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New Policy Brief, "A Case for Fair Use: The Georgia State Decision"

A new EDUCAUSE Policy brief from Policy Specialist Joan Cheverie summarizes the long-awaited opinion released May 11, 2012 in the Georgia State University e-reserves copyright infringement case, and provides analysis of what this means for higher ed.


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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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International Students Pay Top Dollar at U.S. Colleges

International Students Pay Top Dollar at U.S. Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Foreign students boost the bottom line:


"This is the University of Washington’s new math: 18 percent of its freshmen come from abroad, most from China. Each pays tuition of $28,059, about three times as much as students from Washington State. And that, according to the dean of admissions, is how low-income Washingtonians — more than a quarter of the class — get a free ride.


With state financing slashed by more than half in the last three years, university officials decided to pull back on admissions offers to Washington residents, and increase them to students overseas.


That has rankled some local politicians and parents, a few of whom have even asked Michael K. Young, the university president, whether their children could get in if they paid nonresident tuition. “It does appeal to me a little,” he said."

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College Education Worth 10 Years of Mental Agility? "A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond"

College Education Worth 10 Years of Mental Agility? "A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond" | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"How to subtract 10 years from your brain’s age?"


According to research, college education is worth 10 years of mental agility. Middle-agers and older up to 75 average mental skills and sharpness equivalent to those of people without college degrees who are 10 years younger.


"The most consistent results involved education.


All other things being equal, the more years of school a subject had, the better he or she performed on every mental test. Up to age 75, the studies showed, 'people with college degrees performed on complex tasks like less-educated individuals who were 10 years younger.'


Education was also associated with a longer life and decreased risk of dementia. 'The effects of education are dramatic and long term,' Dr. Lachman says."


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Stanford's Board of Trustees approves sites for two new arts buildings

Stanford's Board of Trustees approves sites for two new arts buildings | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Stanford's Board of Trustees has approved sites for two new buildings: the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History and the museum building for the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.


Good coverage by the Stanford University News.

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After Penn State: Watching Over You - Preparing Your College

A brief but useful summary of the kinds of things campus leaders should be thinking about regarding crisis management, as well as imnplementation of responsible policies for future litigation protection.


"Schools should evaluate whether they want to impose requirements and penalties beyond those required by law in order to better protect their students, employees, and other individuals. As we have seen from the Penn State scandal, if an incident arises at your school that attracts media attention, it will be important to not only show that your school has the appropriate policies in place, but also that you effectively enforce these policies and act in an ethical manner when handling any incidents. A failure to establish and consistently implement the right compliance structure for identifying and addressing abusive actions that every institution hopes will never occur on its campus could wipe out years of goodwill, erode public trust, and result in financial hardship."

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Kudos from SCUP to Jane Wellman and the Delta Project on a Successful Run

The Delta Project is undergoing "planned obsolescense" and its responsibilities distributed between the US Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research (AIR).


SCUP constituents have all had their integrated planning effectiveness enhanced by Delta and Wellman's work over the past decades. Thank you.


"A national organization that has done more than any other to make higher education finances clearer and more accessible to legislators, higher education policy makers -- and, yes, journalists -- is reaching a state of "planned obsolescence," to be replaced by splitting its two missions between the U.S. Education Department's statistics branch and a nonprofit research group."

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Amping Up Brain Function: Transcranial Stimulation Shows Promise in Speeding Up Learning: Scientific American

Amping Up Brain Function: Transcranial Stimulation Shows Promise in Speeding Up Learning: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Electrical stimulation of subjects' brains is found to accelerate learning in military and civilian subjects, although researchers are yet wary of drawing larger conclusions about the mechanism.


"Air Force researchers were delighted recently to learn that they could cut training time in half by delivering a mild electrical current (two milliamperes of direct current for 30 minutes) to pilot's brains during training sessions on video simulators. The current is delivered through EEG (electroencephalographic) electrodes placed on the scalp. Biomedical engineer Andy McKinley and colleagues at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright–Patterson Air Force Base, reported their finding on this so-called transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) here at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting on November 13.


'I don't know of anything that would be comparable,'McKinley said, contrasting the cognitive boost of TDCS with, for example, caffeine or other stimulants that have been tested as enhancements to learning. TDCS not only accelerated learning, pilot accuracy was sustained in trials lasting up to 40 minutes. Typically accuracy in identifying threats declines steadily after 20 minutes. Beyond accelerating pilot training, TDCS could have many medical applications in the military and beyond by accelerating retraining and recovery after brain injury or disease.


The question for the Air Force and others interested in transcranial stimulation is whether these findings will hold up over time or will land in the dustbin of pseudoscience."

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Digital Badges Could Highlight Job Seekers’ Skills | An Alternative to Degrees?

Digital Badges Could Highlight Job Seekers’ Skills | An Alternative to Degrees? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is hoping a new badge system will help job seekers highlight skills not normally on a résumé.


SCUPers please pay attention. What does an employer really need to know, about what the potential employee knows?

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SCUP Book - Integrating Higher Education Planning and Assessment: A Practical Guide

SCUP Book - Integrating Higher Education Planning and Assessment: A Practical Guide | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP members can download this book for use on their campus, for free, as a benefit of membership. Others may purchase it for only $10.

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Neuroscience of Learning

Neuroscience of Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Don't you agree that these folks should be connected up with those of us exploring the relationship of space to learning?


"Overview


For many years now, neuroscience has had a distant relationship to education. Many have discussed with excitement but no substance the promise of direct neuroscience-education links. However, perhaps cognitive neuroscience and cognitive science of education have progressed far enough that meaningful links are now possible. We explore new methods of conducting training interventions that are directly informed by the cognitive neuroscience of learning as well as training methods that use realtime neuroscience data to guide instruction.


