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Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment: Statistical Report

The purpose of this report is to examine how often, and under what conditions, postsecondary institutions accept the transfer of credits earned by students at other institutions. It addresses the following questions:
• How often do members of a cohort of beginning college students transfer or coenroll1 between postsecondary education institutions during their undergraduate years?
• How often, and in what amounts, do credits transfer when students move from one institution to another?
• What characteristics of institutions (i.e., control, level, accreditation, and selectivity) and students (i.e., grade point average [GPA] and degree/award level of program) are related to credit transfer?

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From NCES.

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The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports?

The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"College sports already are imbalanced. And they’re doing just fine.


Actually, college sports aren’t merely imbalanced. They’re practically rigged."

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This can stimulate some thought, just as the season begins. We noticed that the title didn't specifically mention football. A lot of forces are converging on college football. Let's say that transformation is on the way. What do you think?

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The 2018 Mindset List | 'Their collection of U.S. quarters has always celebrated the individual states.'

"1. During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center. ...

13. Women have always attended the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel. ...

22. Students have always been able to dance at Baylor."

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

We wait for this every year. This descrbes the world our incoming freshman class has lived their entire lives in.

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New Perry Chapman Research Report: 'Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and Engagement'

New Perry Chapman Research Report: 'Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and Engagement' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Members of the Society for College and University Planning can access digital versions of this new research report on the report's main information page, http://www.scup.org/SM-2014PerryChapman. Nonmembers may view a complimentary ten-page excerpt there, or purchase the book there as well.


This new report, second in the series, addresses the larger context of the university campus and students’ perceptions and experiences of their learning at the tertiary level more generally. Rather than starting from environmental psychology or behaviorist models, it explores the value of applying contemporary approaches from the social sciences to learning space design, an approach increasingly being developed. This, however, is not just a matter of applying a different research method; it also concerns the underlying problem of how we conceptualize relationships between material space and its occupation both generally and specifically in relationship to learning. In fact, over the last few years, theorists across many disciplines that deal with material space—such as geography, anthropology, and science and technology studies—have been critically examining precisely this issue of rethinking how to conceptualize the interrelationships between space, people, artifacts, and activities.

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About the 2013–2014 Perry Chapman Prize Research Team


  • DR. JOS BOYS is currently an academic developer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Previously, she was a teaching fellow and director of student enhancement in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences (FADSS) at Northumbria University.
  • DR. CLARE MELHUISH is an anthropologist of architecture and the built environment based in London. She has employed ethnographic research methods to explore processes of architectural design work and the impacts and social experience of built form in various different settings. She is currently research associate in the Urban Lab, University College London
  • ANGELINA WILSON is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Her research examines how students from different disciplines work together in a mixed-disciplinary environment and the effect this has on both individual and group learning.
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Ex-Googler Creates Slick Kit to Turn Your Kid’s iPad Into a Teacher

Ex-Googler Creates Slick Kit to Turn Your Kid’s iPad Into a Teacher | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Many parents lament the amount of time their children spend glued to iPads, but instead of reaching for the parental controls, ex-Google engineer Pramod Sharma figured out how to harness its addictive powers as an educational tool. The result, called Osmo, uses the iPad’s cameras and display to turn any kitchen table into an interactive learning lab. ... Osmo uses letter tiles, colored blocks, random dinosaur action figures, and even a kid’s stick figure drawings as video game controllers when placed in the camera’s field of view. Osmo’s sophisticated vision systems recognizes the objects and uses them to trigger animations and effects on screen. Now, with over a million dollars in pre-orders, Osmo is on its way to market just in time for the Christmas season and Sharma is sharing background on the design process."

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

So, just how are we planning for higher education? What will "higher ed" look like when these kids turn 18 in, what, 2028? 

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Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They?

Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The client-consultant model for me is the right way to think about student in higher education. "

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Customers or clients? Drawing upon his own recent experiences as a consultant (with clients) in the design of flipped classroom learning environments, Robert Talbert argues for clients.

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The Rising Cost of Not Going To College

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Paul Taylor will speak Monday, July 14, at SCUP–49 in Pittsburgh. Register by July 7 or register on site.


