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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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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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Nebraska project aims to revive depopulating rural areas | Inside Higher Ed | Planning News & Resources

Nebraska project aims to revive depopulating rural areas | Inside Higher Ed | Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"A new role for land grant institutions? "As modern economics continue to encroach on the family farm and as jobs move to cities, people – especially young people – are fleeing rural America."

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International Consortia of Universities and the Mission/Activities Question | Inside Higher Ed

International Consortia of Universities and the Mission/Activities Question | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If this topic interests you at all, this is a must-read. You'll learn more about internatioinal consortia than you could imagine. This is a really good core source document.


"To facilitate further discussions about the mission/activities question, I have pasted in (see below) the missions of the international consortia, networks, and associations that I know of. I've listed this information in reverse chronological order, in part to see what the newest consortia, networks and associations have decided to focus upon. If you know of any others that I have missed, please email me and I'll add them here. Please keep it in mind, though, that some of these missions are evolving as I write, and the websites I link to are variable in quality and how up-to-date they are."

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture Honor Award to The University of British Columbia for Buchanan Courtyards

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture Honor Award to The University of British Columbia for Buchanan Courtyards; also Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg; Public Architecture; Fast + Epp; Vincent Helton & Associates; 3D Services; Stantec; Acumen; EOS Lightmedia.


Congratulations to all!

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Ball State University to build new hotel, dormitory

Ball State University to build new hotel, dormitory | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
MUNCIE -- Ball State University plans to build a four-story building housing a $25 million hotel, dormitory, conference rooms and two restaurants at University and McKinley avenues.
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Amazon.com:

Amazon.com: Knowledge Matters: The Public Mission of the Research University (A Columbia / SSRC Book) (9780231151146): Diana Rhoten, Craig Calhoun: Books...


"Knowledge Matters problematizes the concept of the public good and the public university and analyzes multiple challenges faced by universities. Several timely issues, such as the commodification of knowledge, are addressed from different theoretical perspectives and with different research objectives. Many chapters situate ongoing debates regarding the public character of the research university within a framework that emphasizes globalization dynamics, such as the pressure to adapt to transnational university rankings and national quality assurance schemes. Taken as a whole, this book offers theoretically provocative essays and a wealth of empirical material. An engaged and engaging scholarly effort."

- Amazon reader review



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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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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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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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Stanford's Board of Trustees approves sites for two new arts buildings

Stanford's Board of Trustees approves sites for two new arts buildings | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Stanford's Board of Trustees has approved sites for two new buildings: the McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History and the museum building for the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.


Good coverage by the Stanford University News.

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University of Michigan may convert old Mott Hospital into extension of adult hospital

University of Michigan may convert old Mott Hospital into extension of adult hospital | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

What do you do with a LOT of unused or under-utilized space in your medical complex?


"Although the [University of Michigan] Health System has spent about seven years planning for the new Mott [children's hospital], little has been said about the fate of the old complex, which opened in 1969 with 200 beds and was renovated in the 1980s.


The old Mott Hospital is physically connected to the University Hospital, making a conversion a natural way to expand the capacity of the adult hospital.
It was not immediately clear whether the U-M Health System envisions the proposal as a permanent solution to meet projected increases in patient volume or whether it would be a temporary solution.


'There’s been a lot of conversations about that looks like, how many beds, what kinds of services,' said Loree Collett, associate hospital administrator for Mott and Von Voigtlander and operational lead for the new Mott construction project.


Hospital executives were quick to say that the university had not made a formal decision to press ahead with the conversion project.
The new Mott Hospital has enjoyed a wave of publicity in recent months, but the University Hospital remains the university’s biggest health care operation.


The 11-story University Hospital, which opened in 1986, has 1.79 million square feet — which is 62.7 percent larger than the sparkling new Mott Hospital facility."

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Freeman A. Hrabowski | SCUP-46 Video | Shaping the University's Culture for the Future: Vision, Leadership, and Planning

Freeman A. Hrabowski | SCUP-46 Video | Shaping the University's Culture for the Future: Vision, Leadership, and Planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Above left, Freeman A. Hrabowski just after being introduced by SCUP president-elect Niraj Dangoria, right, of Stanford University. "Shaping the University's Culture for the Future: Vision, Leadership, and Planning" was the title of Hrabowski's plenary session at the society's anual conference in 2011. Hrabowski is president, University of Maryland Baltimore County. His session energized the nearly 1,500 higher education professionals in attendance.


At the title link are the proceedings from the conference, available to attendees and also to all SCUP members. If you log in as a SCUP member, you will be able to view the entirety of Hrabowski's speech.

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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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Higher Ed Rocks Confab: Engaging Content at Indiana University

Higher Ed Rocks Confab: Engaging Content at Indiana University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

On the first day of Confab, Indiana University’s Erika Knudson and Rebecca Salerno discussed their work creating a content strategy for the Indiana University Alumni Association geared around spurring engagement and building lasting relationships.

