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League for Innovation, Day 1 | Dean Dad | Behavioral economics and 'initiative fatigue'

"Finally, Diana Oblinger, the President and CEO of Educause, gave a plenary that picked up largely where Sebastian left off.  She went through a host of examples of colleges that are using analytics and other software in fascinating ways, of which my favorite was Austin Peay State University’s program that gives students “top ten” course recommendations for the following semester, complete with projected grades.  The idea is to keep students on track by “nudging” them towards the “right” choices.

As Oblinger went through her examples, I was struck by the heavy (acknowledged) borrowing from behavioral economics.  Behavioral economics uses observed behavior to change the ways that people make decisions.  For example, people are easily overwhelmed by too many options; sometimes they’ll just walk away rather than make a choice.  (Note the parallel to “initiative fatigue.”)  If we don’t have the stomach to mandate decisions, but we don’t want students to just throw up their hands at seemingly infinite options, then we can use “nudging” to push students towards the choices we want them to make.  Top ten lists are a way to do that.  Students are still free to go off the top ten list, but most don’t."

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"The second presentation, by President Susan Karr and academic vice president Lee Ann Nutt of Lone Star College in Houston, addressed “initiative fatigue.”  Anyone who has worked in administration for very long knows the drill: every year or two a new project with a new acronym comes along, and most of the usual suspects address the same questions they addressed last year.  Over time, the various projects overlap, deadlines start to crash into each other, people start to forget what got said where, and after a few years, people start to adopt a “been there, done that” attitude.

They took a crack at breaking initiative fatigue by setting up a coordinating committee with a master chart of outcomes.  The idea was to map who was doing what, so redundancies could be identified and undue duplication avoided.  (Presumably, it could also help identify the areas of minimal coverage, where future projects would be welcome, and areas of ample coverage, where the horse is well and truly dead.)  Yes, it’s almost a parody of administration to suggest a “committee on committees,” but in practice it can make a lot of sense."

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book: Fundraising Strategies for Community Colleges: The Definitive Guide for Advancement (9781579227319): Steve Klingaman: Books

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 Fundraising Strategies for Community Colleges is a hands-on, step-by-step guide to building a million-dollar-a-year development office.


Community colleges educate nearly half the undergraduates in America yet receive as little as two percent of all gifts to higher education. Private philanthropy is now essential to the mission of community colleges. In order to gain a fair share, community colleges can rely on this book to deploy strategies effectively used by 4-year colleges. The author, Steve Klingaman, has raised over $40 million dollars for two-year and four-year colleges over a 25-year development career.


With its emphasis on planning the work and working the plan, Fundraising Strategies for Community Colleges offers practical advice and concrete steps on how to build a strong advancement team with robust Annual Fund, grants, major gifts, planned giving programs.[end quote]

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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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At UNT-Dallas, Consultants Propose a Reinvention - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

And faculty are wary:


"Bain projects that the model would allow UNT-Dallas to offer an education for less than $6,000 a year well into the future­—a bit less than the $6,600 students pay now. (For students who qualify for Pell Grants, the out-of-pocket expense would be about $2,000 a year.) Bain says that by adopting the new model and increasing enrollment, the university could operate by 2022 at a cost of $30,000 per graduate. Without a change in course, Bain says, that cost would be about $100,000 per graduate."

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#SCUP47 Presenter Heze Simmons Receives the 2011 Financial Executive of the Year Award

Simmons is presenting "Integrated Planning and Resource Allocation to Meet Changing Fiscal Realities" on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:45 am. Register for SCUP–47 by Monday, April 30 for early bird savings!


"Rochester Business Journal and Financial Executives International award this distinction to individuals who make significant contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year. Heze was recognized for student focused financial decision making, empowering and developing employees and leading efforts for the very successful shuttle between campuses. Outside of MCC, Simmons was recognized for his contributions to Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development Center.


In an article in the Rochester Business Journal, Heze said 'I see this award as a tribute to my staff and an extension of all the hard work they do, too.'"

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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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Technology helps personalize the college experience for SOCCD students

Technology helps personalize the college experience for SOCCD students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
California’s South Orange County Community College District is a leader in ed-tech innovation, with custom-developed applications that help students register for courses, buy textbooks, and find the courses that are right for them.


Q&A Excerpt


"Q: Have you noticed an increase in student performance and/or motivation? If so, how?


A: Yes. Students have used My Academic Plan (MAP) to create over 107,000 academic plans, and our Sherpa recommendation engine helped students find alternatives to closed classes more than 2,000 times last semester."


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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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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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Leading the Charge for Change | University Business Magazine

From this recent interview with Champions of Change honorees, in University Business:


"Q: With President Obama’s call to increase college graduates, many look to community colleges to lead the way. Yet, funding continues to dwindle. How do you close that gap?


A: That’s a tough one. We’ve had a 35 percent enrollment increase in five years, yet we’ve had only a 5 percent increase in state aid. In our area, we also have a loss of property tax because of the housing market, so it’s a challenge. We have a seven-year budget that makes us very conscious in how we spend every dollar, and I have to say that everyone has been very cooperative in looking at ways to control expenses. One thing we did seven years ago is that we spent the money from a capital improvement bond on internal controls for lighting and energy reduction. We were spending about 8 percent of our budget on energy and now it’s down to about 2 percent."

