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Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square Is Restored to Its Modern Glory #scup49

Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square Is Restored to Its Modern Glory #scup49 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square, an icon of mid-century Modern design,  has been finally restored after a six-year process. A precursor to today’s trendy green roof movement, the plaza was the first in ...


You can register on line until July 7 for higher ed's premier planning event, SCUP–49, "Plan for Transformation in Higher Education." 

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Register now to join 1,500+ peers and colleagues who plan for the future of higher education—and take in Mellon Square while you're there, July 12–16 #scup49

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Reimagining the Undergraduate Experience: 4 Provocative Ideas

Reimagining the Undergraduate Experience: 4 Provocative Ideas | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Four broad provocations emerged:


The “open loop” university. I mentioned this idea, which imagines the college experience as a series of “loops” over a lifetime, in my column last week. This plan would admit students at 18 but give them six years of access to residential learning opportunities, to use anytime in their life. It would allow alumni to return mid-career for professional development and new students to get real-life work experience.

Paced education. This abolishes the class year and replaces it with adaptive, personalized learning that allows students to move through phases of learning at their own pace. The goal is to help students make better choices about what they want to study and understand their own learning style.

Axis flip. Rather than traditional academic disciplines, the curriculum would be organized around common and transferable skills that could be used over the course of a lifetime. Schools and departments would be reorganized around “competency hubs” so that there would be deans of scientific analysis, quantitative reasoning, moral and ethical reasoning, communication effectiveness, among others.

Purpose learning. Instead of majors, students would declare a “mission” to help them find meaning and purpose behind their studies.

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

Jeff Selingo will speak Tuesday, July 15, at SCUP–49 in Pittsburgh. Register by July 7 or register on site.

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Sayward Henry's curator insight, July 1, 5:06 AM

My Two favorites here are the Purpose Learning and the Open Loop ideas.  Wow, how empoering would it be for students to feel a self driven purpose for being in school beyong 'getting a job' or because it's the middle class thing to do after high school?

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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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Why elites hate it when you say giant student debts aren’t the problem

Why elites hate it when you say giant student debts aren’t the problem | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Today’s piece by David Leonhardt in The New York Times’ "Upshot" pulls apart the recent framing of the student-debt disaster story that dominates the national narrative on college borrowing costs. We agree. (Well, I guess, just me.) In fact, I wrote a similar story back in the spring, saying that the US student debt story isn’t as scary as everybody thinks.


People hate hearing this."

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What do you think? "But the truth is, if you managed to rack up giant student debt loads, that’s likely because you’ve undertaken—and finished—the kind of extensive education that enables you to earn a good salary over time. And while it’s a drag to have to pay your loans, it’s really not a problem for society at large.

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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."

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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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Shocking Secrets Revealed! What Big Libraries Pay for Big Deals

"Finally we’re seeing the fruits of FOIAs in a new article recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Though it’s not open access yet, there’s coverage in The Guardian and supplementary tables are freely accessible.) The study demonstrates two things: first, non-profit publishers don’t gouge libraries nearly as much as for-profit publishers do (though bear in mind that a great many non-profit scholarly organizations outsource their publishing to for-profit giants and are therefore part of the problem). And second, the differences in pricing among schools are huge and difficult to justify. Are some librarians just better at negotiating? Are some reps soft touches? What factors are used in making these calculations?"

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Grand Vision for Cincinatti Uptown Revealed

Grand Vision for Cincinatti Uptown Revealed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"We're excited for this project to get underway because it is the icing on the cake to an even further enhanced Uptown," said Greg Vehr, University of Cincinnati spokesman. "It bodes well from an economic development standpoint and in terms of access to the hospitals, especially in life-saving situations. It is something that Cincinnatians have deserved for some time."

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Nice, interactive image with a left-right slider to see the "now" and then the plan replace each other.  [nc]

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Master Plan - UT Brownsville

Master Plan - UT Brownsville | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The University of Texas at Brownsville is embarking on the most important transformation in its history. In anticipation of the separation of University of Texas Brownsville (UTB) from Texas Southmost College, Public Architecture invited CannonDesign, through its Open Hand Studio, to participate in a Ford Foundation-funded workshop in Brownsville to explore potential synergies between the university and the city. CannonDesign led the workshop’s knowledge-community and urban-design tracks, both attended by Brownsville’s mayor and UTB’s president. Based on the resulting report, the UT system commissioned Cannon Design to provide planning and design services for UTB’s new campus, including site selection, visioning, academic programming, master planning, and design for the first buildings.

