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Higher Education in India & Its challenges :

State Government Victoria Australia presents India Education Summit 2014: conceived and organized by Businessworld. Over the past decade, India has made laud...
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APM Group's curator insight, September 11, 2014 7:52 AM

Education in India despite of high quality is always questioned for its practicability. Most of the basic schools are yet to be modernizing in their approach. The basic thing that I found in Indian school is the absenteeism of the latest trends like facility management, housekeeping services and others.

 

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'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report

'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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Facing skeptical customers, declining enrollment, an antiquated financial model that is hemorrhaging money, and new kinds of low-cost competition, some U.S. universities and colleges may be going the way of the music and journalism industries.


Their predicament has become so bad that financial analysts, regulators and bond-rating agencies are beginning to warn that many colleges and universities could close.


'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble,' the financial consulting firm Bain & Company concluded in a report—one-third of them, to be exact, according to Bain, which found that these institutions’ operating costs are rising faster than revenues and investment returns can cover them."

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And Robert Zemsky says the faculty are sitting on the sideline: 

We’re on the sideline. And that’s terrible that the faculty, writ large, are on the sideline.”

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Donald M. Norris is the SCUP 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award Recipient

Donald M. Norris is the SCUP 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award Recipient | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Donald M. Norris, Ph.D. is president and founder of Strategic Initiatives, Inc.  He has been active in the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) for more than 30 years, starting during his service as a university planner and institutional researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston and continuing through his distinguished consulting career.  He has co-authored seven books and monographs for SCUP that have dramatically influenced the field of strategic planning over the past thirty years, including Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century (1995), A Guide to Planning for Change (2008), and Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change (2013).  His work also includes ground-breaking practices in analytics and optimizing student success and institutional performance. He was program chair of SCUP-21 in 1986 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by SCUP in 1994. 

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Congratulations to Donald M. Norris on his recognition of his exceptional achievements in higher education plannng. The Society for College and University Planning has awarded bim its highest honor, the 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award for Distinguished Service.

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The Future of Higher Education Infographic

The Future of Higher Education Infographic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Future of Higher Education Infographic takes a look at the paths that higher education could take in the next few years.
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An interesting visual.

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Education Life: The Disrupters

Education Life: The Disrupters | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Pioneering online upstarts are trying to transform higher education with things like programs intended to make college more affordable and those that dispense with the credit hour and classroom time with a professor in favor of self-paced online...
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Anya Kamenetz writes about these pioneering programs in Education Life, The Times’s quarterly magazine about higher education. It’s part of a package of articles that highlight online experiments, including UniversityNowMinerva and University of the People – intended to make college more affordable as well as more convenient by tapping into web-based technology.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:41 PM

Disruptive new models have parents as well as prospective students looking and reconsidering.   More bloggers are writing  about the problems with large education debt (bankrupcy exempt.)  Economic cycles threaten to turn higher education into high priced vocational schools.


~  Deb

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Guest Commentary

The Question of the Continued Relevance of the American College Campus by Charles Warner Oakley© Upon reading a recent piece entitled Campus Forever? by Michael Haggans in his blog Campus Matters, ...
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Very good read which has stimulated a thoughtful conversation on CampusMatters.net. 


Understood that, in this human world,  forever is probably not achievable, to me the question becomes: “Can any particular campus last a very long time into the future?” This makes me want to take a look at the past for some guidance on the possibilities. In considering the continuing existence of any particular college campus – as a college campus – the continued existence of the institutions themselves is obviously a threshold issue.

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Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change

Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This new SCUP book will be published at SCUP–48 in San Diego, July 27–31. Several of the authors will be available for discussion at 4:15 pm on Sunday, July 28.

Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change

by Donald Norris, Robert Brodnick, Paul Lefrere, Joseph Gilmour, Linda Baer, Anne Hill Duin, and Stephen Norris

We begin with a simple thesis:  American Higher Education is facing an Age of Disruptive Change – as are all other industries.  Higher education needs to realign its programs and experiences to the needs and changing value propositions expected by learners, their families, employers, public policy makers, and other stakeholders in these new conditions.  In this context, there are six major challenges facing higher education at this time. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction


Part I: Snapshots from the 2020 Future


Part II: Revisiting 1995, then Zooming to the 2013 Present


Revisiting What the Future Looked Like in 1995
Tracking Other Voices from 1995 to the Present
2013 is Our New Vantage Point for the Future
Watering the Green Shoots of Change