Recent Results


  • There are huge individual differences in the extent to which people engage in self-explanation during learning despite being given explicit instructions and detailed training on how to do so. Failing to self-explain at a given moment appears to be strongly associated with zoning out.
  • Pupil size appears to be clearly associated with using better learning strategies and amount of learning.
  • From fMRI studies, level of effort appears to be well tracked by executive control areas of the brain, whereas more meaning based strategies separte from less meaning-based but also effortful strategy through levels of activation in semantic areas."
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Essay on why some colleges can't change | Inside Higher Ed

"Ultimately, meaningful organizational change requires courage because there are almost always individuals and groups with vested interests that actively and often vocally oppose change. Members of various interest groups have worked, often for years, to maximize, to the extent possible, the fit of their interests to the way the organization functions; they may view any change as jeopardizing the fit or benefits they have worked so hard to attain. Moreover, other institutions may be doing what your institution has been doing and it is always easier to follow the crowd than to defy it. In the end, meaningful organizational change entails risk and requires leaders who are willing and able to persuade enough stakeholders that any threats to their interests are more than compensated for by the benefits to be obtained through meaningful and potentially beneficial change."


Robert J. Sternberg is provost, senior vice president, and Regents Professor of Psychology and Education at Oklahoma State University. He is a past president of the American Psychological Association, treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and president of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

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Midwestern colleges launch campuses built on public-private collaboration | Inside Higher Ed

"Innovation campuses" are springing up everywhere.

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Does the Mass Extinction of Higher Education Institutions Begin in 2012?

Justin Marquis is predicting that. He matches The Chronicle editor Jeff Selingo's recent predictions with some of his own that are far darker and disturbing.

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Brown University for the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts | A SCUP Excellence Award Recipient in 2011

Brown University for the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts | A SCUP Excellence Award Recipient in 2011 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nominate work on your campus! The deadlines for SCUP 2012 nominations are January 20 and February 17, depending upon the award category.


About the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, the jury said, “ . . . this is a key intervention on campus . . . very compelling concept . . . loved sense of detailing . . . jewel in the middle of a tight urban fabric . . . building is friendly, fun and is beautifully put together . . . ”


Here is a link to the DS+R website, on which you can find this project. Here is the official Brown University page on the building. 

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What the Hell Has Happened to College Sports? - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What the Hell Has Happened to College Sports? - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Special feature by The Chronicle.

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Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian'

Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
When applying to Harvard, Lanya Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white. She considers herself half Taiwanese, half Norwegian.

 

This is an examination of one aspect of selective admissions at elite schools. Such admissions may undergo more scrutiny in light of the Obama administration's recently-published guidelines via the Department of Justice and Department of Education: Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity in Higher Education: http://www.scoop.it/t/higher-education-bubble/p/762257606/white-house-pushes-for-weighing-race-in-admissions

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Survey documents retirement worries of higher ed employees | Inside Higher Ed

If you're planning around faculty or staff who are nearing retirement age, you might plan on them not retiring as soon as you might have planned for:


"Fidelity also found that 46 percent of respondents reported that they will delay retirement past the age of 65 or will not retire at all. The survey attributes this to a bad economy and the need for continued income and health benefits, in addition to employees wanting to stay at an enjoyable job."

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The Road Ahead: A Look at Trends in the Educational Attainment of Community College Students

The Road Ahead: A Look at Trends in the Educational Attainment of Community College Students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This is an October 11 monograph from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). At the title link, above, there are links to the full PDF document, in color or black and white. Here is a link to download the executive summary.

 

"This brief presents data on educational attainment at community colleges, with an eye to what the data portend. One extremely positive conclusion can be reached: Educational attainment for all key populations is increasing at community colleges. The investments made in a community college education, by individuals and by society as a whole, are paying off.

 

Over the past 20 years, the percent increase in credentials awarded has been double the percent increase in enrollment. These findings are even more pronounced for students of color. Consistent with other research, actual rates of transfer for students are much higher than commonly reported as well.

 

These gains are the result of students, schools, families, and communities working in concert. They are also the result of innumerable partnerships and initiatives in which community colleges have been or continue to be engaged. Much more work has yet to be done by these stakeholders and their supporting partners, but the path to increasing student success is not untraveled."

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Annapolis Group survey finds high satisfaction among liberal arts college graduates | Inside Higher Ed

Here's that "community" thing at work, again, detailed in a report from the Annapolis Group with support for 4-year liberal arts colleges:


"All college and university presidents like to think their institutions are something special, but presidents at the roughly 130 liberal arts colleges represented by the Annapolis Group now have some data to back up their claims and some ammunition with which to engage in the intensifying competition that many face from public universities.


The group compared survey responses of alumni of the Annapolis Group institutions with those of alumni of private universities, the top 50 public universities and a broader group of public flagship universities. The study found that graduates of Annapolis Group institutions tended to be more satisfied with their experiences as undergraduates, and more likely to believe that their educations had a significant impact on their personal and professional development."

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How the brain makes memories: Rhythmically

How the brain makes memories: Rhythmically | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

So, what does this say about learning spaces and programming - Got Rhythm?


"The brain learns through changes in the strength of its synapses -- the connections between neurons -- in response to stimuli. Now, in a discovery that challenges conventional wisdom on the brain mechanisms of learning, UCLA neuro-physicists have found there is an optimal brain "rhythm," or frequency, for changing synaptic strength. And further, like stations on a radio dial, each synapse is tuned to a different optimal frequency for learning."

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