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For the University of Maryland University College, survival is a war on multiple fronts

For the University of Maryland University College, survival is a war on multiple fronts | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Its once unique role in distance education for members of the military has been eroding, in the face of intense new competition. And now military numbers are going down.


This curator fondly recalls taking a meteorology course from UMUC, while he was in Vietnam, in the late '60s.

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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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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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Who's writing the higher ed board of trustees member algorithm?

Who's writing the higher ed board of trustees member algorithm? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The program (algorithm) will be the sixth member of DKV's board."


[T]he program, called VITAL, can make investment recommendations about life sciences firms by poring over large amounts of data.


Just like other members of the board, the algorithm gets to vote on whether the firm makes an investment in a specific company or not. The program will be the sixth member of DKV's board."

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

So ... who's writing the higher ed board of trustees member algorithm?   :D  @AGBtweets #SCUP would like to recommend an integrative approach to environmental scanning and planning through change.

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"I've not actually heard of any of the people you just mentioned . . . "

"I've not actually heard of any of the people you just mentioned . . . " | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I’ve written before about the growing tendency of professionals in higher education to exist blissfully unaware of the goings-on of other parts of the sector. At the time, I was concerned I might have overstated the case.  I’m no longer concerned."

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

If someone does know what's going on in many parts of higher education then it's likely to be someone who has planning responsibilities.

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Newly-selected 2014–15 Board of Directors, Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

  • Linda Baer, Senior Consultant, i4Solutions (Maplewood, MN)
  • Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Jolene Knapp, CAE, SCUP Executive Director, ex officio
  • Ellen Stanton Milstone, Senior Strategic Planning and Budget Officer, Arizona State University Foundation (Tempe, AZ)
  • Jill Morelli, Director of Facilities, University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle, WA)
  • Michael Purcell, Assistant University Architect, American University (Washington, DC)
  • Douglas M. Roberts, System Director of Budgets and Financial Planning, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (Versailles, KY);
  • Alexandria Roe, Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Budget, University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI)
  • Nicholas R. Santilli, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Psychology, Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH)
  • Philip Simpson, Assistant Director of Facilities Planning, University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO)
  • Mark S. Valenti, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Sextant Group (Pittsburgh, PA)
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:
The 2014–15 SCUP Board of Directors will begin their term on July 16, 2014.  These board members will then select their own chair, vice chair, and secretary/treasurer.
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Molly Martin's curator insight, March 17, 2014 5:02 AM
  • Linda Baer, Senior Consultant, i4Solutions (Maplewood, MN)
  • Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Jolene Knapp, CAE, SCUP Executive Director, ex officio
  • Ellen Stanton Milstone, Senior Strategic Planning and Budget Officer, Arizona State University Foundation (Tempe, AZ)
  • Jill Morelli, Director of Facilities, University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle, WA)
  • Michael Purcell, Assistant University Architect, American University (Washington, DC)
  • Douglas M. Roberts, System Director of Budgets and Financial Planning, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (Versailles, KY);
  • Alexandria Roe, Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Budget, University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI)
  • Nicholas R. Santilli, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Psychology, Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH)
  • Philip Simpson, Assistant Director of Facilities Planning, University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, CO)
  • Mark S. Valenti, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Sextant Group (Pittsburgh, PA)
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Trend— Tying college and university presidential compensation to performance measures

Trend— Tying college and university presidential compensation to performance measures | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

It’s not just presidents who are being held to performance measures to get bonuses and raises. Nineteen percent of provosts and 18 percent of chief financial officers at private universities and colleges are, too, Yaffe & Company reports. In Texas, the new incentive pay plan includes vice chancellors.

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

The landscape of higher ed reveals a trend toward higher ed executive, especially presidential,  bonuses tied to measures of performance such as cost savings, growth in research grants, fundraising, graduation rates and more. This resource examines that trend using, as a case study, John O’Donnell, president of Massachusetts Bay Community College.