"But do these benefits outweigh the financial burden imposed by four or more years of college? Among Millennials ages 25 to 32, the answer is clearly yes: About nine-in-ten with at least a bachelor’s degree say college has already paid off (72%) or will pay off in the future (17%). Even among the two-thirds of college-educated Millennials who borrowed money to pay for their schooling, about nine-in-ten (86%) say their degrees have been worth it or expect that they will be in the future. "

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The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover

The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Today’s college students are remarkably diverse in age and background, yet each receives the same one-size-fits-all, traditional four-year degree. Those students deserve a new bachelor’s degree that better meets both their varied needs and aspirations and the requirements of today’s economy. It’s time to rethink the purpose of the degree and offer more flexibility as to when, where, and how students acquire it."

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

What will Jeff speak about next month in Pittsburgh at #SCUP49? His breadth and scope of interest and knowledge parallels planners' interests. This is his recent take on re-doing the bachelor's degree.

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Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say

Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to the new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s."

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What to do?

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Students' jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges | Boston Herald

Students' jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges | Boston Herald | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — Many college graduates spend years working off tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.
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How old fashioned.

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Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of Reinvention Strategies

Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of Reinvention Strategies | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Access this new Planning for Higher Education article by SCUPers Linda Baer and Ann Duin Hill: Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of…
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Watch a live Planning for Higher Education video interview with our authors at 1 pm Eastern today.

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Fineable Offenses For Naughty 18th-Century Students at Harvard

Fineable Offenses For Naughty 18th-Century Students at Harvard | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Published in the 1856 book A Collection of College Words and Customs, by B.H. Hall, this list describes offenses punishable by fining at Harvard College in the mid-18th century, and specifies maximum finable amounts in pounds (£), shillings (s.), and pence (d.). The list gives an interesting sense of the...
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Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain

Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Narmak Nassirian has his finger on the pulse of what’s coming at higher ed in many areas. Last week, he appeared in both Time and the Huffington Post, with regard to student loans (see below).


SCUPers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.


  • Student Loan Borrowers Win As Education Department Reverses:

    Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, said last month that the Education Department was not ‘sufficiently focused on its primary clients: students.’” [Time]

  • Student Loan Forms Are Still a Nightmare

    “‘The persistent complexity is partly because the financial-aid formula itself is so confusing,’ said Barmak Nassirian ... ‘With the FAFSA, it’s better to own your home, for example. ... Better than that is to own a farm, and better than that is to own a small business with fewer than 99 employees. [Huffington Post]’”
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Members of the Society for College and University Planning and their peers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.

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Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism

Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Learning analytics stand poised to benefit students in previously impossible ways. Alongside innovation, however, ethical discussions need probing questions, assessments of possible outcomes, and active disagreement about future developments. Ethical modeling will not achieve these, at least not in a substantive way; principled reflection needs to keep up with the speed of innovation as closely as possible. An inner matrix of tensions will achieve ethical reflection aligned with innovation — or at least get us closer to that goal. When schools or companies build new learning analytics systems, or when schools are deciding between competing products, ethical discussions ought to be in the forefront of outcomes-based commitments. The proposed tensions of utopianism (what is the very best outcome?), ambiguity (are the outcomes knowable?), and nihilism (how are unexpected outcomes handled?) can help institutions and companies fulfill the goal of assisting student success."

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

The author, James E. Willis, III is an educational assessment specialist at Purdue University.

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Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education

Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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

Each institution's goal for the grant is briefly described. We think these projects will yield useful lessons learned for others.

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Virginia Curran's curator insight, August 28, 2014 10:00 AM

From www.govtech.com - Today, 7:10 AM


"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely

Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
It’s back-to-school time, and this got us thinking about one of the more amusing tropes from the movies and television: short-tempered college (and grad school) deans getting unreasonably (and sometimes reasonably) angry at the students in their charge. We compiled our favorite such scenes in this supercut. Enjoy.
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We just had to share this at the semester's dawn.

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Exploring Vocation: Reframing Undergraduate Education as a Quest for Purpose

Exploring Vocation: Reframing Undergraduate Education as a Quest for Purpose | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In sum, reflection on vocation taking place in a community of shared interest and support shifted the framing of higher education for both students and faculty. The three elements of the PTEV programs—vocational narrative as basic structure, the grounding of this narrative in learning communities, and the cultivation of reflective practices—invited students to experience their college education not as passive consumers but as protagonists in a serious enterprise with life-long consequences. These programs demonstrated that it is possible to recover the formative power of liberal education, even at a time when fixation upon its merely instrumental value threatens to overwhelm the deeper and more public ends of higher education."

