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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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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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Cut college tuition by getting 4-year degree in 3 years

Cut college tuition by getting 4-year degree in 3 years | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Some colleges, mostly small privates, have implemented plans to graduate students in 3 years. Hartwick College is one. Now, Ohio State University has a mandate to phase in 3-year bachelors degree this fall.


"Yet for all its pocketbook appeal, the three-year concept hasn't taken off, particularly at public universities. Legislation in Rhode Island in 2009 and Washington last year encourages public universities to develop three-year options, but no programs have been proposed to date, officials in both states say. State budget challenges have pushed a University of California committee's recommendation to a back burner, says system spokesman Steve Montiel.


At Ohio State University, which must phase in three-year degrees beginning this fall, provost Joe Alutto says a three-year degree may be "misdirected for an institution such as ours." He told legislators last year that students who earned college credit in high school tend to add a minor or second major rather than graduate early."

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What Apple’s Vibrating Pen Tells Us About the Future of Everything | Cult of Mac

What Apple’s Vibrating Pen Tells Us About the Future of Everything | Cult of Mac | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
What Apple’s Vibrating Pen Tells Us About the Future of Everything http://t.co/9zOcplK1 #SCUP: 'haptics' is a term you should ...


Can you say "haptics"?

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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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Amazon.com: The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution (9781118077559): Brian Solis: Books

Amazon.com: The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution (9781118077559): Brian Solis: Books | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Amazon.com: The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution (9781118077559): Brian Solis: Books...

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Learning Disabled Students Welcome | University Business Magazine

A nice review of leading-edge practices aimed at being inclusive:


"The learning problems for these undergrads range from ADHD and dyslexia to dyscalculia (the dyslexic equivalent of dealing with mathematics). Students receive ongoing, often daily support to navigate the regular college curriculum, with an emphasis on individualized learning techniques.


For generations, untold numbers of people with these very disabilities, many without knowing they had them, have attended and graduated college and pursued successful careers. But, experts in the field say, even greater numbers may not have made it to—or through—an undergraduate career.


Academic resource centers, study skills help, and accommodations such as untimed tests are commonly offered but don’t go far enough for students with LD, Strichart says. “Those resource centers are set up for the general college population and usually have no personnel to work with a special needs population,” he points out. 'You’re not getting specialized tutors or people certified in learning disabilities.'"

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Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call

Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"It may be hard to believe now, but in the 1920s people had to learn how to dial, much like we once learned how to text ... ."


How many of us look at digital reading and feeling like this?


"We forget how much of our interactions with technology, however "intuitive," are learned behaviors. For many the idea of needing to learn how to use the thermostat, the stove, the phone, or even a new piece of software seems absurd. We expect things to work, without having to work ourselves. We're out of the habit of exploration. Hence the rise of the "technology petting zoo," a program at library training conferences and local libraries across the country, where participants have a chance to play with high-tech tools they may not have seen or used before. We might as well get used to learning to use our tools, because learning how to learn is a skill we'll always need."

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20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic

20 Things Disrupting Education Right Now | Edudemic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We're not sure that we agree that all of these are either (a) disruptive or (b)n different from each other. What do you think of this (alphabetical) list?

  • Apple Textbook Initiative
  • Charter Schools
  • Common Core Adoption (i.e., one set of national standards)
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Gender-specific Classes
  • Growth of homeschooling
  • iPad Implementation
  • iTunes U
  • Khan Academy
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
  • MITx
  • New Learning Models
  • Personalized Learning
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Race to the Top
  • Service-based Learning
  • Smartphone Integration
  • Social Media Integration
  • Teach for America
  • Traditional Differentiation
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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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$25 million investment backs startup aiming to create elite university | Inside Higher Ed

by Doug Lederman at Inside Higher Ed: (Here's a Chronicle report by Nick DeSantis.


"Whatever becomes of the Minerva Project, you have to give the big names behind it credit for aiming high (at least with its rhetoric, which is the only way to judge it thus far).


"This is not a technology play, it's not a disruption, and I'm not saying, 'Forget your degree, you don't need one,' " like Peter Thiel's experiment offering students $100,000 to forgo college, Nelson said. 'I'm not saying any of those things may be invalid; there are plenty of good reasons to have badges [as an alternative to college credentials], and to expand existing programs beyond their reach.'
What hasn't been done yet, though, is an effort to put a truly rigorous higher education in the hands of many more students at a lower price, he said."

