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Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24

Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Registration is open for "Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence," SCUP's Southern Region's 2012 annual conference, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 21–24. More here. 


  • August 17 - Scholarship deadline.
  • Take Step I October 21st (It is being held in conjunction with this event. Scholarships are available.)
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Response to the Challenge | University Business Magazine

Response to the Challenge | University Business Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Roy Flores, chancellor of Pima County Community Colleges on preserving the institution and achieving its mission despite the new economic "normal."


"Underlying the cuts seems to be a shift in culture, a change in the tenor of the public conversation regarding higher learning. Of course, some of the talk is mere political theater, such as characterizing as “snobs” those who think everyone could benefit from some postsecondary education. But the trend seems to be that education is fair game when attempting to advance political agendas for short-term, tactical gain.


Now, I am not so naïve or nostalgic to believe that the good old days were free of hard dealing in education. But underneath the Realpolitik was a core belief that having people attending college is a public good. In statehouses, in some quarters of the nation’s capital and elsewhere, that fundamental proposition is being assailed."

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Stanford University Tour at 2012 PA Regional Conference

Stanford University Tour at 2012 PA Regional Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This is a photo from the Stanford University tour at SCUP's 2012 Pacific Regional Conference. Here's a link to the Proceedings.

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Florida Tech Has New Scholarship Programs For Valencia Grads

In add-on to that program, Florida Tech has set up a second grant module that will enable Valencia College President Sandy Shugart to endowment 10 Valencia former students with scholarships that are valued at $15000 a ...


Valencia College president Sanford Shugart is Sunday's plenary speaker at SCUP–47. Register now!

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ACE | ACE Names 57 Faculty and Administrators to Fellows Program

ACE | ACE Names 57 Faculty and Administrators to Fellows Program | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The American Council on Education (ACE) has selected 57 college and university senior faculty and administrators for the 2012-13 class of the ACE Fellows Program.


Congratulations to all of these higher ed leaders from the Society for College and University Planning.

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ACE annual meeting focuses on enacting change within shared governance | Inside Higher Ed

Kevin Kiley at Inside Higher Ed has compiled a very nice summary of challenges and concerns at the presidential level. He is quoted below. Jack Stripling does this report for The Chronicle.


"[B]eing a college or university president is much more about trying to win constituents over to your position than imposing ideas. 'If you want to effect change, let it be someone else’s ideas,' Floyd said.


Floyd also noted that change takes time, and that a president can push new ideas, but has to give faculty members and other stakeholders time to come around to his ideas. 'If we rapidly engage in change, that’s not a change that is sustainable,' he said.


That lesson is particularly important for new presidents. In a 'lessons learned' session, four veteran presidents all cautioned new campus leaders on laying out an agenda too quickly after getting on campus.


Take time to get to know the institution, those who work there, and what vision they have for the institution, they said. 'If you look at presidents who get in trouble, it's organ rejection,' said Lawrence S. Bacow, former president of Tufts University. He noted that presidents try to implement a vision without molding it to the institution and getting faculty and others on the same page."

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Why MITx may herald the dawn of disruption for higher education

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor Steven Schwartz Blog (Why MITx may herald the dawn of disruption for higher education http://t.co/NJRNZYGs #SCUP: disruption tsunami on its way...)...


It's pretty simple: "MIT plans to create a not-for-profit body that will offer certification for online learners of MIT coursework. In other words, with MITx there will be structured study leading to a credential." Not from MIT, but from MITx. Worthless, right? Hmm

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What a Real Education Policy Would Look Like - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What a Real Education Policy Would Look Like - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Extra! Extra!The White House Announces Another Federal Education Non-Policy http://t.co/nttMDPaX...


Interesting perspective: "nonprofits who specialize in assessing what bang corporate America is getting for the student buck."


"This is all based on a discussion that Obama and Duncan had back in December with 'a dozen college presidents, mostly from public institutions, and leaders of two nonprofit education organizations, about how to curb the rising cost of college and improve graduation rates.' The nonprofits were the Delta Project that does cost-benefit analysis and the Lumina Foundation whose focus is on access and affordability. Note the groups that were not invited to the table: the American Association of University Women, the American Association of University Professors, the major educational foundations or any presidents of the major professional organizations. In other words, the Obama administration did not invite anyone to the table who actually does research on education — only nonprofits who specialize in assessing what bang corporate America is getting for the student buck."

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Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 29, 2015 8:20 PM

Interesting, I really wonder what will happen with the rising costs of education and the effects that will have on the number of students that attend college. 

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Free book only today: Leading at a Higher Level, Revised and Expanded Edition: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations eBook: Ken Blanchard: Kindle Store

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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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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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The Presidency | Magazine of ACE, The American Council on Education

The Presidency | Magazine of ACE, The American Council on Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Links to table of contents of recent issues of The Presidency magazine.


The presidency is an excellent source of presidential insight. Think of it as getting to read what your president might be reading.

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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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I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze

I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

It's not that the mouse is in the maze, it's that the maze is in the mouse. 