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is. The Chronicle editor Jeff Selingo muses:


"With some real dollars at stake, do these elite universities know something about the future of higher education that the rest of us don’t? Or with their billions in endowments, do they have the luxury of throwing money at ideas, to see which ones stick? Or are they simply altruistic, and want to provide free education to the world?


From where I sit, it doesn’t seem like any of these universities have a business plan for these massive open online courses or MOOC’s, as they are known. In recent weeks, at various gatherings, I’ve heard plenty of ideas for a business model, although I’m not sure all of them are viable. They could eventually follow the iTunes model and sell access to a course for $1.99. That starts adding up to real money if you get 100,000+ people to sign up. Depending on the course subject, they could sell access to corporate recruiters. That’s essentially what Sebastian Thrun did last fall, when he sent the résumés of his best students from his Stanford MOOC to Google and other Silicon Valley companies.


Perhaps the best idea I’ve heard so far is that the universities could use these courses as an alternative admissions system."

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings with BauerLatoza Studio; also James Carpenter Design Associates; Schuler Shook; Matrix Engineering Corporation


Midway Crossings would make a nice, informal inside-Chicago trip at SCUP–47, July 7–11.

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NJIT president proposes collaborating with UMDNJ to create research lab in Newark

NJIT president proposes collaborating with UMDNJ to create research lab in Newark | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The notion for the facility, which would be called the Newark Laboratory for Life Sciences Innovation, is six months in the making but has not yet been discussed publicly..."

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Virginia program promotes shorter-term collaboration | Inside Higher Ed

UVA's OpenGrounds must have had an interesting planning process:


"Hoping to encourage more interdepartment work without creating a flurry of new centers, Virginia is launching OpenGrounds. The network provides resources for both short- and long-term academic partnerships while giving Virginia the versatility to focus on the best research. A quick search of Virginia's directory reveals about 90 centers that appear to have some research orientation. Those numbers certainly aren't unique to Virginia, but the hope is that OpenGrounds will foster other kinds of collaborations.


“It remains nimble rather than what often happens where things develop an infrastructure and are there forever whether they’re needed or not,” said William Sherman, the director of OpenGrounds and Virginia’s associate vice president for research.
After 18 months of planning, OpenGrounds will begin in earnest next week when it opens on-campus space for collaborators to meet. Researchers will maintain their office and labs in their home departments, but can use the OpenGrounds office for discussion or planning."

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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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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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MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency http://t.co/hwm1Aorv #SCUP...


MIT is now competing with everyone else, offering a form of credit to people who take courses using its open courseware. It's a big deal.

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UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space

UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Alabama’s School of Public Health is into innovative naming, the advisory board for this renovation project of the fourth floor of Lister Hill Library is called The Naked Catfish. Speaking of the dean of the School of Public Health, Hannah Wollfson at The Birmingham News writes:


"Where there are bare floors and loose wires, he envisions a room full of brilliant minds -- UAB faculty and students, business and civic leaders and members of the public -- sharing ideas and coming up with solutions to local and global problems. ... 'For me, having the opportunity for people to get together to talk, to share ideas, to kind of stand around the water fountain, is really important,' ... [he] came up with the project after faculty members complained that they expended so much energy finding and fulfilling national grants they barely had time left simply to think.” ... 'We're busy working 60 to 80 hours a week; we're on a treadmill,' Michael said. 'If we're going to take advantage of this amazing intellectual capacity, you're going to need a space." ... The name was drawn from the book Where Good Ideas Come From, in which author Steven Johnson writes that innovation emerges in the space between order and randomness, which he called "the edge of chaos."

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Umich hospital growth continues with opening of $17.5M emergency room expansion

Umich hospital growth continues with opening of $17.5M emergency room expansion | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"More importantly, it provides additional sorely needed space, said Jennifer Gegenheimer Holmes, director of operations for the department. 'We were taking care of patients in the hall, she said.

That’s a literal statement. [SCUP staff have in fact been in that position!] A hallway in the existing emergency department was turned into a patient area. Starting today, hospital employees will again be able to use it as a hall.


The $17.7 million renovation project at the hospital has created 27 new patient rooms, bringing the department’s total to 90. The rooms opening today mark the final stage of the renovation, which also expanded and improved the triage, arrival and waiting areas and created a new space for psychiatric emergency services. Officials say the new space will also help them deliver care more efficiently and reduce patient wait times."

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Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian'

Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
When applying to Harvard, Lanya Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white. She considers herself half Taiwanese, half Norwegian.

 

This is an examination of one aspect of selective admissions at elite schools. Such admissions may undergo more scrutiny in light of the Obama administration's recently-published guidelines via the Department of Justice and Department of Education: Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity in Higher Education: http://www.scoop.it/t/higher-education-bubble/p/762257606/white-house-pushes-for-weighing-race-in-admissions

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