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Barriers to Entry

Higher education needs to experiment with various institutional structures if it wants to thrive in the next few decades.  In practical terms, that means finding ways to make it easier for new actors to hang out shingles.  As long as most of higher ed consists of “mature” institutions, the sector as a whole will behave accordingly.  It’s more difficult -- possible, yes, but much harder -- for an institution with decades of obligations to make significant changes than it is for a newcomer.  If we want a badly-needed infusion of new ideas, energy, and approaches, we need a host of new institutions with the ability to try new things.  

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This is in the context of this:


My fellow IHE blogger, Lee Skallerup Bessette, got a bit of a discussion going on Twitter over the break when she posted a real estate listing for an abandoned college campus.  In the context of adjunct activism, she proposed pulling people together to buy the campus and start their own college.

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Cornell Unveiling Plans for Roosevelt Island Tech Center

Cornell Unveiling Plans for Roosevelt Island Tech Center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We're watching this with great interest.


"Some of the renderings to be released Monday show a glassy, five-story academic center designed by the architect Thom Mayne. It will have only six classrooms and be filled instead with open spaces and small “huddle rooms” for breakaway discussion, said Ung-joo Scott Lee of Mr. Mayne’s firm, Morphosis Architects.


The building, according to the architects and university officials, will be a “net zero” building, producing as much energy as it consumes. A canopy of photovoltaic cells for solar power undulates over the top, and plans are being considered to have wells harvesting geothermal energy and to work with companies currently experimenting with submerging turbines in the East River to gather energy from the current.

Cornell NYC Tech, as the new campus is to be called, is “the first graduate research institution where someone is trying to design it from the ground up in the information age,” Daniel P. Huttenlocher, its dean, said.        

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