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What College Can't Do & What Cartoons Can Do

What College Can't Do & What Cartoons Can Do | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I just finished a fascinating blog post by Joshua Rothman called “What College Can’t Do.” There are so many insightful points in the essay that it wouldn’t make sense for me to cite just a quote or two. That wouldn’t do the piece justice. So I’ve decided to quote the whole damn thing instead. What follows is all Rothman except… well, I’ll let you figure that out."

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Robert Mankoff using New Yorker cartoons to illustrate a brief essay by Joshua Rothman. A very nice way to spend some weekend leisure time. From a portion of the essay: 


"The presence of those old buildings can make you unreasonably optimistic; maybe modernity, like modernism, is just a historical period, a style. On the whole, though, the campus itself suggests the opposite: that modernity is an epoch—huge, dramatic, and irresistible—and that it is transforming the university."

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ROBOTS! (and artificial intelligence)

ROBOTS! (and artificial intelligence) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A special theme hour - starring a computer competing against a comedian for laughs, the Army's recruitment chatbot, and Google crushing on robots.
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A must-listen or must-read.

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Great News: College Enrollment Is Down « The Dish

Great News: College Enrollment Is Down « The Dish | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education is also heartened by the news:


Higher education enrollment has risen over the last 20 years, Hartle says, but the trend is counter-cyclical. During bad economies, people rush to finish a degree or pick up new skills. That’s why 2007 and 2008 saw a 13 percent increase in enrollment, the biggest jump in 25 years. The half-a-million person drop sounds big, he says, but it’s really just a return to normalcy. “Enrollment tends to level off or fall when the economy is improving,” he says. “Given how much enrollment surged during the economic downturn, a reduction was inevitable.”
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Are we ready for this?

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2013 Beloit Mindset List

2013 Beloit Mindset List | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

For this year's new students, born in 1995 ... . Their TV screens keep getting smaller as their parents’ screens grow ever larger. 

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Always a fun thing to look forward to as the new academic year approaches.

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Video: Piketty, Krugman, Stiglitz, and Durlauf on 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'

Video: Piketty, Krugman, Stiglitz, and Durlauf on 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
"The French economist Thomas Piketty discussed his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Graduate Center. In this landmark work, Piketty argues that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of...
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Piketty's new book, all 700 pages, is likely to drive a great deal of discussion about economics and possibly create policy changes. It's an external environmental force for planners to pay attention to.

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When It Comes to the Future of Higher Ed and Tech, Don’t Forget Small State Schools

When It Comes to the Future of Higher Ed and Tech, Don’t Forget Small State Schools | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This article is part of Future Tense, which is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On Wednesday, April 30, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on technology and the future of higher education. For more information and to RSVP, visit the...
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SCUPer Paula Krebs,  dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University in southeastern Massachusetts, writes frequently on U.S. higher education issues. "Making a commitment to offering students the tech they need will require campuswide change. A concomitant investment in faculty would mean training and development of instructors who are in it for the long haul—permanent full-time faculty. Institutions that create full-time positions and offer opportunities for new faculty members to keep up with the latest digital developments will see great rewards in student success.

The biggest change will have to be in administrator and faculty mindset, not in campus hardware."

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State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed?

State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The 2014 legislative successes should allow institutions in numerous states to offer raises for the first time in several years, and to continue (or in some cases begin) to reinvest in programs or initiatives that have been cut or put off over several bad budget years.

That is a much more pleasant climate for campus leaders to operate in than was the one that has prevailed in recent years. On the question of whether the funding upturn represents merely a return to the normal cycle of increases in good times and cuts in bad, higher education officials are hopeful -- if not quite confident -- that something more is at play: a recognition by political leaders that higher education is essential to drive individual and state economic success.


"This is first and foremost about improved economic conditions in the states," says Daniel J. Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis at the state college association. "But there is some evidence that higher education has been prioritized to a higher degree than what current state conditions would have portended."

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