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Keene State College | News & Events

Keene State College | News & Events | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP board member Jay V. Kahn has been named interim president of Keene State College:


"Jay V. Kahn has been Vice President for Finance and Planning of Keene State College in New Hampshire since 1988. Prior to joining Keene State, he was the Associate Vice President for Administration and Planning at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, where he worked from 1978 to 1988, and from 1973 to 1978 with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, last as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Kahn received a B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Political Science -- Policy Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Nationally, he serves as an at-large director on the Society for College and University Planning Board of Directors. Locally, he serves as Chairman of the Cheshire Medical Center Board of Trustees. Previously he chaired the Board of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. At the state level, he serves on the Workforce Initiatives Board."

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You Have Never Seen a More Entertaining Presentation by a College President. Never.

And it's very timely: "Can Our Institutions Accommodate to People Who Don't Believe In Them" by Sandy Shugart, President, Valencia Community College and plenary speaker at SCUP–47 in Chicago, July 7–11, 2012; higher education's premier planning conference: http://www.scup.org/S47-sm

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Belief and Lazy Consensus: Focusing on Governance - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

When it comes to faculty governance, Jason B. Jones see an analogy to soccer, when a team is dispirited after an unexpected goal by the other side:


"I think there’s a metaphor here that’s related to faculty governance.


The simultaneous erosion of tenure-track positions over the past three decades and the systematic abuse of contingent appointments has, as Debra Lee Scott has recently observed, left professors discombobulated: “We have been deprofessionalized. And by de-professionalizing us, the administration has gained control and silenced the faculty” (via Jonathan Rees).


The quietism of some faculty stems from many sources: the desire not to seem like a crank; misconceiving of the work of the university as “service” rather than governance; deciding to focus on your disciplinary colleagues elsewhere (or online) instead of your institution; a healthy human hatred of meetings–all of these add up to a sort of despair that the faculty can make a difference.


They amount, in short, to a crisis in belief." (Like when the soccer team ... .)

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The Imperfect University: who should lead universities?

The Imperfect University: who should lead universities? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

From the blog, Registrarism:


"Amanda Goodall, who has done a lot of work on this, recently published a brief piece on why academics make the best university leaders. It’s a powerful argument and it is difficult to disagree with Goodall’s thesis – top universities do need top academics to lead them. Goodall’s recent book, Socrates in the Boardroom, makes this quite compelling case in more detail.


And yet. There is a suggestion here that it is sufficient simply to appoint a top academic. That, somehow, everything will come good if only the university can find the right leader, someone with the strongest academic credentials, with the most citations."

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Planners can expect a growing trend for stakeholders' groups to expect procedures to get introverts to speak out:


"Introverts prefer quiet, minimally stimulating environments, while extroverts need higher levels of stimulation to feel their best. Stimulation comes in all forms – social stimulation, but also lights, noise, and so on. Introverts even salivate more than extroverts do if you place a drop of lemon juice on their tongues! So an introvert is more likely to enjoy a quiet glass of wine with a close friend than a loud, raucous party full of strangers.


It’s also important to understand that introversion is different from shyness. Shyness is the fear of negative judgment, while introversion is simply the preference for less stimulation. Shyness is inherently uncomfortable; introversion is not. The traits do overlap, though psychologists debate to what degree."

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Mixed Grades: A Survey of Provosts | Inside Higher Ed

The 2011–12 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Chief Academic Officers by Kenneth C. Greene, with Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman. The title link goes to a report on Inside Higher Ed's website; here is a link to download the full document (PDF).

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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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For-profit-college group taps Steve Gunderson as next president | Inside Higher Ed

For-profit-college group taps Steve Gunderson as next president | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The Association of Private Sector Colleges is set to name Steve Gunderson, a former Republican congressman, as its next president, the for-profit trade group confirmed over the weekend.


Gunderson will bring a reputation as a bridge-builder to the post, somewhat of a departure for the association, whose previous president, Harris Miller, was pugnacious with the industry's critics on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.


The former Wisconsin Representative has long been an advocate for traditional higher education. He was a finalist for the presidency of the University of Wisconsin System in 2004, and has spoken at conferences hosted by college groups that don't often see eye-to-eye with for-profits, including the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He also did consulting work for the American Council on Education."

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

University mergers need to be transparent and inclusive - University World News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A very nice report on a study of a number of mergers, focusing on several Finnish organizations: "My research focuses on how Finnish universities are reacting to mergers from the perspective of their own academic work and their teaching work.


Managers, academics and students were interviewed about their views and they raised several issues about the merger process. The key problems were:"


Good list. Very useful.

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Molly Broad SCUP-46 Plenary Executive Summary: The View from Washington on Trends in Higher Education

RELEASE TO THE PUBLIC OF A SCUP-46 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 



Executive Summary of: “Trends in Higher Education - A View From Washington,” as presented by Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education (ACE) on Wednesday morning last July in National Harbor at the society’s 46th annual conference and idea marketplace.


Stay current on plans for SCUP-47 in Chicago, July 7-11, 2012: http://www.scup.org/S47-sm.


We’ve brought the executive summary of Broad’s presentation out from behind password protection to share more widely. You can access that here: . The entire set of executive summaries is available only to SCUP members, here: http://www.scup.org/asset/59382/.


Also, members-only, if you go to the SCUP-46 Proceedings page - http://www.scup.org/page/annualconf/46/proceedings - and log in, you can watch Broad’s presentation in streaming video.


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