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Northwestern University athletes won their case before the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday and were ruled to be employees eligible to form a union.The win on March 26 effectively …
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Museums are preparing for the eventual passing of the baton from the baby boom generation, which has long been the lifeblood of giving and boardroom leadership.
These are the wealthy ones, but even they think and may behave very different as they mature. And it's not just museums.
Generational change is always occurring as new blood takes the place of the old. But as the boomers’ children take over, there is concern among administrators and trustees that millennials are not poised to meet the financial and leadership demands of increasingly complex — and expensive — museums.
“We’re not just talking about replacing one generation with another generation,” said Kaywin Feldman, director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. “We’re talking about a new generation that behaves so differently than the last one.”
"In 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour’s worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal."
And the cheaper light gets, the more light we use. Maybe that's a good thing for higher education:
Many of the first treatises denying the existence of ghosts and witches came from larger cities in the Netherlands and England, which featured some of the earliest and most extensive street lighting in Europe.
The University of Chicago has been trying to stand out from its elite rivals and is doing so in one category: amassing debt. That’s put its credit rating at risk.
“Their view is that this is a time for us to make a lot more headway than we would during the regular arms race,” said Fred Prager, founding partner of San Francisco-based investment bank Prager & Co., the university’s financial adviser. “The money is going to the programmatic strengths.”
In the current issue of Change magazine, the editor issues a call for crowdsourcing a future novel about higher education set in 2044. We bet that SCUPers could bring some dense and thoughtful insights to the scenario she is developing.
In this editorial, I'm going to depart from my habit of pulling together the articles in an issue to muse about the setting for a science-fiction novel. So let's do some crowdsourcing here: To make the setting as dense and realistic as possible, I'd like you to provide suggestions for additional features of the landscape.
The novel is set in 2044. Clio, my hero (she's way too plucky to be called a heroine) is 25 years old-that is, in late adolescence-and she's decided, after an intensive two-year internship in Nicaragua, to move on to the next stage of her life.
So here are the kind of advanced learning and credentialing opportunities that are open to her, so that she can maximize her chances of a prosperous and satisfying adulthood.
The residential colleges and universities that still remain (many closed in the aftermath of the Really Great Recession of 2022) look much the same as they did at the beginning of the century. They provide the scions of the Onepercenters with a safe haven for consolidating the social bonds of their global network. They also offer a few Managers and Workers of exceptional ability (identified by their Coaches-see below) the opportunity to enter the Onepercenter clubhouse by acquiring the requisite social capital-a strategy that both maintains the myth of equal opportunity and infuses the Onepercenter community with a certain hybrid vigor.
We're thinking that there are many SCUP members who might find this a unique opportunity.
"Vancouverism" is synonymous with tower-podium architecture, green space, and breathtaking views. But the city's development process is sometimes overlooked.
Vancouver is the site of the Society for College and University Planning's 2016 annual, international conference. [PA]
"Imagine a weekly experience framed up by a cross-partisan array of educators and parents in which young people at the age of 14 or 15 would spend a year in guided learning about the values ... and hard skills of citizenship in America. Instead of shying away from the controversial stuff, in the way that tentative public schools have, it would lean right into the arguments. Indeed, it would present American civic identity as a series of arguments over the meaning, application and priority of principles like freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity.
There could also be elements of service and contribution, in the same way that in most religious rites of passage young people have to prove through good works that they have absorbed the lessons."
Maybe. This is, we think, more cogent:
The latest Pew survey, released last week, tells us that Millennials are as pigeonhole-resistant as ever: individualistic yet networked, socially liberal yet mistrustful of others, pessimistic about the economy yet optimistic about the future.
Overlooked in most dissections of these findings, though, was a cruel fact: young people aren’t so young anymore. The Pew report was titled “Millennials in Adulthood,” and the cohort we once imagined as helicopter-parented kids now ranges from 18 to 33. That means not only that this massive generation is growing up but also that a new as-yet-unbranded generation of truly young folks is arriving.
Alex Usher looks at trends affecting post-secondary education around the globe, including changes in public finance, demographics and technology. In addition to showing how these forces will create very specific friction points in terms of institutional enrolment and income patterns, He uses these medium-term projections as a base from which to show how different public policy scenarios may evolve over time. Finally, he looks at what strategies institutions can adopt and show how to stress-test these strategies against different possible scenarios. The result will is a thorough examination of the likeliest areas of opportunity for institutions wishing to grow over the coming decades.
