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How Are Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Getting Along as Neighbors?

How Are Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Getting Along as Neighbors? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Downtown Phoenix has become a focal point for the education of healthcare professionals with the ongoing development of the Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Each of the Arizona public universities now has a presence in Phoenix’s urban core offering healthcare degree programs and research. Here is an ASU Design Consortium Abstract and Description of the project,


This symposium will examine these innovative approaches to redefine complex problem solving outside of traditional boundaries to reach solutions from diverse academic perspectives. We will explore multiple dimensions of this approach in the context of the multiple healthcare professional programs to learn about the programs, approaches, and environments that support success.

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A one-day symposium from the Society for College and University Planning's Pacific Region | October 13, 2014 | Arizona State University Downtown Campus | Phoenix, AZ | Register now!

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Machines v. Lawyers by John O. McGinnis, City Journal Spring 2014

Machines v. Lawyers by John O. McGinnis, City Journal Spring 2014 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
As information technology advances, the legal profession faces a great disruption.
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The growing role of machine intelligence will create new competition in the legal profession and reduce the incomes of many lawyers. The job category that the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls “other legal services”—which includes the use of technology to help perform legal tasks—has already been surging, over 7 percent per year from 1999 to 2010. As a consequence, the law-school crisis will deepen, forcing some schools to close and others to reduce tuitions. While lawyers and law professors may mourn the loss of more lucrative professional opportunities, consumers of modest means will enjoy access to previously cost-prohibitive services.

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The potential of community-based sustainability projects for deep learning initiatives

This paper provides and illustrates a generic framework for deep learning in a Sustainability-based course for higher education instruction. The use of Sustainability Consulting Projects is detailed with potential application to similar programs as part of their Sustainable Education curriculum. Using four disparate institutions of higher learning across the eastern coast of the United States we can complete an exploratory analysis of the framework. This analysis will provide us opportunity to identify and characterize community sustainability projects and their contribution to higher order, integrative and reflective learning. This deep learning framework and model will be helpful to curriculum developers and instructors who wish to introduce these types of projects into their courses and curriculum. These processes and tools may be integrated into current Sustainability Management courses or used as the basis for development of specific courses focused specifically on this topic; e.g., Sustainability Consulting or as a capstone course. Lessons learned and framework design and implementation provide opportunities for further research and development of these courses.


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From the conclusion: "The cases from four universities and 85 projects also provided a number of lessons learned with direct implications for practice and research." This paper—and the accompanying themed issue, "Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Emerging Areas" of the Journal of Cleaner Production—is of interest.

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Are Ivy League Schools Really Offering the Best Architectural Education?

Are Ivy League Schools Really Offering the Best Architectural Education? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"What this shows is that there are two fundamentally different ways of teaching taking place in US architecture schools. On the one hand are the Ivy League schools, with a focus on design and theory; on the other are schools focusing on the practical aspects of construction and sustainability. Both types of architectural teaching are finding success, with Harvard being first overall for its Graduate program, and Cal Poly first overall for its Undergraduate program.


Should we be surprised that Ivy League schools are finding success in the traditionally ‘academic’ aspects of training, while a Polytechnic is leading in teaching technical expertise? Perhaps not. What is more intriguing is that while professionals are obviously highly appreciative of both styles of teaching, in the case of the Ivy League schools this admiration seems to be one way traffic."

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

Like most unhealthy relationships, correcting this problem will require compromises from both sides. The profession has to find a way to position itself closer to the Ivy League graduate’s conception of architecture, and Ivy League schools really ought to be educating students in a way that doesn’t leave them alienated by the realities of making buildings.


How might schools do this? The answer may lie in those “very nearly mutually exclusive” lists from earlier. The University of Southern California seems to be producing uniquely balanced architects, appearing on four of the five lists highlighted and six of the eight lists in total, with their undergraduate program ranked 7th overall. Sadly, the statistics can’t tell us exactly how they achieve this balance – but this university may be one to watch in the future.

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The Business School Building Boom

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"There has been a rise in what commentators call the "MBA building boom" - a raft of leading schools are spending millions developing their campuses and opening new buildings. The life of the b-school student is becoming one of luxury.

 
Portland State University's School of Business Administration is planning a $60 million project that will triple its available space on campus. Yale School of Management unveiled a new $243 million campus earlier this month, while Harvard Business School just spent $100 million on a new building for its executive education programs."
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We like this:


""In every way, our physical campus and the way Tuck’s faculty and staff interact with students fosters a sense of community and collaboration. It is the place where lifelong relationships are created - perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Tuck experience," she added.

 
With the rise in online and distance learning, it could be a risk developing campuses to such an extent - even if the majority of funding doesn't come from university coffers.
 
Sally Blout, Kellog's Dean, told The Economist earlier this month: "Our industry is about to transform itself. And you have to decide whether you are in or out of face-to-face education.""
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Online Education Has a Loneliness Problem. Can Harvard Fix It?

Online Education Has a Loneliness Problem. Can Harvard Fix It? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Herzlinger says MOOCs are suited to classes with objective, measurable outcomes. They don’t work as well for teaching conceptual or action-based ideas.


“Didactic courses are very adaptable to the Web,” she says. “I teach accounting as well, and there’s always a right answer. Those courses are easy. Innovation is much more challenging because it has to be interactive and team-based.”
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Law school enrollment is collapsing

Law school enrollment is collapsing | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The life of a budding American lawyer isn't what TV shows like "L.A. Law" once made it out to be. Fresh numbers from the American Bar Association show US law school enrollment tumbling 11% over last year to 39,675.
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Many fewer people investing in the LSAT, as well.

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