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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes

Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions,...
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"In theory, many of [publisher] courses could easily act as stand-alone products," replacing university courses.


Derived from this: "It’s sensitive terrain for the publishers as well. In theory, many of their courses could easily act as stand-alone products they could sell directly to students who need to fill a social science or math requirement. Pearson PLC could become Pearson U. But the publishers don’t have college accreditation. They need the colleges to turn a course into something that can count toward a degree, and they don’t want to undercut their main market."

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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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Higher Education On Trial

Higher Education On Trial | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Higher education in 2014 may be getting what it deserves, paying the price of having been a law unto itself for too long. It is time to move beyond a defense of privileges and self-interest to constructive engagement with the public’s questions before the opportunity passes.


For everyone’s sake, we hope it is not already too late."

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

Shirley Mullen is president of Houghton College (N.Y.). Perhaps she'll respond to our Call for Proposals (deadline October 1) “We Strengthen and Transform Higher Education” | July 11–15, 2015 | Chicago, IL #scup50

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MOOCs - A Tsunami of Promises

MOOCs - A Tsunami of Promises | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The prediction was that MOOCs will completely change the game in higher education. Enthusiasm was general - and groupthink so tempting - that many universities across the world adopted them as a pa...
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Interesting point:


The solution to deliver good quality higher learning to all enlightened the imagination of many. The narrative was fantastic: the door to what Time called “High-End Learning on the Cheap” was discovered and new startups and venture capitalists were there to fight to open it for the benefit of the poor around the world. Thomas Friedman argued in 2012 that “nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty” than Silicon Valley solutions and MOOCs will “unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems“.


There is no doubt that rising inequality is a huge problem for the world. This is why is important to remember here that Silicon Valley makes San Francisco one of the most unequal cities in the US. The fact is that the Silicon Valley solution is not working at home, and American politicians make public calls to find answers. A set of important questions should be raised about any set of solutions coming from the same place where education for all or homelessness stay unaddressed and are on the rise (The Guardian reports that in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley “92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind“).

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From Tennessee, a Solution for Mission Creep

From Tennessee, a Solution for Mission Creep | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Instead of basing appropriations on enrollment, like most states do, Tennessee now ties all taxpayer dollars to institutional outcomes, such as credit completion and graduation rate.


The unintended consequences of most laws are usually negative. Not in this case. Because the formula changes on the basis of an institution’s Carnegie classification, it punishes colleges that move too fast up the academic ladder and then don’t perform well at that level. Indeed, there is a strong financial incentive for universities to focus on improving what they already do rather than stretch upward.


'Most of the schools would lose 3 to 10 percent of their funding instantly' if they were measured by the weights of a higher class of institutions, says Richard G. Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Take one of the state’s regional colleges, Austin Peay State University. If it tried to become more like Middle Tennessee State University by awarding doctorates, Austin Peay would very likely lose 4 percent of its state funds."

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

Selingo is keynoting Plan for Transformation of Higher Education in Pittsburgh, July 12–15. Join us.

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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."

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

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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The Education Revolution Is Here Right Now -- Don't Miss It

The Education Revolution Is Here Right Now --  Don't Miss It | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As we progress further into the digital age, the skill set requirements at our campuses will be different.  Really different.  The role of the faculty will change, moving from lecturing and teaching to mentoring and coaching.  Enrollment management for campus-based students is vastly different from management of online enrollment, and requires different skill sets.  Institutions will need to create new policies and governance structures to address online and digital learning. The rhythm of the internal operations at institutions will be vastly different in a digital world.  Just think about non-profit institutions having to respond in minutes or seconds, rather than weeks, to student inquiries.  In this new world, I think colleges will find it  difficult — very difficult —   to successfully  apply past policies and operational procedures to the digital market.  The people challenge will be both skill sets and the depth of available talent.  This will drive institutions to look at partnerships to outsource services with companies who have the depth of core competencies required to sustain an acceptable service level for students and results for the colleges.


Doss:     Well . . . In some ways, this future seems a bit grim, to say the least, for some incumbent institutions.  Do you think we are going to wake up one day and see colleges go out of business?


Beyer:   I am optimistic about the future of higher education."

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

Hmm: "On the other hand we may look back seven to ten years from now and ask where did all the colleges go?   I guess one way to think about this is that for sure there will be winners and losers."

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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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