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Udacity Blog: Announcing nanodegrees: a new type of credential for a modern workforce

Udacity Blog: Announcing nanodegrees: a new type of credential for a modern workforce | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Udacity teamed with AT&T to launch nanodegrees: compact, flexible, job-focused credentials that are stackable throughout the student’s career. Nanodegrees are intended for working students and designed to be completed in 6-12 months. Udacity is now piloting the first nanodegree—front-end web developer.

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Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation

Community College Students Face a Very Long Road to Graduation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Vladimir de Jesus’s story highlights the conundrum of community colleges—students with the most barriers to graduation (competing obligations and complex needs) are enrolled in institutions that are frequently underfunded and struggle to provide the kind of integrated support their students need.

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The rise of the global university

In 2011, 4.3 million students enrolled in higher education outside of their home country. Population and economic growth in India, China, and Africa, along with worldwide technological changes in education delivery, mean more students than ever will study "abroad" (even if they never leave their house).

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Essay by Janet Napolitano on her first year as president of University of California

Essay by Janet Napolitano on her first year as president of University of California | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“On my first day at the university…I said that I faced a steep learning curve, and my first job was to climb it.” Janet Napolitano, no stranger to complex organizations, reflects on her first year as president of the University of California system.

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Building the University of the Future

Building the University of the Future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This article and video features Georgetown University's Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis's perspective on emphasizing "cloud, social, mobile", "the internet of things", and delivering technology from "a single plane of glass".

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"Dimensional" Admissions

Asking them to create a portrait of what they would bring to the college community, Bennington College now allows applicants to create their own application portfolio—high school transcript optional.

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Higher Education's Six Sigma

Higher Education's Six Sigma | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This Gallup survey of college graduates identifies six crucial elements of the college experience that strongly correlate to long-term success and wellbeing. The key? Make students feel supported and engage them in experiential and deep learning.

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Op-ed: Change Is Critical to the Future of Higher Education

Op-ed: Change Is Critical to the Future of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This short essay by Western Governor's University President Robert Mendenhall stresses accountability and affordability, access and agility, and how competency-based education requires fundamental change.

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Asian universities take top five spots in list of top 50 universities under 50

Asian universities take top five spots in list of top 50 universities under 50 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Is there such a thing as a start-up university? In the glut of rankings, this one looks internationally at the best universities founded in the last 50 years. Are these younger institutions able to do things quicker and better than the more established elites?

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Workspaces That Move People

Workspaces That Move People | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Data supports it—workspaces that encourage employees to "collide" improve performance. This has all sorts of potential for higher ed—nurturing cross-boundary faculty interactions, preparing students for the work environments of the future, and maximizing chance encounters between campus staff.

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The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education

The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Higher education’s move to the digital environment was supposed to make it more open and accessible. Instead, digital environments are increasingly closed, offline, and gated. This article calls for “research and teaching in the open web” and building “highly integrated and open networks of scholarship,” ultimately shifting the “terms of digital engagement.”

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Increasing Number Of College And University Leaders Concerned About Maintaining Student Enrollment

KPMG’s annual survey of higher education leaders reveals concerns: shrinking enrollments, the pace of technological change, and how their organizations can transform to improve educational delivery.

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Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic

Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How committed are US elite colleges to socioeconomic diversity? The New York Times uses a new measure to reveal the answer—not very—and suggests two public policy moves that would increase access to college, regardless of endowment size.

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How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

During an arts festival in New York, people willingly divulged personal information—including fingerprints and partial Social Security numbers—for a free cookie. Despite recent security breaches, our society remains lax on keeping data private.

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James Young's comment, October 7, 7:52 AM
great article. thanks for posting!
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Department Awards $75 Million in "First in the World" Grants to 24 Colleges and Universities

Department Awards $75 Million in "First in the World" Grants to 24 Colleges and Universities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

President Obama's grant competition has three priorities—college access and completion, STEM enrollment and completion, and reduced time to completion. Innovations include: new project-based majors that allow for self-pacing and acceleration and an online experience for adult students that incorporates virtual learning communities and wraparound coaching.

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Google's University Street View Puts a New Spin on Virtual Campus Tours

Google's University Street View Puts a New Spin on Virtual Campus Tours | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Virtual campus tours are becoming more common thanks to Google and sites like CampusTours and YouVisit.

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Exploring the Google Glass UX

After developing apps for Google Glass, user experience (UX) designers have a better idea of Glass's strengths and opportunities—in particular, brief usage scenarios that deliver info relevant to the user's immediate context. The wearable holds great promise for industry and education.

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Managing Competency-Based Learning

Managing Competency-Based Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Southern New Hampshire University is spinning off the custom learning management system it built around competency-based education. The system stresses data, analytics, and relationship management.

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Start Up, Slow Down

Start Up,  Slow Down | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Excellent insight into the blurring line between academic research, the licensing of patentable ideas, and going to market as a start-up. Should entrepreneurial students focus on school and let opportunities pass or risk dropping out while trying to launch a potentially lucrative invention?

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College of Tomorrow - US News

College of Tomorrow - US News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In their special report "College of Tomorrow," U.S. News & World Report looks at how colleges and universities are adapting as demographics, the economy, and technology change the landscape of higher education.

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Donna Bryan's curator insight, September 29, 12:58 PM

Interesting read and sharing

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The Upside of Strategic Discipline

Discipline is an often-overlooked determining factor in successful strategic initiatives. This study of how small private liberal arts colleges reacted to the recent recession reveals that discipline is central to long-term sustainable innovation.

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EvoLLLution Symposium on Higher Ed and the Workforce

This Stanford University symposium brought together Google, UCLA, and UC San Diego to stress the importance of bridging the goals of higher education and industry. Passive pipelines aren't sufficient to meet the needs of a 21st century economy; workforce readiness requires agile lifelong learning.

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Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next

Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This short video discusses four big trends in higher education learning: analytics designed to foster engagement, second screen content consumption, open badges, and digital publishing. 

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An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu

An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Going to EDUCAUSE 2014 next week? Don't miss SCUP's very own chief learning officer, James Young, presenting with his former Lehigh University colleagues on big data storage strategy!

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Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News

Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Digital badges hold promise to assess and track the skills and competencies that cross-cut learning. At this early stage, though, many questions remain unanswered. A recently released report uses scenario planning (matching badge-design approaches with potential badge uses) to identify nine key issues to consider as the badge movement grows. 

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