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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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Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space,

Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space:


"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Google Inc. CEO Larry Page and Cornell President David J. Skorton today announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet of its New York headquarters to CornellNYC Tech, while the university completes its campus on Roosevelt Island. The space will allow Cornell to build its presence in New York in close proximity to the tech companies and entrepreneurs with whom it will collaborate. This arrangement represents Google, Cornell, Technion and the City of New York’s commitment to educating and developing engineering and tech talent in New York City. Google will initially provide Cornell with 22,000 square feet of office space on July 1, 2012, free of charge for 5 years and 6 months or until the completion of Cornell’s campus on Roosevelt Island—whichever occurs first. Additionally, Cornell will be able to expand to 58,000 square feet over five years as it builds its presence in New York City."

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

"Innovation campuses" are springing up everywhere.

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Essay calling for faculty offices to no longer be grouped by discipline | Inside Higher Ed

A faculty member turned administrator observes on how the location of faculty office space could better facilitate interaction across disciplinary lines. Why not?


"The lack of interaction among excellent scholars with similar interests raises some organizational questions with important implications: Why cluster faculty members into departmental ghettos any longer? Why not allow voluntary mixing and matching -- especially in cognate disciplines? Electronic communications via departmental listservs can provide the unit-specific information needed to keep the trains running on time, and the idea of promoting casual, often spontaneous interaction among scholars with similar research interests, but different methods is at once liberating and exhilarating."

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China to evaluate foreign university presence and prepare guidelines - University World News

China to evaluate foreign university presence and prepare guidelines http://t.co/Ybhctypm #SCUP...
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Balancing Cost-Savings and Outcomes | Campus Consolidation in Georgia

James T. Minor, of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) expresses concerns about the big plans in the Georgia system. (A related recent SCUP post about research on European campus consolidation is here.)


"Finally, there is very little experience in the four-year sector of higher education with modern-day consolidations. Strong positive correlations between this kind of consolidation and educational outcomes do not exist. In fact, the potential for negative outcomes must be considered. In other words, it is possible to achieve cost savings at the expense of institutional effectiveness, the student experience or their chances of earning a degree in some cases. Creating economies of scale with a population of students who typically require more support to complete college does not necessarily equal better outcomes. Understanding the educational trade-offs on the front-end is important rather than experiencing them haphazardly.


The process of transforming eight public institutions into four will offer an interesting experiment to be observed by the higher education community. If students represent the subjects, I hope the outcomes and profit margins are worthwhile."

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Katie Keig's curator insight, October 16, 2014 3:59 PM

The fact that there is not much research done on the correlation of merging schools and decreased financial strains concerns me as a student of University of North Georgia. From what I understood of the merger that occured two years ago, Gainesville State College was one of the few Georgia schools  not in debt and actually do quite well despite the recession and North Georgia College and State University was very much in debt. The merger was to equal out and help both schools, NGCSU in the short run and GSC in the long run because it was making it a bigger school. However, bigger isn't always better and I did not ask for this merger and am upset at the higher tuition at Gainesville due to the merger. I and several other people considered going to the new Georgia Gwinnett College because it is cheaper. The research should not just be done on numbers but how students feel because that's where the money is coming from. Student opinion was not considered at all when the announcement of the merger appeared in 2012 and now all I've seen as a Communication student is tuition increase and now we have a bachelors for Communication which we would have had at Gainesville State College anyway. 

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Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning: Lessons from Project Kaleidoscope | Change Magazine

Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning: Lessons from Project Kaleidoscope | Change Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

More good work in the STEM disciplines from PKAL. In Change magazine, Adrianna Kezar and Susan Elrod report out from a PKAL project that engaged a good number of campuses working together to facilitate interdisciplinary learning. Interestingly, from this perspective it's not the the faculty that are standing in the way:


"If interdisciplinary work is to become part of the regular work of campuses, then it needs to be integrated into day-to-day processes besides promotion and tenure review, mentoring, faculty development, and the like. Fundraising, facilities planning, budgeting, program review, strategic planning, and accreditation are all areas in which the PKAL campuses encountered barriers that stalled their efforts.


Campus teams in the post-program survey cited a lack of appropriate administrative processes as one of the most important barriers. Some used strategic planning or accreditation as opportunities to bring up problems that they were encountering in realizing the promise of interdisciplinary learning."

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UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space

UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Alabama’s School of Public Health is into innovative naming, the advisory board for this renovation project of the fourth floor of Lister Hill Library is called The Naked Catfish. Speaking of the dean of the School of Public Health, Hannah Wollfson at The Birmingham News writes:


"Where there are bare floors and loose wires, he envisions a room full of brilliant minds -- UAB faculty and students, business and civic leaders and members of the public -- sharing ideas and coming up with solutions to local and global problems. ... 'For me, having the opportunity for people to get together to talk, to share ideas, to kind of stand around the water fountain, is really important,' ... [he] came up with the project after faculty members complained that they expended so much energy finding and fulfilling national grants they barely had time left simply to think.” ... 'We're busy working 60 to 80 hours a week; we're on a treadmill,' Michael said. 'If we're going to take advantage of this amazing intellectual capacity, you're going to need a space." ... The name was drawn from the book Where Good Ideas Come From, in which author Steven Johnson writes that innovation emerges in the space between order and randomness, which he called "the edge of chaos."

