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The fate of City College of San Francisco, one of the nation's largest community colleges, rests largely on a state-appointed trustee named Robert Agrella.
This is a Wall Street Journal article centered on the state-appointed trustee, Robert Agrella, a former community cllege president.
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Backed by $2-million from Mellon, Ms. Cuff and her colleagues are essentially trying to start a small urban-humanities department, which will offer certificates to graduate students. So far, the students hail from history, architecture, urban planning, public policy, philosophy, and geography, among other fields.
"We're all people who are interested in urban issues but are dissatisfied with our own discipline's ability to grapple with those issues," says Jonathan Crisman, project director and a core faculty member in the Urban Humanities Initiative.
Thanks to SCUPer Gerry McLaughlin of DePaul University for sharing this, which is of great interest to SCUP members: "The foundation expects to invest up to $15-million in the initial round of projects, which will bring humanities scholars and architects together."
Many U.S. private colleges and universities are responding to declining enrollments with closures, layoffs, cutbacks, mergers and new recruitment strategies.
From 2010 through 2012, freshman enrollment at more than a quarter of U.S. private four-year schools declined 10% or more, according to federal data The Wall Street Journal analyzed. From 2006 through 2009, fewer than one in five experienced a similar decline.
Pioneering online upstarts are trying to transform higher education with things like programs intended to make college more affordable and those that dispense with the credit hour and classroom time with a professor in favor of self-paced online...
Anya Kamenetz writes about these pioneering programs in Education Life, The Times’s quarterly magazine about higher education. It’s part of a package of articles that highlight online experiments, including UniversityNow, Minerva and University of the People – intended to make college more affordable as well as more convenient by tapping into web-based technology.
Disruptive new models have parents as well as prospective students looking and reconsidering. More bloggers are writing about the problems with large education debt (bankrupcy exempt.) Economic cycles threaten to turn higher education into high priced vocational schools.
Join hundreds of peer and colleagues in the region's premier planning event of 2014. "The conference theme encourages presentation and discussion of innovative ways to bring these four areas of institutional planning together to ensure better adherence to the strategic campus mission and project goals, and to “Mind the Gap” by creating better planning outcomes."
There is no better event in the North Atlantic area. This is the premier planning event in the region.
The Question of the Continued Relevance of the American College Campus by Charles Warner Oakley© Upon reading a recent piece entitled Campus Forever? by Michael Haggans in his blog Campus Matters, ...
Very good read which has stimulated a thoughtful conversation on CampusMatters.net.
Understood that, in this human world, forever is probably not achievable, to me the question becomes: “Can any particular campus last a very long time into the future?” This makes me want to take a look at the past for some guidance on the possibilities. In considering the continuing existence of any particular college campus – as a college campus – the continued existence of the institutions themselves is obviously a threshold issue.
In this article— Built Environments Impact Behaviors: Results of an Active Learning Post-Occupancy Evaluation —fresh results from research show that rigorous…
Non-members can download this article from SCUP through November 15 only. On Friday, November 15 at 2 pm Eastern, two of the authors and other guests will discuss this research and its implications live in the SCUP Mojo. This Learning Environments Roundtable is where additional information will be posted. Please join it to receive updates.
Built environment effects behaviours
"Wouldn't it make more sense for the long-term credibility, integrity, and relevance of colleges and universities to get on the right side of history and exercise their influence to help accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy and stave off runaway climate change? We all know the next five to ten years are critical, and the faster we move towards a more efficient, greener energy regime, the better off we all will be. Why shouldn't higher education make achieving this new order its top priority? If not, the complicity of colleges and universities in the onset of a catastrophic climate regime will be to their everlasting shame, at the very least equaling the long shadow cast by their involvement in American slavery."
From the Sustainability Sumo.
Colleges instead will be ranked in terms of access, graduation rate and affordability, but educators remain unclear about how the system will work.
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My hypothesis is that the ability to collaborate with a learning designer is the single most important determinant of faculty successfully integrating technology into their teaching.
The author asks some good questions, such as:
How are learning designers distributed on campus? Central IT units or in individual schools or departments?Beyond levels (the number of learning designers), what are the trends in hiring? How quickly are learning designers being recruited to campus? Where is the rate of learning design hiring the fastest? Is there an adequate supply of trained learning designers to meet demand? Are we seeing salaries go up for learning designers based on a growth in demand (and the fact that learning designers can work in academia or industry?)How is this new platoon (or trickle - I don’t know) of learning designers being paid for? Are campuses shifting resources from system admins (as more platforms are rented from the cloud rather than provisioned locally), or does the hiring of learning designers require new resources? Are elements of the existing campus workforce being re-trained to accomplish tasks that we would recognize as those that a learning designer would specialize in?
Reuters | August 6, 2013By Parag Khanna and Greg LindsayWhich cities will have the luck, the foresight and the resilience to cope...
Good overview from a very macrosopic perspective. Khanna is a former SCUP annual conference keynote speaker.
"With public hearings beginning today, the Obama administration is moving forward with its plan for a new college ratings system–despite significant data limitations. In this post, Matt Chingos suggests that a plan for collecting better and more complete data on students' academic preparation and post-graduation outcomes might contribute more to higher education policy than the new ratings system."
