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Daily Archives: January 27, 2016

UK Higher Ed Cmte – From Bricks to Clicks – Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education

“The Higher Education Commission is an independent body made up leaders from the education sector, the business community and the major political parties. Established in response to demand from Parliamentarians for a more informed and reflective discourse on higher education issues, the Higher Education Commission examines higher education policy, holds evidence-based inquiries, and produces written reports with recommendations for policymakers.”

The Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education, January 2016: “Higher Education is at a point of unprecedented uncertainty and change, with fiscal changes that are leading to increasing focus upon a more student (and customer) focused model. There are new entrants into the market place, some of them offering flexible education online, and increasing focus upon international competition and overseas’ markets. Our inquiry found that institutions today have to respond to many external pressures in an effective and dynamic way, as well as to better understand – and better meet – the needs of the student body, as both key participant and funder of higher education. We are all aware of the fast-changing pace of technology and how it has revolutionised most parts of the business world; and equally aware that the higher education system may seem slow to embrace technology’s potential for change. We believe that there is often good reason for this; HE is a mature sector which has managed to adapt and develop in order to fit its shifting environmental context over many years. However, we are now faced with both more dramatic impetus to change coupled with the huge potential offered by the digital revolution. This inquiry has found that big data and analytics are trends in technology which are being used to make businesses to have more understanding of their customers and products and so become both more efficient and also able to spot trends and opportunities, and be more innovative. This report sets out recommendations that emphasise the importance of a strategy for data and analytics that needs to be put in place, and kept up-to-date, by each university. We recommend that institution needs to plan for how it will move forward from where it currently sits, in terms of systems, data and capability, to where it would like to be in the future. Change is needed in order to make this possible – and the will to change needs to come from the leadership at the head of each institution…”

Federal Open Market Committee reaffirms “Statement on Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy”

January 27, 2016: “As part of its annual organizational meeting actions, the Federal Open Market Committee reaffirmed its “Statement on Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy,” with a revision to clarify that it views its inflation objective as symmetric, and with an updated reference to participants’ estimates of the longer-run normal unemployment rate in the… Continue Reading

UK’s return to top ten of Corruption Perceptions Index carries both risks and opportunities

“An improvement of four places from 14th to 10th in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an opportunity for the UK to lead on global corruption at the Prime Minister’s forthcoming Anti-Corruption Summit in May – but carries the risk that if he fails to deliver, the UK will once again sink down… Continue Reading

New Report on Women in the Workplace

Mercer’s When Women Thrive – “The most comprehensive, analytical and predictive research on women in the workforce – linking organizational policies and programs to results.  We’ve added 13 countries since our initial 2014 report which now includes 42 countries, nearly 600 submissions, and 3.2 million employees, including 1.3 million women. New 2016 report available: Download… Continue Reading

Pew – Faith and the 2016 Campaign

“The conventional wisdom in American politics has long been that someone who is not religious cannot be elected president of the United States. Most Americans have consistently said that it is important to them that the president have strong religious beliefs. And a new Pew Research Center survey finds that being an atheist remains one… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Releases First 2012 Economic Census Product Lines Reports

“The Census Bureau today released the first product lines reports from its 2012 Economic Census Subject Series. These reports present national and state-level data at the two through six- or seven-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) level. They provide statistics on number of establishments and sales/receipts/revenue by products and contributing industry. Reports were released for the… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Banking Compliance, Defense Infrastructure, Small Business Investment Companies, Water Infrastructure

Banking: Federal Agencies’ Compliance with Section 302 of the Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act, GAO-16-213R: Published: Jan 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2016. Defense Infrastructure: Improvement Needed in Energy Reporting and Security Funding at Installations with Limited Connectivity, GAO-16-164: Published: Jan 27, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 2016. Small Business Investment Companies:… Continue Reading