A different perspective on program prioritization.
Robert Dickeson worked with the 50-year-old university for two years. "The best Canadian example is the University of Guelph,” he said in a phone interview.
"They were in good shape financially but they could see the handwriting on the wall. They could anticipate that there might be cuts or there might be problems or there might be issues if the same old funding formulas rocked along and there were changes in the demographics,” Dickeson said. ... The University of Guelph did everything right, according to Dickeson.
Dickeson will be joining other SCUPers in Pittsburgh in July for SCUP–49, Plan for Transformation of Higher Ed. [NC]
try to do the best you can is better because this can help you to do everything easy
Join 1,500+ peers, colleagues, and other experts for higher education's premier planning event. [PA]
Those who once said that digital badges are great ‘supplements’ to a traditional degree are now argue that digital badges are a better alternative.
Some good thoughts and links here. Recommended by Jim Morrisson.
"Tech columnist David Pogue addresses how disruptive technology is changing our lives at the CoSN conference. ...
Moving on to students, Pogue reinforced what most educators already know: Communication has to be made in real time through social media and texting. Many students don't use the traditional forms of communications that adults do, such as email and landline phones."
A series of informative tweets: "He touched on student data privacy as well. When the requested data is anonymous and in aggregate form, students don't mind providing it to receive a service, such as traffic patterns on a map. But they draw the line when someone gathers data attached to their name."
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.
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.
Learn how to turn your goals for increased collaboration into realities by building new interdisciplinary-focused facilities.
In this one-day program, representatives from campuses and their designers from throughout the Heartland region will share examples of these kinds of projects. From medical, dental, and allied health education to digital libraries and campus learning commons to regional startup initiatives that focus on developing new entrepreneurs, you will hear and learn about how they turned goals for increased collaboration into realities in these new interdisciplinary-focused facilities. The program will conclude with tours of several new buildings on the UMKC campus, including the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Miller Nichols Library, and The Student Union.
Probably the most important information for higher education planners this week was the Obama administration’s new set of rules for career education programs. Aimed, as Michael Stratford puts it, “mostly at for-profit colleges [it] is, in some ways, just the latest flashpoint in a years-long battle with the controversial sector of higher education. Or is it? “[I]n a sign of how contentious and charged the coming months may be, the only thing that all sides agreed on Friday was just how much they didn’t like the administration’s proposal.”
Here are five takes on the proposed rules:
Proposal Sets Stage for Gainful Fight, Inside Higher Ed
State Attorneys General Open New Investigations Into For-Profit Colleges, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Obama Administration Takes Action to Protect Americans from Predatory, Poor-Performing Career Colleges, Ed.gov
For-Profit Schools Face New Default Rules, The New York Times
Administration Plan Would Rein In For-Profit Colleges, The Wall Street Journal
A personal story.
Learn how higher education institutions across the Carolinasare rethinking their priorities and potential funding sources.
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Sporadic enrollment growth, dwindling resources, and increased pressure for efficiency have caused campuses to rethink their priorities and potential funding sources.
Join your colleagues at Winston-Salem State University where you'll meet a cross-section of stakeholders from colleges and universities and design organizations who believe in and practice integrated planning.
You'll share in these timely and intriguing discussions about:
To finish the day, a guided walking tour will be conducted of the recently renovated Student Success Center and other recent projects on campus.
How can a nonprofit learning organization get ahead of this?
Drawing on Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial and economic shifts the country has seen in a century.
How will teaching and learning in the early 21st century differ from its 20th century predecessor? Some shifts are already well underway. These include the growing embrace of open educational resources and of courses collaboratively designed and developed by teams including content area specialists, educational technologists, and instructional designers. Peer mentoring and grading are becoming more common, as is a gradual shift toward learner-centered pedagogies and competency-based, outcomes-oriented approaches.
Alongside these developments are five far-reaching developments.
1. A 21st century education will be geared toward 100 percent proficiency.
2. It will rest on the science of learning.
3. It will be data-driven.
4. It will be personalized.
5. It will take advantage of technology in ways that truly enhance the learning experience.
The section on "the science of learning" demonstrates a lot of learning going on right now about learning. The author, Steven Mintz is the executive director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning and a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.