This point of view provides new angles at which to look at the proposed college ratings and higher ed data.
An important and potentially useful study.
It might be hard, but academics can be reintegrated into society!
We like this paragraph:
"Admittedly, the folks I know with Master’s and Doctorate degrees are uniformly unemployed or underemployed. The problem facing PhDs on the outside is all those false notions they and others have about life on the inside. The “ivory tower” cliché is mostly tripe; yeah, they’re a bit weird at times, but academics are professionals like any other and not precious eccentrics unfit for normal life. Too many of them leave the profession with a false notion that they can’t do anything else, forgetting they’ve spent years learning how to conduct research, solve problems, analyze complex systems, communicate powerfully and effectively, edit documents, complete large-scale tasks, motivate others, and think seriously in a focused way through issues that have baffled others before them. In other words, they’d be an asset to most large organizations. Conversely, those companies tend to be fairly myopic when it comes to who and what skills to exploit and how. What is needed, it seems, are headhunters who specialize in making academics into productive members of society. No egghead left behind!"
Towns Luring Back Their Townies
Prototypes: Cleveland, Ohio Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Albuquerque, New Mexico
Countless trend stories have been written about young, ambitious people flocking to Detroit because it’s cheaper and in need of fresh ideas. But smaller post-industrial cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh (and its neighboring suburb, Braddock) aren’t under the same spotlight, and most of the young people taking advantage of their virtues are natives. They’ve been there along, reasoning that the economy was too precarious for them to take a risk in a bigger city where had far fewer connections. Or they’ve returned after college or a disappointing stint in a major metropolis, realizing that they need their hometown just as much as their hometown needs them. Albuquerque has been retaining some of its natives, too, especially those who initially flocked to super-pricey California and realized that their quieter, cheaper hometown was the ideal place to ride out the recession.
SCUP–49, July 2014 is in Pittsburgh.
For decades, the community-college sector expanded almost automatically as it helped broaden access to higher education, says Peter S. Bryant, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Noel-Levitz. But waiting for students to show up is no longer enough, says Mr. Bryant, who has seen more business lately from community colleges. "There's a growing realization," he says, "that there has got to be a much more strategic approach."
Very important message for community college planners about enrollment.
Small SiteHonor Award – U. of Missouri – Francis Quadrangle
Residential LandscapeHonor Award – North Carolina State University – Chancellor’s Residence
Golf CourseHonor Award – Berkeley Hall Golf Club
University and College GroundsGrand Award – University of MississippiHonor Award – Southern Methodist UniversityHonor Award – Western Kentucky University (grounds overseen by Sodexo)Honor Award – Texas Woman’s UniversityHonor Award – University of Rochester – Mount Hope CampusHonor Award – Queens University of Charlotte (grounds overseen by Sodexo)Honor Award – Marymount CollegeHonor Award – University of Texas at DallasHonor Award – Baylor UniversityHonor Award – Ohio Northern University (grounds overseen by Sodexo)Merit Award – Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringMerit Award – University of the CumberlandsMerit Award – Virginia Wesleyan CollegeMerit Award – University of Iowa
Urban University GroundsGrand Award – University of GuelphHonor Award – University of Puget SoundHonor Award – University of NevadaHonor Award – University of AlbertaHonor Award – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (grounds overseen by Sodexo)
Northwestern University has selected three architectural firms as finalists in a competition to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on the University’s Chicago campus. Now we’d like to get your input on the proposed designs.
The three finalists in the design competition for the new Biomedical Research Building are:
Goettsch Partners and Ballinger
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Payette
Northwestern’s Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the winning design, with a decision expected this year.
An important design on a controversial property.
For now my son Max writes songs, tours and does what he wants. He is not rich or secure, but why should he measure his life on the same scale as his parents’?
Are the kids alright?
The UC may see its third year with no tuition hike, pending the approval of a preliminary budget for 2014-2015 that the UC Board of Regents will discuss next week.
What if we looked at the projects we do in the real world and worked to better align them with being learning experiences?
Whether you are a current student affairs professional or looking to enter the field, CSU's free online course in student affairs was designed for you.
Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top ten technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2014. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held here through October 10.
Through 2020, the smart machine era will blossom with a proliferation of contextually aware, intelligent personal assistants, smart advisors (such as IBM Watson), advanced global industrial systems and public availability of early examples of autonomous vehicles. The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT. New systems that begin to fulfill some of the earliest visions for what information technologies might accomplish — doing what we thought only people could do and machines could not —are now finally emerging. Gartner expects individuals will invest in, control and use their own smart machines to become more successful. Enterprises will similarly invest in smart machines. Consumerization versus central control tensions will not abate in the era of smart-machine-driven disruption. If anything, smart machines will strengthen the forces of consumerization after the first surge of enterprise buying commences.
"With the development of technology and the advent of e-readers, the classic paper books gradually became extinct. But for someone, traditional tomes are not just a source of knowledge, but a fetish."
SCUP staffer Terry Calhoun spent several years in one of those libraries. Go Blue!
With all our online access, these libraries still call me.