Part III: Starting in 2013, Getting it Done


Reinventing Strategies, Business Models, and Emerging Practices
Getting Started and Getting It Done
Create a Sense of Urgency, Build a Winning Coalition
Practice Planning From the Future Backward
Combine Strategy, Organizational Development, Innovation, Analytics, and Performance
Measurement, Analytics, and Performance Excellence
Deploy the Power of “Radical Incrementalism”
Achieve New Levels of Collaboration, Sharing, and Partnership
Execute Strategies to Engage the Disruptive Future
Develop a Performance Excellence Culture


Part IV: Vignettes from the 2020 Future, Stories from the Frontline of Transformation


Appendix: Addressing the Challenges Facing American Higher Education
References


Author Biographies


“New circumstances call for the new words, new phrases….and for the transfer of old words to new objects.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1813

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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.”

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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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Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'

Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen spoke about disruption in higher ed as a keynote speaker at the Harvard IT Summit.
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"'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'


Christensen made a connection between higher ed today and the reign of mainframe computing. 'At the time of the mainframes, the proprietary architecture mattered most and the components were secondary. Everybody knew IBM and Digital, but not the maker of their components. The PC’s arrival flipped all that, and the component makers like Intel then became more important.'


He continued, 'Harvard will still have its unique architecture, but the courses are becoming modular, like PC components. The brand [recognition] could move away from the universities to the courses.'


With more ways to access learning, a difficult question looms: 'Is this [transformation] a threat or an opportunity for Harvard?' There was a long silence after Christensen posed the question.


Finally, [Harvard President] Margulies, sitting in the front row, answered.


'It’s both,' she said."

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Plan for Higher Ed Transformation— Pittsburgh, July

Plan for Higher Ed Transformation— Pittsburgh, July | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Join 1,500+ peers and colleagues at higher education's premier annual planning conference.

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What Strategists Can Learn from Architecture

What Strategists Can Learn from Architecture | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Managers routinely claim that their strategic planning process creates large, detailed documents, but often little else.  It’s as if the process serves no purpose other than to create the plan, and execution is somehow separate.


An approach that we think might work better would be to treat strategy making as if it were a design process. We’re not the first to propose that strategy borrows from design; in HBR articles, Henry Mintzberg drew the analogy with the potter throwing a bowl and Roger Martin has made an explicit connection with design.


But the aspect of design we want to focus on here is a bit different.

The key feature of the design process that interests us is the concept of “levels of design”, a notion that the creation of a design goes through a series of levels of increasing complexity and detail.

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Community Colleges Get Strategic About Enrollment

Community Colleges Get Strategic About Enrollment | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

For decades, the community-college sector expanded almost automatically as it helped broaden access to higher education, says Peter S. Bryant, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Noel-Levitz. But waiting for students to show up is no longer enough, says Mr. Bryant, who has seen more business lately from community colleges. "There's a growing realization," he says, "that there has got to be a much more strategic approach."

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Very important message for community college planners about enrollment.

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Enrollment Woes Push Small Colleges to Be Strategic

Enrollment Woes Push Small Colleges to Be Strategic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The dynamics that are reshaping higher education pose challenges for small tuition-dependent colleges. But some are finding ways to thrive.
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No innovation is a panacea, of course. Introducing a new academic program isn't cheap. Revamping curricula takes time, and demands considerable cooperation among administrators and faculty members. And even the best plans might not have a lasting impact on enrollment.


Mr. Ries at Concordia suspects that a college can ride the benefits of a signature change, like cutting tuition, for only three or four years. That means college leaders must continuously anticipate their next move. "You've got to be dancing all the time," he says. But that's surely preferable to standing still.

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How to Use Project Management Tools to Integrate Strategic Planning Implementation and the Accreditation Cycle

How to Use Project Management Tools to Integrate Strategic Planning Implementation and the Accreditation Cycle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Connecting Your Institution’s Achievements to Demonstrate a Culture of Compliance," by Susan Paraska, director of institutional effectiveness at Kennesaw State University, presents a method for integrating strategic plan implementation and the planning requirements of the accreditation cycle using project management tools.


This Planning for Higher Education article can be downloaded from this page only through Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Jan Lubin's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:24 AM

This planning process should help anyone involved with the current accreditation process.