  • Patrick Callan of National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The process appears to be undertaken “just to justify extravagant salaries, or is way too focused on fundraising. “In other cases, ‘it’s like they put the presidents on trial,’ and every constituency — faculty, donors, students — is invited to weigh in. That’s just a killer. It creates presidents who won’t take risks.’”
  • Dennis P. Jones of  National Center for Higher Education Management (NCHEMS), a frequent SCUP speaker: “It all goes to the idea of putting money behind the goals you’re trying to achieve. If that’s more graduates, let’s pay for graduates. If it’s something else, let’s pay for that.”
  • Stephen Pollack of consulting firm Mercer: “Corporate concepts are just starting to drift into academia, and they have to. Institutions can’t afford not to have competent people in these jobs.”
  • From Community College Daily www.ccdaily.com by Rebecca Trounson/Hechinger Report.
  • Tags: Presidents, Leadership, Resource and Budget Planning, Compensation
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Jeremy Daniel Haubrich's curator insight, January 7, 2014 8:50 PM

I find it kind of troubling that college presidents have there salary partially based on the graduation rates of students. especially since students come and go, but a president can't MAKE them staqy, when someone wants to leave a college they will because it is a descision made by a person, I find this to be important because If I end up going to a college that does this I dont want to be swayed to stay for some other persons salary

 

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3 Reasons Every Academic Should Read 'Double Down'

  1. Being Smart Is Not Near Enough.
  2. We Underestimate the Importance of Low-Probability, High-Impact Events.
  3. We Should Enjoy Ourselves More.
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Double Down is available at Amazon.
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A Professor in the President's Chair: Pushing for a 'Friendly Revolution'

A Professor in the President's Chair: Pushing for a 'Friendly Revolution' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There are only two branches to this job: No. 1, make sure students are getting the most profound, life-changing, life-enhancing educational experience they can, and, No. 2, make sure that 100 years from now, whoever’s sitting in this chair will have the resources so he or she can do the exact same thing. That’s all. Everything else is noise."

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

"When I took out a yellow legal pad and wrote everything down, including things like deferred maintenance and infrastructure for technology that hadn’t been included, the structural debt ballooned to a little over $6-million. That’s when I realized, Wow, I’m in this thing. We’ve chiseled away at that debt, but I hadn’t expected to spend that much time and effort on such issues."

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Society for College and University Planning Names First President, Michael D. Moss

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

This is a new position and part of significant repositioning for SCUP's next fifty years..

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Does the 'Phenomenon of Enclosure' Threaten the Commons?

Does the 'Phenomenon of Enclosure' Threaten the Commons? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The history of online learning is the history of a plethora of patents. (Watters, 2014) This is a patent for setting up a regional network in the south western United States. That's Nevada. That's Arizona. That's New Mexico. That's Utah. That's Colorado or Wyoming, one of the square ones. Calling it a patent thicket is more than a slight understatement. And it's not just patents, of course, it's copyright, trademarks, even trade secrets. 

Here's one that came out a few weeks ago - I've actually got the screen capture - trademark for pi. (Poulsen, 2014) Yes, pi, the pi that you're all familiar with, 3.141 whatever. A colleague memorized it to 100 digits. I've memorized it to, what, one. 

This is not simply an isolated instance. It's the norm. It's a phenomenon that took place in the industrial revolution. It's a phenomenon taking place in the information revolution. It's a phenomenon of enclosure. You would think we learned from the last time, but we didn't. And it threatens the commons, the common heritage, common knowledge, common culture that we all thought that we own."

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

A must-read, IOHO. This is only one of many issues examined in this first of three talks which run as a series. Downes is examining "not the problem MOOCs solve at the moment but the problem MOOCs were designed to solve." Since Downes was instrumental in developing the concept of a MOOC, his insights are both clear and from a POV unfamiliar to many higher education leaders.

