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'No More Excuses': Michael M. Crow on Analytics

'No More Excuses': Michael M. Crow on Analytics | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In an interview with EDUCAUSE's Diana Oblinger, ASU's president, Michael Crow, says that we’re about to disaggregate courses from semesters. That's a big deal. Lots of planning ahead.

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The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning

The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Media at PNR this week includes a Diane Rehm show about future consequences of mass online learning with guests Selingo, Koller, Cary, and Struck. Audio and text available.


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The Collaboration Department | Do You Have a Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO)?

Not just IT!



"Technology today is all about facilitating collaboration. Collaboration within and across our institutions. Collaborations around data and ideas. Collaboration on multiple screens on multiple (and mobile devices). Robust collaboration requires communication, flexibility, resiliency, and choice. A collaborative organization provides platforms and tools that allow individuals and groups to connect, build relationships, and form networks. A system built for collaboration pushes people to the front and technology to the rear."


What would be the advantages of re-branding our IT Departments as Collaboration Departments?"

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Early demographic data hints at what type of student takes a MOOC | Inside Higher Ed

Do American MOOCs threaten disruption for international universities?


"The preponderance of international students taking MOOCs, if it persists, could have implications for the strategic directions of their providers. For example, Udacity recently made a deal with Pearson that will enable the young company to use Pearson’s testing centers to administer in-person exams to far-flung students. Pearson owns testing centers in 170 countries


It may turn out that MOOCs from elite U.S. institutions might pose the greatest disruptive threat to foreign universities, says Paul LeBlanc, the president of Southern New Hampshire University. 'It’s a bigger play, perhaps, in Asia than in the U.S.,' he said."

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Move Over Harvard and MIT, Stanford Has the Real “Revolution in Education”

Flipping the classroom is gaining greater recoginition and provides wonderful results through collaboration and shared experience instead of the usual lecture format.

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Law School Plans to Offer Web Courses for Master’s

Law School Plans to Offer Web Courses for Master’s | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Washington University School of Law will offer a master’s degree in United States law in partnership with 2tor, an education technology company.

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Did Anyone Ask the Students?, Part I - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jeff Selingo is editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is from his blog:


"As you can see, the future of higher ed should not be a one-size-fits-all online world where students are directed to a small set of career-focused majors. That’s an appropriate model for some students, particularly working adults, who might need a just a few more credits for a degree or any credential to get ahead in their careers. We often talk about how diverse our higher-ed system is, but as we design the next-generation model, perhaps we should be listening more to this generation of students to ensure it remains that way."

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#SCUP47 Presenter Heze Simmons Receives the 2011 Financial Executive of the Year Award

Simmons is presenting "Integrated Planning and Resource Allocation to Meet Changing Fiscal Realities" on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:45 am. Register for SCUP–47 by Monday, April 30 for early bird savings!


"Rochester Business Journal and Financial Executives International award this distinction to individuals who make significant contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year. Heze was recognized for student focused financial decision making, empowering and developing employees and leading efforts for the very successful shuttle between campuses. Outside of MCC, Simmons was recognized for his contributions to Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development Center.


In an article in the Rochester Business Journal, Heze said 'I see this award as a tribute to my staff and an extension of all the hard work they do, too.'"

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How Exercise Can Prime the Brain for Addiction

How Exercise Can Prime the Brain for Addiction | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
An eye-opening new study of cocaine-addicted mice found that dedicated exercise may in some cases make it even harder to break an addiction.


"'But, really, what the study shows,' he continues, 'is how profoundly exercise affects learning.'


When the brains of the mice were examined, he points out, the runners had about twice as many new brain cells as the animals that had remained sedentary, a finding confirmed by earlier studies. These cells were centered in each animal’s hippocampus, a portion of the brain critical for associative learning, or the ability to associate a new thought with its context."

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Belief and Lazy Consensus: Focusing on Governance - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

When it comes to faculty governance, Jason B. Jones see an analogy to soccer, when a team is dispirited after an unexpected goal by the other side:


"I think there’s a metaphor here that’s related to faculty governance.


The simultaneous erosion of tenure-track positions over the past three decades and the systematic abuse of contingent appointments has, as Debra Lee Scott has recently observed, left professors discombobulated: “We have been deprofessionalized. And by de-professionalizing us, the administration has gained control and silenced the faculty” (via Jonathan Rees).