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Amazon.com: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation (9781594485381): Steven Johnson: Books

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"This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity." It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs."

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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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International Consortia of Universities and the Mission/Activities Question | Inside Higher Ed

International Consortia of Universities and the Mission/Activities Question | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If this topic interests you at all, this is a must-read. You'll learn more about internatioinal consortia than you could imagine. This is a really good core source document.


"To facilitate further discussions about the mission/activities question, I have pasted in (see below) the missions of the international consortia, networks, and associations that I know of. I've listed this information in reverse chronological order, in part to see what the newest consortia, networks and associations have decided to focus upon. If you know of any others that I have missed, please email me and I'll add them here. Please keep it in mind, though, that some of these missions are evolving as I write, and the websites I link to are variable in quality and how up-to-date they are."

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new bk: Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration (9781118143728): Scott Doorley, Scott Witthoft, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, David Kelley: Books

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"If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide a collaborative environment that will bring out the best in people, you will want this book by your side at all times." --Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum


"Make Space is an articulate account about the importance of space; how we think about it, build it and thrive in it." --James P. Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase

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North Dakota and New York Stories Raise Questions About Ensuring International Quality | Inside Higher Ed

Can anyone oversee quality of education at overseas schools with wildly varying connections to American institutions?


"At a time when more and more colleges and universities are pursuing international activities, how does one ensure quality thousands of miles away from the main campus? Whose job is it to ensure the quality of international programs? Are states, accrediting agencies, the federal government, or institutions really equipped to ensure the quality of institutions halfway around the globe?


'No state college oversight agency or accrediting body in the U.S. is really prepared to evaluate these kinds of agreements,' said Alan Contreras, former administrator of the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, a unit of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission. 'And I don’t mean to dump on accreditors; the fact is states can’t handle this kind of thing either.'”

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University heads deny accusations of elitism - The Irish Times - Tue, Jan 24, 2012

Ireland is considering consolidating a number of smaller technical colleges into one or tso major technical universities. The presidents of the more traditional universities are not happy about this.


"Given Government approval, they say a Border Midlands West Technological University (BMW TU) would create the largest higher education institution in the State with 27,000 students. A steering group comprising senior staff at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dundalk Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology, Sligo, is directing the negotiations.


The move by the BMW colleges raised the possibility of at least two and possibly many more technological universities. TU status for the south-east – which has the strong backing of Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, who are from the region – is regarded as virtually certain by education sources. This would bring together the institutes of technology in Waterford and Carlow."

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University mergers need to be transparent and inclusive - University World News

University mergers need to be transparent and inclusive http://t.co/2xdDUyF9 #SCUP: based on research...
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The Rise of the New Groupthink

The Rise of the New Groupthink | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Collaboration is in. But it may not be conducive to creativity. (The Rise of the New Groupthink http://t.co/003lTHlk #SCUP: Backlash against collaboration.

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More Disappearance of the Campus Edge: This Community College’s Newest Building Is On the UC Davis Campus

More Disappearance of the Campus Edge: This Community College’s Newest Building Is On the UC Davis Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

That’s the lead in last Friday’s “Buildings & Grounds” post by Lawrence Biemiller at The Chronicle of Higher Education


"Sacramento City College has opened a $7.4-million complex on the U. of California at Davis’s new West Campus. The 20,000-square-foot facility, intended for 2,000 students, offers general-education courses at a much lower cost than students would pay to take courses through the university. For a small fee, students can also take advantage of the university’s library and recreation facilities."


Also noted in this post:

  • U. of Iowa Will Get $106.7-Million for 2008 Flood Damage to 2 Complexes
  • $33-Million Grant Will Pay for Half of Upgrade for Indiana U. Business School
  • Pace U. Will Renovate Manhattan Building for Performing-Arts Programs
  • Columbia U. Faces Construction Challenges as It Expands in Harlem
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The Innovation Mismatch: "Smart Capital" and Education Innovation

Editor's note: This post is part of a three-week series examining educational innovation and technology, published in partnership with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.


"The development of common standards and shared assessments radically alters the market for innovation in curriculum development, professional development, and formative assessments. Previously, these markets operated on a state-by-state basis, and often on a district-by-district basis. But the adoption of common standards and shared assessments means that education entrepreneurs will enjoy national markets where the best products can be taken to scale.


In this new market, it will make sense for teachers in different regions to share curriculum materials and formative assessments. It will make sense for researchers to mine data to learn which materials and teaching strategies are effective for which students - and then feed that information back to students, teachers, and parents."

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