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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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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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Younger, wealthier students pick community college, bringing expectations | Inside Higher Ed

Paul Fain notes in Inside Higher Ed that as more "weathier" students choose to begin at community colleges, they are bringing with them expectations about student services, amenities, and eventual transfer. 

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Rachel Ann Atijera's curator insight, November 14, 2014 12:45 PM

I can relate to these students since my parents make over $100,000, but I plan to go to a community college (then transfer to a four-year university). I plan to do this because since my family won't be getting a lot of finical aid due to their high overall salary. So going to a community college would be cheaper and I would have less student debt.

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Where Academic Rigor Is de Rigueur - and Means More to Students Than Amenities

"Meanwhile, the survey found that campus life - the category that includes housing, dining, and that resort-style gym - accounted for just 7 percent of the choice."


Academic rigor is more important to students than cushy dorms and recreational facilities? Well, for a select group of Boston University students it is.


"There is an assumption, including among more than a few incredulous parents, that high school seniors often choose their colleges based less on academic offerings than on softer factors like campus amenities (think climbing walls and walk-in, dorm-room closets), the ratio of men to women in the class and even the institution’s tolerance for keg parties.


But, according to a study conducted by Boston University and reported in The Boston Globe, those parents (and other observers) would be wrong in that presumption."


"Meanwhile, the survey found that campus life - the category that includes housing, dining, and that resort-style gym - accounted for just 7 percent of the choice."

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Udacity and the future of online universities

Udacity and the future of online universities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

You know that professor, Sebastian Thrum, who taught a Stanford class with 100,000+ students in it? He's left Stanford and started his own university: Udacity.

At Reuters Blog, Felix Salmon, is dissapointed:


"Stanford was willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars building a new physical campus in New York City — but it isn’t willing, it seems, to help Thrun build a free virtual campus which could reach the whole world. That’s a dereliction of its educational duty. But where Stanford has failed, surely some other elite university will step in. Thrun is taking a bold step here. Let’s hope he soon gets the support, if not of Stanford, then of some other college. Like Harvard, or Yale, or Oxford, or Cambridge. They’re exclusive places now. But they don’t have to be, in the future."

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Best Practices in Strategic Forecasting | SCUP-46 Concurrent Session Proceeding

Best Practices in Strategic Forecasting | SCUP-46 Concurrent Session Proceeding | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP members will find they can access a tremendous amount of SCUP-46 content at the title link. Among those is the slide presentation for the session, Economic Modeling-Fiscal Forecasting: The Essential Foundation for Academic Strategic Planning (PDF).


Presented by: Brett Matteo, Managing Director, The PFM Group; David Walker, Associate Vice President and Associate Treasurer, Dickinson College


Dickinson College (DC) has been able to respond expeditiously to the rapidly changing environment. DC is a model for leading colleges and universities as a business enterprise without sacrificing the values of the academy. DC established a fiscal planning platform built on clarity and enriched perspective, supporting informed decision making, while considering the impact of reality on our future position.


Learning Outcomes:


  • Discuss the framework that encourages "information-rich" discussions about budgets and deepens the understanding of financial impacts when making strategic decisions.
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy tool that couples academic planning with financial and non-financial resources to produce a comprehensive financial reflection of institutional goals while considering the realities of resource constraints.
  • Discuss a handful of case studies of economic modeling and fiscal forecasting at Dickinson College.
  • Offer a tool that illuminates risks and opportunities, shapes a sustainable future, and galvanizes understanding and support for strategic initiatives.
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Wabash Building | Roosevelt U's Newly-Rising Vertical Campus | Chicago

Wabash Building | Roosevelt U's Newly-Rising Vertical Campus | Chicago | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This is a unique university contribution to a city skyline:


"Roosevelt University will begin construction in February on a dramatic skyscraper that will be the second tallest university building in the nation.


The University's new vertical campus will be sleek and contemporary, featuring a glass exterior, undulating shape, views of Lake Michigan and connections in four locations with the University's landmark Auditorium Building. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project is planned for April.


Designed with open spaces that will make the building feel like a series of neighborhoods, the structure will be a "green" building, drawing in natural light and cutting energy costs, and will be one of the few skyscrapers in Chicago that is LEED certified."

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Enrollments tumble at for-profit colleges | Inside Higher Ed | Is a Reorganization Underway?

Enrollments tumble at for-profit colleges | Inside Higher Ed | Is a Reorganization Underway? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Paul Fain summarizes the year for for-profits, highlighting steep declines in revenues (with tables). The APLU he writes of is the organization working with Walmart.


"Generalizing about for-profits is tough. Each college serves at least slightly different student markets and, as a result, faces a differing set of complex challenges. And there have been exceptions to the declines in new students, most notably the American Public University System, which this week reported a 53 percent increase in new student enrollment, compared to last year.


For the most part, however, the industry’s rapid growth has ground to a halt. And fast enrollment gains, which for years fueled revenue and made for-profit education companies hot properties on Wall Street, probably aren’t coming back any time soon."

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7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs | EDUCAUSE

7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs | EDUCAUSE | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) - you've heard about the one at Stanford with hundreds of thousands taking  a single MOOC? Here's a concise brief on MOOCs from EDUCAUSE. It's what you need to know to be able to engage in related planning. Someone close to you will be planning one.