 

UTB draws upon the intersection of cultures and languages at the Southern border and Gulf Coast of the United States to develop knowledgeable citizens and emerging leaders who are engaged in the civic life of their community. It embraces teaching excellence, active inquiry, lifelong learning,rigorous scholarship and research in service to the common good. The university promotes the interdisciplinary search for new knowledge that advances social and physical well-being and economic development through commercialization while honoring the creative and environmental heritage of its region. Guided by visionary leadership and inspired by the hopes and spirit of the people it serves, UTB will become a model institution for the 21st century.

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Sponsored content. [so]

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Selective Admissions to Community Colleges?

"In my darker moments, I wonder if community colleges are too egalitarian, or utopian, for a culture that has forgotten that a significant middle class is a human construct, rather than a natural law. I’d be up for a principled moral argument about whether we want a political economy that’s more like Sweden or more like Brazil. Let’s have that argument, and have it honestly.  But let’s not pretend that protecting the poor from their own ambition is for their own good. It isn’t. They know better. That’s why they’re here."

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Perspectives on the College Cost Crisis—Two Book Reviews In One

A review of:


Stretching the Higher Education Dollar: How Innovation Can Improve Access, Equity, and Affordability. Edited by Andrew P. Kelly and Kevin Carey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2013. 272 pages. $60.00 Cloth; $29.95 Paper.


The Checklist for Change: Making American Higher Education a Sustainable Enterprise, by Robert Zemsky. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013. 240 pages. $27.95 Cloth; $27.95 Web PDF. E-Book version available.

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

Mary Taylor Huber concludes: "Kelly and Carey's edited collection will appeal more to those who find promise and excitement in the largely off-campus world of new educational entrepreneurs. Zemsky's book, though far from a warm embrace, will be more persuasive to those who love our campuses and would like to see them improved and sustained."

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Will Unizin be a game changer for higher ed?

Will Unizin be a game changer for higher ed? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The coalition of universities could shake up online learning, textbook publishing, learning software, and other intellectual property created and used by higher ed institutions.
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According to Unizin’s founders, a key goal of the project is to ensure that universities and their faculty stay in control of content they create, collectively owning the infrastructure that will deliver that content both on and off campuses. Another goal is to use open-standards software to create interoperability and to help scale digital education.


Unizin member schools will have access to services for sharing course content and analyzing how effective the teaching is for that content.

In a blog announcing their ambitions, co-founders Brad Wheeler, CIO and business school professor at Indiana University, and James Hilton, vice provost for digital education initiatives and information professor at the University of Michigan, pointed to lessons learned when universities failed to control their content.


“Research universities largely left the publication of journals to others, and that has not worked out well,” Hilton and Wheeler wrote. “We now pay an escalating, collective billions to rent the right to read our own scholarship each year.”

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Create spaces that support learning goals

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The University of Florida has added two spaces that enable much greater flexibility for faculty members who want their classes to include high levels of student interaction and incorporate technology.
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"If the spaces your institution offers limit professors’ ability to teach, consider whether it’s time to create alternatives.

UF has added two spaces that enable much greater flexibility for faculty members who want their classes to include high levels of student interaction and incorporate technology. In the media:scape LearnLab, located in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, students sit together at tables. They have access to monitors, floor-to-ceiling magnetic whiteboards, short-throw projectors, and an interactive whiteboard. media:scape LearnLab is a package designed by Steelcase available for higher education institutions."

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Innovative Approaches to Reducing Costs and Enhancing Institutional Effectiveness

Innovative Approaches to Reducing Costs and Enhancing Institutional Effectiveness | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Today, senior leadership, planners, and institutional researchers are tasked with doing more with fewer financial resources. Utilizing data from the Higher Education Consortia, this session will explore innovative approaches for integrating data systems and institutional research into the planning process in order to improve unit and institutional effectiveness. It will offer best practices and innovative strategies from the consortia’s nearly 200 member institutions on how to align data systems and transform institutional research practices into measurable and actionable cost data that can be benchmarked for facilitating unit and institutional improvement.

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3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake

3 Trends Are About To Create A Higher-Education Earthquake | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Higher education has remained pretty much the same for hundreds of years, but that may be about to change.
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"Since the first wave of massive online courses launched in 2012, a backlash has focused on their failures and commercial uncertainties. Yet if critics think they are immune to the march of the MOOC, they are almost certainly wrong. Whereas online courses can quickly adjust their content and delivery mechanisms, universities are up against serious cost and efficiency problems, with little chance of taking more from the public purse."

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The Tree House at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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"The residence hall’s design and engineering decisions were made with solar orientation in mind.Windows on the tower’s north sides provide light favorable to artists’ work and fewer windows on the south side help reduce heat. The windows are operable and the school employs an electronic system that lets students know when it’s advisable to open or close them."