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Deans and Provosts Provide Leadership Through Changing Times—Advice

Deans and Provosts Provide Leadership Through Changing Times—Advice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"If you’re a dean or provost, managing change is a big part of your job. And it’s likely to become an increasingly important skill.


'Change is not going to be a once-in-a-while thing. It’s going to be the order of the day moving forward,' said Benjamin Akande, dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University.

'The only person who likes change is a wet baby,' Akande said. But change is not a bad thing. 'It’s an opportunity to reevaluate,' he said."

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

Dean & Provost's advisory board members share strategies for managing change.

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SCUP is looking for a new CEO, in a new kind of role. Could it be you?

As SCUP embarks on its 50th anniversary, the organization is well poised to build upon a rich history and strengthen its brand and service to the higher education community and beyond. The President will work closely with the Board of Directors during this exciting time to establish a refreshed strategic direction that is visionary and results in the enhancement and diversification of SCUPs portfolio of products and services. The President will build strong relationships with leaders across higher education to articulate SCUPs enhanced value and to expand membership. ...


The ideal candidate will be a leader with at least 10 years of senior-level leadership and management experience within higher education or a membership society.  Candidates with other relevant corporate or nonprofit experience will also be considered.  S/he must be a visionary and innovative thinker to support SCUP’s continued relevance and growth. 

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

With this position, the society enhances its governance and leadership evolution by seeking a new kind of staff head, a president with a great deal of external focus, among other things.

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Academic Leaders: Implications for Administrators and Faculty

Cultivating the Next Generation of Academic Leaders: Implications for Administrators and Faculty | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There is a fair amount of skepticism on the part of faculty, particularly successful faculty, about the value of academic leadership."


-Faculty Member


"We are really questioning the idea of protecting junior faculty from service… Strategically, we need to give people opportunities to show leadership and to develop their skills."


-Administrator

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

With many baby boomers preparing to retire, higher education is facing an anticipated shortage of academic administrators. Compounding this challenge, many mid-career faculty are reluctant to fill these important positions, concerned that academic leadership is incompatible with work-life balance, that it detracts from their commitments to research and teaching, and that it is tantamount to "going to the dark side." Further, administrative roles have become more complex over the past decade due to increased regulatory requirements and budget constraints.

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Why I Am Dropping Out of Administration

Why I Am Dropping Out of Administration | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I've come to several conclusions about working in administration:

 

  • Leading faculty members is not at all like running a business. It's about creating an atmosphere that allows faculty members to accomplish their goals and dreams. Some administrators fail to understand that.
  • Some faculty members are simply hard-wired to disagree with administrators. ...
  • Depending on what your administrative job is, you might be spending most of your time dealing with complaints. ...
  • As an administrator, you're never truly off duty. ...
  • While people often seek administrative posts because they see themselves as leaders, much of the day-to-day job is not really about leading. Instead, it is often about signing documents, approving travel requests, vetting adjuncts, writing evaluations, sending thank-you notes, creating committees. ...
  • Oddly, some administrative work is unavailable once you become an administrator. ... As a full-time administrator, however, I don't sit on any "faculty" committees. It seems a little ironic to me that once I step down from administration, I'll be eligible to do more committee work at the university level than I can do now.
  • The work of administration can be lonely."
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Complex.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 20, 2013 11:10 AM

This higher education focused post has relevance to anyone in a professional position who considers or has been in an administrative role.    

The role of a department or shared services business manager may be highlighted by the author's view that it isn't like running a business.  With higher education pressures today, that could be a serious omission.  ~  Deb

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Augustana retreat an exercise in collective governance | Inside Higher Ed

Augustana College president Steven C. Bahls raninto a thorny hedge with his first strategic plan, but has since done leading edge work in the area. Kevin Kiley pictures the governance preparation at Augustana as it prepares for another strategic planning process. In the process he examines shared governance issues from a number of perspectives. Definitely worth a read. ipeds143084

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