"A massively open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to virtually any person—and as many of them—who wants to take the course. Course activities can be scheduled or asynchronous, and a fluid structure is valuable because students can choose their level of participation and many will do so in an à la carte manner. A MOOC throws open the doors of a course and invites anyone to enter, resulting in a new learning dynamic. Although this dynamic will make some students uneasy and will force instructors to rethink at least some of the elements of their courses, the MOOC can potentially alter the relationship between learner and instructor and between academe and the wider community. As MOOCs evolve, expectations and methods of presentation will likely crystallize, becoming more consistent and more predictable. Those enrolling in a MOOC are likely to discover learning at its most open on a platform that invites the world not only to see and hear but also to participate and collaborate."

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Nacho Granell's curator insight, December 12, 2014 11:00 AM

¿QUé debemos saber sobre los MOOCs?

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A Sobering Look at College Affordability - Head Count - The Chronicle of Higher Education

"So where does that leave colleges? Back in the day, tuition discounting was a way for colleges to get ahead, Mr. Zucker said, bringing in a better class than they otherwise could. Now, he said, with all of those economic forces working against students and their families, discounting is “necessary to live to fight another day.”"

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Piled Higher & Deeper | University Business Magazine

Piled Higher & Deeper | University Business Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Graduate student debt runs out of control. in University Business magazine, Ann C. Logue shares some interesting observations:


"As of July 2012, graduate student loans will carry higher interest rates than in years past, and they won’t be subsidized. Another round of changes that increase borrowing costs are set for July 2013, and they won’t be the last. The reason is simple: The federal government is broke. 'Undergraduate is seen as somewhat of an entitlement,' says student loan debt management expert Paul Garrard of PG Presents in West Virginia. Hence, the brunt of cuts go to those who are older and stand to make more money from their additional education. Garrad is also a consultant to NSLP, the nonprofit financial aid solutions provider."

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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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Stanford Takes Online Schooling To The Next Academic Level : NPR

Last semester, Stanford University professors tried something radically new: They opened their classes to the world for free. Within hours, thousands had signed up to participate.

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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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After Decades of Expansion, South Korea Has More Colleges Than It Needs - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education

After Decades of Expansion, South Korea Has More Colleges Than It Needs - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

South Korea's higher education expansion went "too far"? Enrollment will fall 40% by 2023. Officials say they may have to close 100 universities by 2040. Not to be too dark about it, but watching how Korea handles this transformation could be informative.


"It has become something of a joke here. At the same time President Obama is lavishly praising South Korea's education system, South Koreans are heaping criticism on it.


In speeches about America's relative decline, Mr. Obama has repeatedly singled out South Korea's relentless educational drive, its high university enrollment, and its steady production of science and engineering graduates as worthy of emulation.


His South Korean counterpart, meanwhile, warns of a glut of university graduates and a work force hard-wired to outdated 20th-century manufacturing skills. "Reckless entrance into college is bringing huge losses to families and the country alike," said President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea recently."

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Brooke and Carina's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:18 PM

Intellectual/Arts: South Korea's education has been steadily increasing over the years.  It has one of the world's highest university enrollment rates.  Some say South Korea has too many colleges.  The source also mentions the idea that there has been too much education expansion,  providing multiple views on that idea.

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7 Community Colleges Try an Online Doorway to Help Students Succeed - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education

7 Community Colleges Try an Online Doorway to Help Students Succeed - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Josh Fischman presents a comprehensive view of Central Piedmont Community College's efforts on student retention, now being extended to other campuses:


"[It] has harnessed technology to start to turn these numbers around. Its Online Student Portal learning system, a Web site, assesses the learning styles of at-risk students (whether they learn best through reading, hearing, or hands-on work) and helps them understand how their personality traits might connect to study and career choices. It also provides a ready link to college counselors and instructors, allowing them to send so-called "early alerts" if a student starts having trouble in a class. And it carries a record of these interactions from term to term, so students and advisers can easily see where students have been—and where they're going."

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StudentGeneratedInduction's curator insight, March 22, 2015 7:26 PM

Predictive approach to student preparation before arriving at college. 

 

"Online Student Portal learning system, a Web site, assesses the learning styles of at-risk students (whether they learn best through reading, hearing, or hands-on work) and helps them understand how their personality traits might connect to study and career choices."

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Veterans Day 2011: Annual count of veterans on elite college campuses | Inside Higher Ed

Veterans Day 2011: Annual count of veterans on elite college campuses | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Why is it that even the young people who have government funding can't be better served by higher education?


"The count is in – the number of undergraduate veterans in 31 of the nation’s self-proclaimed most highly selective colleges? 232*. At Bunker Hill Community College, where I teach and work? 450. The * is because some colleges don’t know the exact number.


This column always sends me breathing into a brown paper bag to calm down. I beg the ghost of I.F. Stone to forgive me for lapses of thinking any numbers represented progress while reporting this absurd and disgraceful story. ...


The only news that might awaken these private colleges and universities is that this week's 'Doonesbury' certified this absence of veterans as a national issue. In Sunday’s strip (click here), the Vietnam veteran, Iraq amputee and college football coach BD confronts the admissions director, who has been ignoring BD’s emails."

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