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Leaner, Meaner State U—Kevin Kiley Reports on NACUBO 2012

Leaner, Meaner State U—Kevin Kiley Reports on NACUBO 2012 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Kevin Kiley’s must-read summary of NACUBO 2012 tells of other fast-moving change coming at us. This is a must-read!

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Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online

Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A Web-based education need not involve never leaving the house. Who'll be first to offer the best networking amenities?

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Midway College's attempt at creating a pharmacy school shows dangers of assumed quick fix | Inside Higher Ed

Lots of lessons learned in this failed attempt by a small, indenpendent school to create a School of Pharmacy at a branch location.


 Lots of colleges are looking for a miracle cure for what ails them these days.


In 2010, Midway College, a private women's college in Kentucky, thought it had found its wonder drug in the form of pharmacy school. It would be built in Paintsville, a city several hours from the college's main campus, with funds from a major gift. The school, which would be coeducational, could help the college develop an economically disadvantaged section of the country, attract students and tuition dollars, and fill a vital niche in the community.


But after two years and several million dollars spent, the college has nothing to show for its efforts except a damaged reputation, some administrative turnover, and an empty building, with little hope that it will ever be filled. [end quote]

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A Houston Community College in University City: '[P]olicies are more prone to abrupt changes.'

A Houston Community College in University City: '[P]olicies are more prone to abrupt changes.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Less than two years after Community College of Qatar opened in partnership with Houston Community College, 11 students became the country’s inaugural community college graduates.

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Learning, Freedom, and the Web | Anya Kamenetz | July 9, Chicago #SCUP47

Learning, Freedom, and the Web | Anya Kamenetz | July 9, Chicago #SCUP47 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The continuing transformation of higher education, with the twin pressures of economics and technological innovation, will challenge colleges and universities to find new efficiencies and specialization, embrace and incorporate a student's personal learning networks and paths, blend experiential and digital approaches, and adopt free and open-source educational resources. The dialogue is an evolving one, but Kamenetz will share her initial findings, and asks you to consider the impact of tuition and student loans, as well as technology and social media, on higher education.


Anya Kamenetz is bringing an entirely unexpected perspective on the future of knowledge, talent, and innovation. An educational futurist and the rare speaker on issues facing Millennials (while actually belonging to this generation), she delivers audiences core insights into change, technology, and talent.

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Debt: Not just for undergrads

Debt: Not just for undergrads | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

These days, a law degree comes with $150,000 of debt -- and no guarantee of a job after graduation...


Sometimes perception is reality, and this is a growing perception.

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History Flushed: The digital age promised vast libraries, but they remain incomplete

History Flushed: The digital age promised vast libraries, but they remain incomplete | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

IN 1086 William the Conqueror completed a comprehensive survey of England and Wales.


The digital age promised vast libraries, but they remain incomplete. From The Economist.

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Barbarians at the Gate: Welcome!

Barbarians at the Gate: Welcome! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The tension between commerce and higher education isn’t likely to get less provocative over the next few years. While campuses have become accustomed to having vendors assume responsibility for f...


More thoughts coming from the ASU Education Innovation Summit: "reports from the event note that the majority of participants, and almost all of the speakers were not educators, but entrepreneurs, technology company executives and investors."

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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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At UNT-Dallas, Consultants Propose a Reinvention - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

And faculty are wary:


"Bain projects that the model would allow UNT-Dallas to offer an education for less than $6,000 a year well into the future­—a bit less than the $6,600 students pay now. (For students who qualify for Pell Grants, the out-of-pocket expense would be about $2,000 a year.) Bain says that by adopting the new model and increasing enrollment, the university could operate by 2022 at a cost of $30,000 per graduate. Without a change in course, Bain says, that cost would be about $100,000 per graduate."

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New York U.-Led Consortium Wins City Backing for Research Institute - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

New York U.-Led Consortium Wins City Backing for Research Institute - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Yet another one:


"NYU and the consortium had bid for at least some of the $100-million the city offered but sought a different site, the 460,000-square-foot former headquarters of the New York City Transit Authority, at 370 Jay Street in Brooklyn. But as it did with the Roosevelt Island site—to the chagrin of Stanford University, which abruptly walked away from its bid, complaining that the city was being unfair—New York City exacted a price for the use of its property.


NYU will be responsible for up to $60-million of the costs of relocating police- and transit-authority equipment now housed in the building. NYU will also be expected to complete the renovation by the summer of 2017 and hold the first classes there by September of that year. The city said NYU would receive $15-million worth of unspecified 'benefits'to help offset its development costs in Brooklyn."

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The Power of Strategic Thinking | Association of Governing Boards

"A Dartmouth University professor puts the tasks that all organizations must perform into three boxes: (1) a box containing those things an institution does to make its core business as excellent as possible, (2) a box of “selective forgetting” for eliminating activities no longer productive or useful, and (3) a box of innovation for selective experimentation with projects that anticipate the future. Most organizations know how to succeed at the first task, says Vijay Govindarajan, who teaches at the university’s Tuck School of Business and writes on business strategy, but they do not spend sufficient time and intellectual focus on the second and the third. Although Govindarajan makes this argument about businesses, it readily applies to colleges and universities—and the boards that govern them."