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League for Innovation Sustainability Symposium

League for Innovation Sustainability Symposium | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This symposium was at Lane College on October 14, 2011. Many of the sessions have published slide sets available, including:


  • How to Turn a Liability into a Sustainable Development Opportunity | Carol Anderson, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Delta College – Where Our Color Will Always Be Green | Mike Finelli, Linda Petee, and Donna Giuliani, Delta College; and
  • Utilizing “a building that teaches about energy, resources and stewardship” combined with programs that emphasize sustainable communities & consensus-based learning | Pat Cornely, Kristin Sulivan, John Swensson, De Anza College;
  • and many others.
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The Faculty in Progress Programm (FIPP) at Maricopa Community College

The Faculty in Progress Programm (FIPP) at Maricopa Community College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This is a Community College Journal of Research and Practice article authored by "Trends in Higher Education II: Where Are We Headed?" symposium speaker Maria Harper-Marinick.

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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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Certificates Make Up 22% of All College Awards; Up From 6% in 1980

"Certificates are the fastest-growing college credential, with a big wage payoff. But earnings mostly go to men, and the certificate remains largely misunderstood in 'completion agenda.'"

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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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Bellevue College, Washington [Previously Bellevue Community College]

Bellevue College, Washington [Previously Bellevue Community College] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Check out Bellevue College's website. Today only, you'll see what the differently-abled see.

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Reclaiming the American Dream - Community Colleges and the Nation's Future

Reclaiming the American Dream - Community Colleges and the Nation's Future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A new report from the AACC:


"The American dream is at risk. Because a highly educated population is fundamental to economic growth and a vibrant democracy, community colleges can help reclaim that dream. But stepping up to this challenge will require dramatic redesign of these institutions, their mission, and, most critically, their students’ educational experiences."

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Community college leaders told privatization is wave of the future | Inside Higher Ed

"Some say they are already functionally "private": Both Curtis and Glasper referenced a table created by D. Bruce Johnstone, a leading scholar of higher education who is former chancellor of the State University of New York. In the table, Johnstone looked at various qualities such as 'mission,' 'ownership,' and 'sources of revenue,' and established a continuum from "high 'publicness' " to 'high "privateness."'" For sources of revenue, the continuum goes from public funds as the primary source of college budgets to tuition funds as the primary source.


By such measures, Curtis said, his college is private. By next year, he said, the college will be close to having two-thirds of its revenue come from tuition revenue. But Curtis stressed that his college is embracing many other characteristics of privatization 'and they are not all bad.'"

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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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The League Day 2: When Generations Clash | Inside Higher Ed

The League Day 2: When Generations Clash | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Dean Dad reports on the League for Innovation in the Community College Conference. SCUP has a booth there, and you'll be able to find a number of SCUP staff and members on hand if you're lucky enough to be there:


"Go to enough panels, and you start to detect themes.


Quick quiz: Community colleges are


a. A movement

b. A daring and audacious bet on democracy

c. An established sector of higher education

d. Dying


As a Gen X’er, I think the answer is c. I don’t remember a world without community colleges. Yes, they’ve grown over the last decade, but the growth was from an already-existing base. Most of the growth that has happened has happened at campuses that were built decades before.


The founding generation – the Terry O’Banions of the world – prefers answer a, and sometimes b. (Their evil twins give answer d.) They believe that community colleges are insurgents, shaking up the world of higher education with their open-door, democratic idealism. To be fair, that was true at one time. It just isn’t anymore."

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What Do Small Private Colleges & Community Colleges Have in Common?

What Do Small Private Colleges & Community Colleges Have in Common? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Paul Fain, writing in Inside Higher Ed, describes Mark Erickson’s move from president of Wittenburg University to president of Northampton Community College. “It’s not such a big jump,” says Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges:


"That's partially because Wittenberg and most of the council’s members are 'refocusing their missions' to adjust to demographic shifts. 'Look who’s going to colleges these days,' Ekman said. 'It’s disproportionately first generation and low-income students.' The 'completion agenda' is also helping spur small private colleges to enroll and graduate a more diverse range of students, Ekman said. As a result, private universities and community colleges share increasingly similar priorities."

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SCUP Portfolio on Planning in the Community College

SCUP Portfolio on Planning in the Community College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Seven articles and three book reviews, about planning in community colleges, from SCUP's journal, Planning for Higher Education. Only available free to members, as a benefit of SCUP membership.

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Boomers heading back to community colleges

Boomers heading back to community colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A growing number of community colleges nationwide are taking special steps to attract and accommodate students who are 50 and older.


The 50+ Initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges is represented in this USA Today article by Monroe Community College (NY).

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Task force targets low community college grad rates

Task force targets low community college grad rates | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
For every 100 Nevada ninth-graders, about 50 of them will graduate from high school, according to a new study presented to the Nevada Board of Regents.


The title link is to a useful news article about the report. The report, "Fresh Look at Nevada's Community Colleges," is the report of a task force looking at all four of Nevada's community colleges. It looks very much like a plan and it calls for a strategic planning effort, among other things.

It has 10 key recommendations:


  • Create a Strategic Plan Focused on Student Learning Outcomes
  • Focus on Future Technology Needs
  • Leverage Resources to Benefit Learners
  • Create Pathways for K-16 Learners to Succee
  • Remake Remedial Educatio
  • Implement Variable Tuition Pricin
  • Increase Meaningful Certificate
  • Expand Dual High School and College Enrollment
  • Change the State Funding Formula for Community College
  • Move Governance to the Sourc
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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.