The quietism of some faculty stems from many sources: the desire not to seem like a crank; misconceiving of the work of the university as “service” rather than governance; deciding to focus on your disciplinary colleagues elsewhere (or online) instead of your institution; a healthy human hatred of meetings–all of these add up to a sort of despair that the faculty can make a difference.


They amount, in short, to a crisis in belief." (Like when the soccer team ... .)

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Should Yale College Faculty Approval be Needed to Build a New Campus in Singapore?

Even if that campus will not be granting Yale College degrees. From the Dean of Faculty: "It is true that the Yale College faculty have never recorded an official vote on the project. Technically that's appropriate since Yale-NUS will not be giving Yale College degrees."


From the Yale College Faculty (YCF) "Yale held a series of “town meetings” prior to finalizing the agreement to create Yale-NUS -- an undergraduate, residential liberal arts college -- and dozens of individual faculty members have served on planning committees. But there has never been a formal Yale College faculty vote on the matter. "The Yale College Faculty is not a 'town,' " said Miller. "We are the constituted body of the professors of arts and sciences at Yale; Yale's reputation comes from us -- not from the corporation" ("the corporation" being the name for Yale’s governing board).


“When Yale went co-ed, the YCF [Yale College Faculty] voted. When, last year, there was a decision about bringing ROTC back, the YCF voted. But when there was a question about setting up the first sister campus bearing Yale's name in 300 years, suddenly it was 'not a project of Yale College,' and we were not allowed to vote; the corporation acted on its own," Miller said.

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The Post-Colonial Question - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Post-Colonial Question - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An interesting question about liberal arts education in Hong Kong, just in time for the first-ever meeting of Higher Education Planners Asia (HEPA) occurring, in Hong Kong, in conjunction with SCUP's Pacific Regional Conference iat Stanford University: http://www.scup.org/PA2012-SM.

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Technology helps personalize the college experience for SOCCD students

Technology helps personalize the college experience for SOCCD students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
California’s South Orange County Community College District is a leader in ed-tech innovation, with custom-developed applications that help students register for courses, buy textbooks, and find the courses that are right for them.


Q&A Excerpt


"Q: Have you noticed an increase in student performance and/or motivation? If so, how?


A: Yes. Students have used My Academic Plan (MAP) to create over 107,000 academic plans, and our Sherpa recommendation engine helped students find alternatives to closed classes more than 2,000 times last semester."


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Life After College: The Challenging Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort

Life After College: The Challenging Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The authors of Academically Adrift report on how recent college grads are managing. They're still stalking that cohort!


Yosipa Roksa and Richard Arum stirred up a great deal of conversation at SCUP–46. (SCUP members, and others who attended, can view video of Roksa and Arum’s plenary session in the SCUP–46 proceedings.)


In this Change magazine article, they report on their research about what’s happening in the lives of recent college grads.

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Alcorn State gives faculty a role in deciding administrators' fate | Inside Higher Ed

Dean prioritization:


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Dickson Idusuyi, the Faculty Senate president and an associate professor of social science at the university, said that discussions have centered around how to make Alcorn more efficient and whether some departments need restructuring. Idusuyi said the university has had a culture where deans stay on in their jobs year after year. “They stay in these positions too long to be effective,” he said. “It doesn’t mean they are not doing their work or they are inefficient. Being a dean is not a lifetime appointment. Just like there is reassessment in the business world, there should be a reassessment of these positions.


Brown said that one problem with the existing situation was that the deans were not being re-evaluated regularly.


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Certificates Make Up 22% of All College Awards; Up From 6% in 1980

"Certificates are the fastest-growing college credential, with a big wage payoff. But earnings mostly go to men, and the certificate remains largely misunderstood in 'completion agenda.'"

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Learning Disabled Students Welcome | University Business Magazine

A nice review of leading-edge practices aimed at being inclusive:


"The learning problems for these undergrads range from ADHD and dyslexia to dyscalculia (the dyslexic equivalent of dealing with mathematics). Students receive ongoing, often daily support to navigate the regular college curriculum, with an emphasis on individualized learning techniques.


For generations, untold numbers of people with these very disabilities, many without knowing they had them, have attended and graduated college and pursued successful careers. But, experts in the field say, even greater numbers may not have made it to—or through—an undergraduate career.