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

For 10 years the Lilly Endowment resourced a Program on the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) that appears to have strengthened liberal education on their campuses: 


"[T]his project challenged a group of 88 colleges and universities affiliated with a variety of Christian denominations, from Orthodox and Roman Catholic to Evangelical Protestant and Quaker, to think anew about what they were trying to achieve for their students (for a list of the campuses that participated, as well as articles discussing the PTEV, see the Lilly Endowment website at www.resourcingChristianity.org). The theme of life purpose, or 'vocation' in the language the project drew from the religious language of calling."

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Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new?

Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Who out there has redesigned graduate assistant space to support the way grads work and study today (versus 20 years ago)? Semi-private offices just aren't an option for some of our buildings and programs - nor are they necessary.
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Please share what you have been doing or what you have learned about.

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Classroom to Career: At Some Point that Essential Transition Must Happen

Classroom to Career: At Some Point that Essential Transition Must Happen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Making the case for college must include convincing an often-skeptical public that higher learning prepares individuals not only for the right job in the dream career, but for the many jobs and multiple careers that the current generation of students will explore in their lifetimes. … Sharpened minds and employable skills represent the new norm for what graduates expect and what colleges and universities must deliver.

Powering Up the Mind and Commencing the Career—are examples of how higher education institutions are approaching this dual and complementary effort to infuse the curriculum with practical work-related experiences and to guide students in the art of translating and applying their academic expertise to any number of employment options that await them."

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

Karla Hignite is one of our favorite higher education writers. In this Business Officer article she introduces two relevant resources.

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The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting

The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Yes, it's a social network. Also: Just a third of high school seniors place a call each day, and more teens report using Pandora than Instagram or Snapchat.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

For young people,

Facebook is the newspaper,

and websites are the authors.


"2. Websites are much smaller than social networks. If you're confused why digital publishers obsess over Facebook and social media, make this graph your smartphone wallpaper. Even the most popular site among teens—BuzzFeed—has fewer daily visitors than any network or app in the graph. (Even Beats, which is considered a tiny music service, has more daily users than any website in the survey.) Seventy three percent of teens don't read BuzzFeed, 84 percent don't read Reddit, and 96 percent don't read Mashable or Gawker. For young people, Facebook is the newspaper, and websites are the authors."

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Professor Write's curator insight, June 26, 2014 1:06 AM

Goes to show, we are moving to a more visual world. What place for literacy then? www.professorwrite.com

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The Next America: ... the Looming Generational Showdown | Three POVs from Higher Ed - YouTube

Three authors for the journal Planning for Higher Education share their takes on Paul Taylor's book. Taylor will be at higher education's premier planning event, "Plan for Transformation in Higher Education," in Pittsburgh, July 12–16:

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

Our guests for this video Planning Interview were SCUPers Linda Baer, Marie Gardner, and James Morisson.

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More Than One Quarter of U.S. College Students Have Dependent Children

More Than One Quarter of U.S. College Students Have Dependent Children | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
One finding from a new report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that 26 percent of all U.S. college students have dependent children. Of these college students who are parents, 71 ...
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Northeastern University Looks at the College Board’s Redesigned SAT

Northeastern University Looks at the College Board’s Redesigned SAT | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"With this announcement, the College Board is taking responsibility for the glaring inequalities that exist in our education system. The organization is attempting to level the playing field so that all students can work through the college application process with the same expectation of success."


Ronné Patrick Turner is associate vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions at Northeastern University.

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Good insights.

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Summer Internships in research in one of four key areas: Online learning models, Learning revenue, High-impact learning practices, and Optimizing content discoverability

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The position begins May 12 and ends August 22 with the possibility of continuing the project. You are expected to work 20–40 hours a week and will be paid $18 an hour. Dates and hours per week are both flexible with the option of occasional telecommuting.

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The Emergence of Three Distinct Worldviews Among American College Students

The Emergence of Three Distinct Worldviews Among American College Students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

U.S. college students participating in ARIS 2013 were asked, “In general would you describe yourself more as a religious, spiritual, or secular person? Select one.” They were nearly evenly divided among the three distinct worldviews: 32% religious, 28% secular, 32% spiritual, and 8% don’t know/not sure. It is important to emphasize that the religious are in minority. Like bellwethers, college students are in the forefront of a more secular American society.

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

Not surprised. How does this change planning?

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