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How One College Boosted Female STEM Graduates–Fast

How One College Boosted Female STEM Graduates–Fast | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The story of how Harvey Mudd College quadrupled its women computer-science graduates in just six years shows how quickly a concerted effort by one organization can shift the balance. 

Even though the 777-student college, which was named for the mining engineer who founded it in the 1950s, specializes in engineering, science, math and computer science, women computer-science majors in 2006 comprised a disappointing 10% of the graduating class.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Now: "Females now make up about 45% of the college’s computer science grads, a percentage that reflects the male-female balance on campus as a whole, and is quadruple the 2006 figure."

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One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco

One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The fate of City College of San Francisco, one of the nation's largest community colleges, rests largely on a state-appointed trustee named Robert Agrella.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This is a Wall Street Journal article centered on the state-appointed trustee, Robert Agrella, a former community cllege president.

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Boosting California's Postsecondary Education

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An excellent report, primarily authored by Patrick Callan, from The Council on Economic Development. The appendix, "Examples of Good Practices and Policy for Boosting Higher Education Productivity," is five pages of useful practice summaries from a number of other states.

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Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept

Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Backed by $2-million from Mellon, Ms. Cuff and her colleagues are essentially trying to start a small urban-humanities department, which will offer certificates to graduate students. So far, the students hail from history, architecture, urban planning, public policy, philosophy, and geography, among other fields.


"We're all people who are interested in urban issues but are dissatisfied with our own discipline's ability to grapple with those issues," says Jonathan Crisman, project director and a core faculty member in the Urban Humanities Initiative.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Thanks to SCUPer Gerry McLaughlin of DePaul University for sharing this, which is of great interest to SCUP members: "The foundation expects to invest up to $15-million in the initial round of projects, which will bring humanities scholars and architects together."

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