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Don’t miss the informative report from the 2014 jurors at SCUP–49 in Pittsburgh. Register by July 7 or register on site. Their session is Monday, July 14, at 3 pm. Presenting jurors include: Cathrine D. Blake, Associate Director, University Landscape Architect, Stanford University; Philip Freelon, President, The Freelon Group, Inc.; James R. Miller, University Architect, Johns Hopkins University; Jane Wright, Architect, President & Chief     [na]

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Ebooks v paper - FT.com

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Choosing books to take on holiday has got more difficult in recent years. Now it is a question not just of what to read but how – on paper, tablet, e-reader, or perhaps even a phone – and people have strong opinions on which is best. But is there
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"[T]he joined-up environment of the web encourages people to make connections and work things out, while straightforward reading encourages them to take in what’s on the page in front of them. Hence the prevalence of hyperlinks and multiple windows on computers could be seen as creating either unwelcome distraction or more opportunities for active learning." [more]

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Is There a There There? Online Education and the Future of the Campus

Is There a There There? Online Education and the Future of the Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A Planning Interview with the author of Is There a There There? Online Education and ArchitectureX, from Planning for Higher Education, v42n3 April--May 20...
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Live today at 10 am Eastern.

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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.
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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 25, 10:06 PM

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

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'We should count ourselves lucky that Amazon (and Google and Apple and Microsoft etc.) don’t seem to be prioritizing higher ed'

"There is little evidence that companies, particularly tech companies, have done much of anything positive to advance learning. How much money has been diverted to buying hardware or software that could have been spent directly on educators and students?"

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"They understand that most of the people living in emerging economies will need to leapfrog past the traditional campus based system."

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Let's Make Sticky Streets for People!

Let's Make Sticky Streets for People! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[W]hen you see streets as people-places, those things that slow down a pedestrian’s pace may be the very things that make a street great. Things like patios, food carts or trucks combined with attractive seating, street performers, or just really lively store windows that draw a crowd, all contribute to making a street more "sticky." And by that, I don't mean gum on the sidewalk! A street is sticky if as you move along it, you're constantly enticed to slow down, stop and linger to enjoy the public life around you."

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

Nice. Several sessions in Pittsburgh next month at SCUP–49 will address transportation, pedestrian movement, wayfinding, and place "stickiness." Come and join 1,500+ peers and colleagues at higher ed's premier planning conference. It's not too late!

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Press Release: Campus Technology Announces 2014 Innovators Award Honorees -- Campus Technology

Press Release: Campus Technology Announces 2014 Innovators Award Honorees -- Campus Technology | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Campus Technology officially announces the winners of its 10th annual Innovators Awards. This year, 11 honorees were selected in six categories out of 215 nominations submitted from outstanding higher education institutions around the globe.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A lot of integrative planning involved with these accomplishments:

  • A multi-institutional effort to develop predictive analytics for student success and link interventions to specific risk factors.
  • A full-service center offering efficient, accessible e-text, Braille, assistive technology and captioning to postsecondary institutions.
  • Open source software that integrates previously siloed administrative functions such as degree audit and articulation, student lifecycle and recruitment, registration and advising.
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Tough Love—Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges

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The proposal’s metrics are similar to those that the Obama administration has floated as possible standards for the college ratings system it is currently developing. But instead of universal ratings, the Education Trust paper calls for a focus on the worst-performing institutions in each category.


“We support the president’s college ratings proposal in concept,” Dannenberg said in an interview. But, he said, it’s a challenge figuring out how to do that accurately.

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Can Community Colleges Continue to Do More With Less?

Can Community Colleges Continue to Do More With Less? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In Short

  • Cost-cutting policies have hurt community college student outcomes and weakened the capacity of those colleges to produce returns to students and taxpayers.

  • Many colleges are instituting reforms to help more students graduate with useful credentials. While these lower the cost per completion (and thus increase college efficiency), they increase expenditures per student.

  • The emphasis of policy and practice moving forward should be on improving efficiency: the cost per completion of a high-quality credential.

  • The quality of that credential can be monitored in part by tracking graduates' employment, income, and further education.

  • But such monitoring should not be used to rank colleges, which operate under differing local circumstances."

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South Dakota campus construction projects advance

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The growth and construction at South Dakota universities reflects two of the schools' recent ascent to NCAA Division I athletics status and the Board of Regents' 10-year plan, said Board
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The Cost of Universal Knowledge Access - Journal Subscriptions More Expensive than Russion Defense Budget?

"The cost of providing everyone in this country with access to just one major academic publisher’s portfolio would be equal to the size of Russia’s defense budget. Add in Springer, Wiley, and others and maybe we start getting close to half trillion.


Knowledge ain’t cheap! But when the cost of journal subscriptions is more than we pay for bombs, tanks, missiles, guns, fighter jets, ships, and so forth… that’s when you that something’s not right."

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