Kittens vs. Beer

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="342"] Credit:[/caption] You've heard of the saying "it's free like kittens, not free like beer"?  I love's a great way of telling someone that "free" may not be the kind of free they are thinking about.  In our role with higher ed data and analytics, we come across numerous ways of getting at data and analyzing the results to help improve student success.  One core concept that we keep coming back to is that nothing is free (free like beer, that is).  There are definitely ways of doing things more efficiently, but in the end, you have to pay the piper in some way (free like kittens). So, where does the kitten/beer schism come into play?  Turns out, there are many misconceptions about where the work is and…
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