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College & University Financial Planning: Strategies and Lessons Recently Learned

College & University Financial Planning: Strategies and Lessons Recently Learned | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Download this Planning for Higher Education article for free, through Friday only, in MOBI (Kindle), EPUB (iPad), and PDF formats.


"As colleges and universities face serious if not unprecedented financial challenges, financial planning is more important than ever. The authors reflect on their many years of experience in the financial planning game, thinking through the basics of the function and offering advice for going forward. The core image in this article illustrates the usefulness of the contents."

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book: Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation

Amazon.com: Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation (9781934742877): Ben Wildavsky, Andrew Kelly, Kevin Carey: Books...


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'College is Worth It,' Say Emerging Adults " Clark U Survey Report

A new Clark U study reveals that emerging adults think that college is “worth it.” 

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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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Where the College Graduates Are: Degree Attainment in Metropolitan Areas

Where the College Graduates Are: Degree Attainment in Metropolitan Areas | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Using findings from an analysis on educational attainment, Alan Berube explains a growing divergence in college degree attainment among metropolitan areas.

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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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Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books

Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Amazon.com: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books...


Sounds good. Anyone read it?

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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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Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt

Student Loans Weighing Down a Generation With Heavy Debt | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Nearly everyone pursuing a bachelor’s degree is borrowing money, and as prices soar, a college degree often comes with an unprecedented financial burden.
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The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research

The Future Is Now: Anything Can Be A Touch Screen Thanks To Disney Research | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Any surface, including liquid and the human body, can be turned into a multi touch interface with a new technology developed by researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University, opening the door to making everyday objects intelligent, the...


So, what does this do to learning space design? 

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Did Anyone Ask the Students?, Part I - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Jeff Selingo is editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is from his blog:


"As you can see, the future of higher ed should not be a one-size-fits-all online world where students are directed to a small set of career-focused majors. That’s an appropriate model for some students, particularly working adults, who might need a just a few more credits for a degree or any credential to get ahead in their careers. We often talk about how diverse our higher-ed system is, but as we design the next-generation model, perhaps we should be listening more to this generation of students to ensure it remains that way."

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California Vocational Schools Operating Without Approval

California Vocational Schools Operating Without Approval | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The job prospects of hundreds of thousands of California students are at risk as the regulatory board says it doesn’t have enough resources to enforce the rules.


Is this another sign of disruption?


"But lax state oversight also means that even state-approved schools can be risky investments for students. Oikos University of Oakland, where seven people were shot to death earlier this week by a former student, was approved by the Postsecondary Bureau even though state records show that only 16 of its 48 graduates in 2010 found jobs after graduation. Only 41 percent of Oikos’s vocational nursing graduates passed the national licensing exam in 2011, according to Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the California Department of Consumer Services, which oversees the Postsecondary Bureau. That is among the state’s lowest rates."

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David Helfand’s New Quest

David Helfand’s New Quest | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"No tenure. No departments. This university challenges typical teaching, and learning." This is Quest University, and its president, David Helfand, will join us to present the concurrent session, "Big Site, Small Classes, Smart Funding: Building Canada's Quest University," about the creation and success of Quest.


More about Quest University:


"You’ve eliminated departments. Why?


Departments are the source of much evil in universities. They waste enormous amounts of time and emotional energy by arguing about space and “faculty lines” and resources, while walling off disciplines from innovative approaches to knowledge and restricting students and faculty alike to narrow, often outmoded paths of inquiry.


What’s Quest’s biggest challenge?


We have to make sure people’s inherent conservatism isn’t allowed to come through. We have to institutionalize revolution, or we’ll end up with departments and semester-long courses."

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Top Planning Trends of 2011-2012 | Planetizen

Top Planning Trends of 2011-2012 | Planetizen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A really nice review with plenty of application to campus planning.


"Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development. Here are our picks for the most notable planning trends of the past year, and the topics that we’ll be paying special attention to in 2012.


A survey of the last year’s planning and development landscape reveals that the fallout from the economic downturn and housing crisis are still being felt. Not only have the repercussions given planners and designers an occasion to reconsider fundamental questions regarding suburban development patterns and the “American Dream” of homeownership, they also provide an opportunity for local governments to rethink how they provide services in a new economic era. With a presidential election looming this year, we’re sure to see more reflection on the urban policies of the Obama Administration, and the politicization of urban issues continue to intensify."

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