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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 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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Hampshire College Investment Policy Favors Socially and Environmentally Responsible Companies | Inside Higher Ed

If you are planning long term, sustainability makes sense. 


"But many who are advocating for an increased focus on socially responsible investing say that practices that focus solely on financial returns don’t necessarily guarantee higher returns in the long run. During the 2008-09 financial crisis, those colleges that were the riskiest with their investments saw the biggest losses.


'A Massey Energy might turn you a profit for a period of time by externalizing the costs of environmental impacts, and short-term investors can trade out of the way before the negative impacts are felt,' said Jon Lukomnik, executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute. 'For a long-term investor, that’s practically impossible to do. And if you’re one of those, you probably want to integrate some sustainability analysis into your investing.'"

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Penn's LEED Buildings - Almanac, Vol. 58, No. 20

Penn's LEED Buildings - Almanac, Vol. 58, No. 20 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Weiss Pavilion: Penn’s Fifth Certified LEED Building (01/31/12, Penn's LEED Buildings - Almanac, Vol.


A nice review of its green buildings, in the University of Pennsylvania's Almanac.

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For Small-College Presidents, Advice on Budgets and Bully Pulpits - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Small-College Presidents, Advice on Budgets and Bully Pulpits - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Larger numbers of freshmen are now starting out in community colleges, and public institutions face growing demands to produce more graduates with the use of lower-cost adjunct instructors, said Mr. Ehrenberg, a professor of industrial and labor relations and economics at Cornell University. With more-flexible governance structures, "you have a unique advantage" to capitalize on those trends, he told the presidents.


Colleges with higher numbers of full-time faculty members have higher rates of student persistence, he said, adding: "If I were a CIC president, I would repeatedly emphasize that." And "perceptive leaders" of small private colleges should also see enrollment opportunities in forging ties with community colleges to attract transfer students."

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Private colleges maintain value, say educators Richard Chait and Zachary First

Private colleges maintain value, say educators Richard Chait and Zachary First | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A continuing dialogue in Harvard magazine:


"In our July-August issue, Cizik professor of business administration Clayton M. Christensen and his former student, Michael B. Horn, of the Innosight Institute, made the case that the intersection of disruptive technologies with outmoded or failed business models put much of American higher education at risk (“Colleges in Crisis,” page 40). That article prompted extended comment from readers, some of it published in the letters section of the September-October and current issues. Two eminent scholars of higher education now offer their own perspective on what they see as the unique, durable, and adaptable characteristics of private American institutions of higher education—a case they make in part by putting forth an educator’s take on business enterprises. Although the essays were conceived separately, both bear on issues of particular pertinence during Harvard University’s 375th anniversary year, and so we continue the discussion by publishing their argument here. ~The Editors"

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