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Florida Tech Has New Scholarship Programs For Valencia Grads

In add-on to that program, Florida Tech has set up a second grant module that will enable Valencia College President Sandy Shugart to endowment 10 Valencia former students with scholarships that are valued at $15000 a ...


Valencia College president Sanford Shugart is Sunday's plenary speaker at SCUP–47. Register now!

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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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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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Shift from branch campuses reflects changes in educational delivery and demand

Kevin Kiley of Inside Higher Ed takes off on a blog post by Northeastern University dean (of the Metropolitan College) Jay A. Halfond that we shared a couple of days ago at the website of the New England Board of Higher Education about the decline of regional branch campuses. It's a good read through the growth and decline cycle and into the new growth trend of branch campuses in remote places.

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Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Fun, and good:


"Last weekend I went to Target to do a little Mother’s Day shopping and I walked into a branded environment. I’ve written about this before for television and social media, but this example was implemented in a physical space.


Let me backup and say that renovation is in the air at Virginia Tech and I’ve been studying/observing a variety of retail experiences—from service transactions to the display of merchandise to wayfinding to in-store traffic patterns. I’ll share more in a future post, but I think that there is a lot that libraries can learn from commercial enterprise in terms of moving people through space and grabbing their interest along the way."

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources

As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is."

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The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators?

The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector: Nimble Critters or Agile Predators?
David J. Deming, Claudia Goldin, Lawrence F. Katz
NBER Working Paper No. 17710
Issued in December 2011
NBER Program(s): CH ED LS

"Private for-profit institutions have been the fastest growing part of the U.S. higher education sector. For-profit enrollment increased from 0.2 percent to 9.1 percent of total enrollment in degree-granting schools from 1970 to 2009, and for-profit institutions account for the majority of enrollments in non-degree granting postsecondary schools. We describe the schools, students, and programs in the for-profit higher education sector, its phenomenal recent growth, and its relationship to the federal and state governments. Using the 2004 to 2009 Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) longitudinal survey we assess outcomes of a recent cohort of first-time undergraduates who attended for-profits relative to comparable students who attended community colleges or other public or private non-profit institutions. We find that relative to these other institutions, for-profits educate a larger fraction of minority, disadvantaged, and older students, and they have greater success at retaining students in their first year and getting them to complete short programs at the certificate and associate degree levels. But we also find that for-profit students end up with higher unemployment and “idleness” rates and lower earnings six years after entering programs than do comparable students from other schools, and that they have far greater student debt burdens and default rates on their student loans.

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AASHE is SCUP's K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning

AASHE is SCUP's K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has been named recipient of the SCUP 2012 K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning.


The awards committee said, “the nerve and energy touched by AASHE is at the center of the soul of higher education. AASHE is advancing higher education and moving the needle forward.”


AASHE will present a session at SCUP–47.

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NJIT president proposes collaborating with UMDNJ to create research lab in Newark

NJIT president proposes collaborating with UMDNJ to create research lab in Newark | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The notion for the facility, which would be called the Newark Laboratory for Life Sciences Innovation, is six months in the making but has not yet been discussed publicly..."

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Accreditation and the Public Interest: Can Accreditors Continue to Play a Central Role in Public Policy?

Accreditation and the Public Interest: Can Accreditors Continue to Play a Central Role in Public Policy? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Accreditation and the Public Interest: Can Accreditors Continue to Play a Central Role in Public Policy?" is in the current issue of Planning for Higher Education which has, as its overall theme, "The Future of Accreditation." The author of this article, Terry W. Hartle, a SCUP–47 presenter, is senior vice president at the American Council on Education (ACE).

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The Game Has Changed (EDUCAUSE Review) | Must-Read

A must-read by Charles Henry and Brad Wheeler in EDUCAUSE Review. The list of 8 things the academy can do to rethink and relabance sound like a list of integrated planning tenets.


  1. "Stop thinking about projects as isolated, local activities. Rather, every major project is an element of a much wider environment of activity that needs to be federated at some level as a functional facet of the whole."
  2. "Promote large-scale efforts that bring together multiple elements of higher education (libraries, IT departments, scholarly societies, administration, research centers, publishers) and eschew proposals that rely on a single community or profession to solve a major challenge."



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Keene State College | News & Events

Keene State College | News & Events | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP board member Jay V. Kahn has been named interim president of Keene State College:


"Jay V. Kahn has been Vice President for Finance and Planning of Keene State College in New Hampshire since 1988. Prior to joining Keene State, he was the Associate Vice President for Administration and Planning at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, where he worked from 1978 to 1988, and from 1973 to 1978 with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, last as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Kahn received a B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Political Science -- Policy Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Nationally, he serves as an at-large director on the Society for College and University Planning Board of Directors. Locally, he serves as Chairman of the Cheshire Medical Center Board of Trustees. Previously he chaired the Board of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. At the state level, he serves on the Workforce Initiatives Board."

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