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Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies

Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The bottom line…

Remember these best practices for engaging faculty members in recruitment and retention:

  • Help faculty members understand why their help is valuable.
  • Encourage faculty members to participate in recruitment events.
  • Plan outreach efforts such as summer camps that include professors.
  • Create systems for tracking student success and reach out to students who are having trouble.
  • Be available and encourage conversations with students so that you know what they like and don’t like."
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Professional Academic Advisors—Administrative Bloat or Essential for Completion/Retention?

Professional Academic Advisors—Administrative Bloat or Essential for Completion/Retention? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Who Advises Best, Pros or Profs” is SCUP–49 plenary speaker Jeff Selingo’s take in The New York Times on the role of academic advisors in completion and reten…
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When it comes to helping students be engaged, to give them advice about what they need to do outside the classroom, faculty are not always the best.”

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'I feel like I was set up to fail'—

'I feel like I was set up to fail'— | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Some schools feast on federal aid and don't care if the student can repay it. Here's one woman's tragic story
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Like many others, Jaqueta had an important asset: She was eligible for a federal student loan. It is impossible to talk about for-profit education without mentioning how the availability of federal loans affects the process.


The lack of wealth among many students in their classrooms means that a higher share can qualify for need-based student aid. More than 60 percent of students at for-profits receive need-based Pell Grants. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, says that 96 percent took out student loans — twice as often as was the case with students in traditional four-year public institutions and more than seven times the rate of students at community colleges.


Those numbers are not an accident.

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Who Needs College? Young Entrepreneuer Bets On Bright Idea For Solar Energy - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Who Needs College? Young Entrepreneuer Bets On Bright Idea For Solar Energy - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Another story about a bright young person dropping out (this time, Princeton) to start an innovative business. It's part of that growing meme about You don't…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A nice story about a young person who drops out of college. Somehow the connection to it was the college which gave her the opportunity to explore and learn about her entrepreneurial interest during a school-sponsored international experience  :)

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Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics

Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

While some schools are making changes to boost student outcomes, Finney says it is too early to know how institutions will change in the long term in response to performance-based funding. "Strong state-level data systems are necessary to determine changes in performance and to make adjustments accordingly," she says. "States vary in terms of the sophistication of their student unit record systems. This must be carefully aligned with the outcomes they hope that institutions will strive for."


"Any financial policy involves a series of trade-offs," says Tennessee's Deaton. While he and other state education leaders believe the positives of performance-based funding "far outweigh the negatives," he also says "until the model is road tested, you don't know for sure how it will work out."

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Performance-based funding and measuring outcomes. A review of the states and a clear exposition of the current status by Nancy Mann Jackson in NACUBO's Business Officer magazine.

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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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To Close the Skills Gap, Re-Value the Associate Degree : New England Board of Higher Education

To Close the Skills Gap, Re-Value the Associate Degree : New England Board of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This problem actually provides an opportunity that may be unique to New England: It is time to re-value the associate degree in our part of the world.


Just because employers can require a bachelor’s degree or higher for a particular job does not mean they have to. Very often, an associate degree can provide important hands-on skilled training—especially for entry level or “middle skill” jobs—that bachelor’s degrees don’t provide.


And, when an employer is able to hire an associate degree-holder for a job that may have previously required a bachelor’s degree, they may save some labor costs and look forward to workers staying in their positions longer as they pursue additional education and training and move up the ladder.

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

A suggestion with a case study by Noemi Custodia-Lora, assistant dean of liberal arts and sciences and Lane A. Glenn, president at Northern Essex Community College. And David R. Legg, vice president of quality assurance with Charm Sciences.

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