Academic resource centers, study skills help, and accommodations such as untimed tests are commonly offered but don’t go far enough for students with LD, Strichart says. “Those resource centers are set up for the general college population and usually have no personnel to work with a special needs population,” he points out. 'You’re not getting specialized tutors or people certified in learning disabilities.'"

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Bellevue College, Washington [Previously Bellevue Community College]

Bellevue College, Washington [Previously Bellevue Community College] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Check out Bellevue College's website. Today only, you'll see what the differently-abled see.

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20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic

20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We're not sure that we agree that all of these are either (a) disruptive or (b)n different from each other. What do you think of this (alphabetical) list?

  • Apple Textbook Initiative
  • Charter Schools
  • Common Core Adoption (i.e., one set of national standards)
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Gender-specific Classes
  • Growth of homeschooling
  • iPad Implementation
  • iTunes U
  • Khan Academy
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
  • MITx
  • New Learning Models
  • Personalized Learning
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Race to the Top
  • Service-based Learning
  • Smartphone Integration
  • Social Media Integration
  • Teach for America
  • Traditional Differentiation
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Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning

Medea - The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nilsson, Elisabet M. (2011). The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.


Keywords: maker-space, open lab, peer-to-peer learning, co-design, socio-cultural theories, social and technological innovation, co-production

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Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College?

Why Do So Many Americans Drop Out of College? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
How America's higher education system became one big dropout factory...


An international perspective: "Unprepared students sign up for school because they think a degree is their passport to the middle class. They should have other options."

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Boston Professor Uses Frequent Feedback From Class as Teaching Aide

Boston Professor Uses Frequent Feedback From Class as Teaching Aide | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
While end-of-term evaluations are common, a Boston University educator stands out for regularly soliciting students’ suggestions and fine-tuning his approach.


"[E]ven in an era when teacher evaluations and learning assessments are a hot topic in education, Dr. Zaman stands out in his constant re-engineering of his teaching: He graphs the results the day he collects them (an upward trend is visible), sends out an e-mail telling the class about any fine-tuning he plans in response to their comments, and starts the following class by discussing the feedback.


'A lot of college teaching is not very good, and everybody knows it,' he said. 'Having student evaluations at the end of the course doesn’t do anything to help it get better, and the person who does the evaluation can never benefit. To me it just seems intuitive to ask for ratings all along.'”

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Who Will Bankroll Poetry? Fighting for the Humanities

Who Will Bankroll Poetry? Fighting for the Humanities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The accountability and assessment movement, which has largely overtaken K–12 education, now has its eyes on higher education. It has a wedge issue—the education of K–12 teachers. Case law gives the state a vested interest in the education of elementary and high school students. And thus state education departments and regional and national accrediting agencies will seek more power over and uniformity in teacher-training programs. The Obama administration’s Department of Education plan for teacher-education reform and improvement, Our Future, Our Teachers (released September 30, 2011), makes it clear that the federal government has embraced the same agenda. Look for more prescribed syllabi, more identical final exams, less academic freedom, and less opportunity for variation in educational philosophy.


And the accountability movement intersects with the for-profit sector’s altogether instrumental view of education. Education for some interested parties merely delivers content, teaches skills, provides socialization, and manages credentialing. These four aims can be unbundled and provided more cheaply than traditional higher education can."

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Virginia program promotes shorter-term collaboration | Inside Higher Ed

UVA's OpenGrounds must have had an interesting planning process:


"Hoping to encourage more interdepartment work without creating a flurry of new centers, Virginia is launching OpenGrounds. The network provides resources for both short- and long-term academic partnerships while giving Virginia the versatility to focus on the best research. A quick search of Virginia's directory reveals about 90 centers that appear to have some research orientation. Those numbers certainly aren't unique to Virginia, but the hope is that OpenGrounds will foster other kinds of collaborations.


“It remains nimble rather than what often happens where things develop an infrastructure and are there forever whether they’re needed or not,” said William Sherman, the director of OpenGrounds and Virginia’s associate vice president for research.
After 18 months of planning, OpenGrounds will begin in earnest next week when it opens on-campus space for collaborators to meet. Researchers will maintain their office and labs in their home departments, but can use the OpenGrounds office for discussion or planning."

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