...

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What kind of jobs can I get if I major in English? (Lots) Do I have to major in science to go to medical school? (No) Do actors have to go to a Theater program? (No). All these sound like conventional wisdom, but now, thanks to my friends at Human Capital R...

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Could the Ivy League Universities stop the insanity in DC? Probably not. But it's nice to dream.

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NY City Public Schools, and what they might tell us about the SAT
Recently, I received a message from Akil Bello who pointed out a data visualization he had seen.  It was originally posted to Reddit , but later was edited to eliminate the red-green barrier that people with color-blindness face.  The story was here , using...

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The Outlook in Illinois
Much of what I post here is slightly modified from what I use at work, and this is no exception.  Here at DePaul (like most universities) the biggest single slice of enrollment comes from our own state, and it's important to know what's going to be happenin...

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Medical, Law, and Dental Degrees, 1955-56 to 2013-14
You can look at a lot of places on this blog to find the story of women and the increases in educational attainment over time, but perhaps none is so compelling as this one.  It was very rare for women to have college degrees in the 1940's and 1950's , but ...

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A Fresh Look at the New WICHE Data
Note: You should view this on a tablet or desktop. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has just published the 9th version of " Knocking on the Door ," a look at demographic projections of high school graduates in the US.  And seve...

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Undergraduate Institutions of Doctoral Recipients, 2014
One of the most popular posts on this blog has been this one , where I showed the baccalaureate college of the nation's 2011 doctoral recipients. This is an update to that, using 2014 data from the NSF . It's pretty simple: There are three views here. On th...

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A different look at diversity in US Higher Education, looking at the ecosystem the way an ecologist might.

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ACT, to no one's surprise, says test-optional is a bad thing. I say one hot take deserves another 
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