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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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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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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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Freedom University: Studying in Secret – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

Freedom University: Studying in Secret – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

By Thelma Gutierrez and Traci Tamura, CNN Every Sunday, in an unmarked building, in an undisclosed location in the college town of Athens, Georgia, a group of students quietly gather in secret.


"They are aspiring professors, diplomats and engineers who have been banned from Georgia's top five public universities.


But here, in this donated space, it is safe to study."

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Measuring Completion for Community Colleges: Change is in the air! | Inside Higher Ed

From Inside Higher Ed by Libby A. Nelson, who is sharing the new report out by the federal Committee on Measures of Student Success. Title link to the story, the report itself (PDF) is here.


"Key recommendations include a call for part-time, degree-seeking students at community colleges to be counted toward federally reported graduation and transfer rates (they currently are not), and for more precise counting of students who transfer out of community colleges, such as lateral transfers to other two-year institutions. The current federal rate counts only first-time, full-time students -- a population that excludes the majority of students at many community colleges and significant numbers of students at most community colleges."

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Classrooms as Communities | Vincent Tito | School of Education - Syracuse University : Faculty Web Sites

Classrooms as Communities | Vincent Tito | School of Education - Syracuse University : Faculty Web Sites | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Classrooms as Communities is the article we're pointing out here, but by clicking on the title link you go to Professor Tito's curriculum vitae, which has links to many good and relevant articles. 


Download Classrooms as Communities here - http://bit.ly/vfmB6P.

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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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Why Is College So Expensive? And Can Obama Make It Cheaper?

Why Is College So Expensive? And Can Obama Make It Cheaper? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Regarding the president's speech in Ann Arbor last week:


"Is this plan just "political theater of the worst sort," as University of Washington President Mike Young put it? Or is it a brave attempt at "tying the method of funding to the outcomes we're looking for," as William Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, said? Honestly, it might be a bit of both. Some aspects of the plan look like little more than window dressing in an election year. But overall, it seems like an earnest attempt to hog-tie some of the many wild forces that are pushing up the cost of a college education."

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Paul Whitney's comment, February 7, 2012 8:38 AM
Overall personnel costs and various fees charged to students are out-of-whack. Colleges continue to produce budgets that are geared to their survival and not directed toward the consumer [student] needs.
Miscellaneous charges are included in tuition costs that by their nature will continue to rise. Productivity is not a concept that Higher Education has any concept of or a clue how to address. Certainly, the federal bureaucracy is not the place for us to look for ideas on lowering costs...besides, how is No Child Left Behind working for you? Race to the Top is just another federal program throwing money at a problem. Schools that are innovative and manage their costs to revenue will survive.
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The Daily Tar Heel :: Black universities struggle with retention

The Daily Tar Heel :: Black universities struggle with retention | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Historically black colleges across the country have pointed to student retention as the biggest problem facing institutions today.

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A very nice article interviewing SCUP's director of planning and Education Phyllis Grummon, as well as administrators from Winston-Salem State University and Elizabeth City State University.

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andrew mulinge's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:56 PM

HIstorically black college and universities have provided the means of education for many afirican americna sin the past and in the present as well. One of the main issues that is decreasing retention is the lack of financial support for most students. At prestigious institutions across the world, the alumni is a valuable asset to the success of the students. My concern is where are the alumni from these schools? Given the names of significant alumni at for example Howard, why is it that they are near backrupt? Where is the support? How can we garnish more support for alumni so HBCUs don't become extinct in the next decade?

 

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Bridging Academics and Student Affairs to Advance Student Success: Freshmen Academies at Queensborough Community College | AAC&U News | November 2011 |

Bridging Academics and Student Affairs to Advance Student Success: Freshmen Academies at Queensborough Community College | AAC&U News | November 2011 | | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This case study is available via AAC&U News, a publication of the American Association of Colleges & Universities:


"The first semester of college is crucial for students at any institution, but it’s especially important at Queensborough Community College (QCC), where many students are the first in their families to attend college and may be unprepared for the transition from high school. For these students, the first semester is crucial for both retention and long-term success. Faced with high dropout rates, the QCC developed the Freshmen Academies, a new advising and enrollment strategy that bridges academics and student affairs in an effort order to reach students early and provide them with more individualized support to navigate their first year of college."

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StudentGeneratedInduction's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:25 PM

Support for students who are the first generation to go to university in their family.

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due -- Campus Technology

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Technology is helping ease the transfer process for students transitioning from two-year to four-year schools.


"Increasingly, schools are turning to technology to streamline the transfer process and help students track their academic progress. Here, we look at two institutions - South Orange County Community College (SOCCC) and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) - that have tackled the transfer problem from either side of the issue: guiding two-year students to become four-year graduates, and helping incoming transfer students reach their academic goals."

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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."