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For the University of Maryland University College, survival is a war on multiple fronts

For the University of Maryland University College, survival is a war on multiple fronts | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Its once unique role in distance education for members of the military has been eroding, in the face of intense new competition. And now military numbers are going down.


This curator fondly recalls taking a meteorology course from UMUC, while he was in Vietnam, in the late '60s.

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3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake

3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Higher education has remained pretty much the same for hundreds of years, but that may be about to change.
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"Since the first wave of massive online courses launched in 2012, a backlash has focused on their failures and commercial uncertainties. Yet if critics think they are immune to the march of the MOOC, they are almost certainly wrong. Whereas online courses can quickly adjust their content and delivery mechanisms, universities are up against serious cost and efficiency problems, with little chance of taking more from the public purse."

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Public Health dean won’t be reinstated at the University of Saskatchewan

Public Health dean won’t be reinstated at the University of Saskatchewan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Interim president says the university will stick to TransformUS restructuring plans and budget cuts
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Change is coming to U. Saskatchewan, and it's a struggle. 

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SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education

SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Very few, if any, organizations operate with anything remotely resembling clockwork precision. As for stability, many organizations need to regularly adapt new practices just to maintain their status quo. Higher education institutions, perhaps more than other organizations, need to consistently practice adaptability to remain competitive and relevant.


SCUP Planning Institute faculty trainer, Robert P. Delprino, has drawn on his education, professional life, and experience as an institute faculty member to write a book every planner should read. “Change is a people process; the strategic planning process is not a solitary activity but one that involves a number of players. Its success depends on the individuals and groups who participate in the plan’s development, application, and evaluation.”

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

A benefit of SCUP membership. Also available for others as an inexpensive download. Combine it with another SCUP book, A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education by Karen Hinton and you have a reference for your committees.

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Perspectives on the College Cost Crisis—Two Book Reviews In One

A review of:


Stretching the Higher Education Dollar: How Innovation Can Improve Access, Equity, and Affordability. Edited by Andrew P. Kelly and Kevin Carey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2013. 272 pages. $60.00 Cloth; $29.95 Paper.


The Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise, by Robert Zemsky. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013. 240 pages. $27.95 Cloth; $27.95 Web PDF. E-Book version available.

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

Mary Taylor Huber concludes: "Kelly and Carey's edited collection will appeal more to those who find promise and excitement in the largely off-campus world of new educational entrepreneurs. Zemsky's book, though far from a warm embrace, will be more persuasive to those who love our campuses and would like to see them improved and sustained."

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Deans and Provosts Provide Leadership Through Changing Times—Advice

Deans and Provosts Provide Leadership Through Changing Times—Advice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"If you’re a dean or provost, managing change is a big part of your job. And it’s likely to become an increasingly important skill.


'Change is not going to be a once-in-a-while thing. It’s going to be the order of the day moving forward,' said Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University.

'The only person who likes change is a wet baby,' Akande said. But change is not a bad thing. 'It’s an opportunity to reevaluate,' he said."

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

Dean & Provost's advisory board members share strategies for managing change.

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What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do?

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What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do?— Josh Wyner administers the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This is an excerpt from his new book, What E…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Establishing an organization that continuously drives toward excellent student outcomes also requires intentional efforts to build a strong culture. I have yet to see an exceptional community college that was built solely through the adoption of isolated programs. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Valencia College, in Orlando, Florida. Valencia has built a faculty professional development process–including a unique tenure system–entirely around improving student learning in the classroom.


Most tenured faculty have come through this system, so there is now a pervasive culture built around professors and staff analyzing and adapting their practice to improve student outcomes.  


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