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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.
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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

South Dakota campus construction projects advance | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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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Integrated by Design—Introducing the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace)

Integrated by Design—Introducing the Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP has been working with this team to create a valuable tool for learning environment design—come and learn how to use it from the development team!

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The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange Repository (FLEXspace) is an open access repository designed to share examples of institutional learning spaces. It contains images and detailed attributes integrated across three domains: learning and assessment, instructional (AV) technology integration, and facilities. It will become an essential tool for those planning, designing, and programming learning spaces. Get an update on this exciting collaborative service, and bring your mobile device or laptop to take a "test drive" and provide critical feedback to the FLEXspace leadership team.  


Presented by: Megan Marler, ArtStor; Joseph A. Moreau, Vice Chancellor of Technology, Foothill-De Anza Community College District; Bradford Snyder, Associate Director, Classroom Technology Services, SUNY College at Cortland; Lisa A. Stephens, Senior Strategist, SUNY Academic Innovation, University at Buffalo; Clare van den Brink, Cornell University


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Public Health dean won’t be reinstated at the University of Saskatchewan

Public Health dean won’t be reinstated at the University of Saskatchewan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Interim president says the university will stick to TransformUS restructuring plans and budget cuts
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Change is coming to U. Saskatchewan, and it's a struggle. 

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The Growing Trend of CFOs Prioritizing Energy Reduction Projects

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Yes, there is. And the author covers, concisely, a number of the reasons why.

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The Man Who Could Not Imagine the Future

The Man Who Could Not Imagine the Future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
And four other neuroscience patients who changed how we think about the brain, and ourselves.
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That man could not be a planner— "[O]ur ability to imagine the future is tied to our ability to use our memories to reexperience the past."

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Starbucks Will Send Thousands of Employees to Arizona State for Degrees

The new scholarship program will benefit students, the company, and ASU Online. "Imagine if 200 corporations were doing this," says Arizona State's chief, Michael Crow.
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"The unusual program, the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, will be available to more than 100,000 of its employees, as long as they enroll as full-time students. The partnership, which could cost Starbucks hundreds of millions of dollars a year, is likely to add luster to the company’s reputation for corporate social responsibility. It could also be a welcome enrollment jolt to ASU Online, which has about 10,000 distance-education students and aspires to enroll 10 times that many." Thanks to SCUPer Fran Gast for this item.

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The Next America: ... the Looming Generational Showdown | Three POVs from SCUP

Three authors for the journal Planning for Higher Education share their takes on Paul Taylor's book. Taylor will be at higher education's premier planning ev...
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As always, it was a great conversation, with much emphasis on faculty change.

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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."

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

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Fla. Southern College Finally Builds Faculty House Planned by Wright

Fla. Southern College Finally Builds Faculty House Planned by Wright | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"More than 70 years ago, in the midst of designing a series of striking structures for Florida Southern College—a library, an administration complex, classroom buildings, chapels, covered walkways, a large fountain—Frank Lloyd Wright also planned some modest but handsome houses for the college’s faculty members. None of the houses got built, however, until now."

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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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What do you think?

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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.

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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

Create spaces that support learning goals | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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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The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover

The Overworked Bachelor's Degree Needs a Makeover | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Today’s college students are remarkably diverse in age and background, yet each receives the same one-size-fits-all, traditional four-year degree. Those students deserve a new bachelor’s degree that better meets both their varied needs and aspirations and the requirements of today’s economy. It’s time to rethink the purpose of the degree and offer more flexibility as to when, where, and how students acquire it."

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What will Jeff speak about next month in Pittsburgh at #SCUP49? His breadth and scope of interest and knowledge parallels planners' interests. This is his recent take on re-doing the bachelor's degree.

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A New View of Opportunity and Risk Through Dashboards #SCUP49

A New View of Opportunity and Risk Through Dashboards #SCUP49 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
"Get a new view of your institution's risks and opportunities through dashboards that analyze and aggregate information from legacy systems, financial statements, and public agency data into actionable key performance indicators (KPI). Intelligent allocation of resources relies on accurate information. The University of California (UC), with its 41 dashboards and 157 KPIs, reduced the cost of risk, improved credit ratings, and enhanced performance. In particular, through business trends and landscape data presented in charts, graphs, and reports, UC has identified specific areas of loss and cut out millions in workers' compensation costs."
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Monday, July 14, Pittsburgh at "Plan for Transformation in Higher Education," 2014's premier higher education planning event.

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'I don't see how we can survive if we continue to duplicate multimillion-dollar capital projects when they can be scaled to another location'

'I don't see how we can survive if we continue to duplicate multimillion-dollar capital projects when they can be scaled to another location' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

""'f I had a crystal ball and could look 10 years down the road, I would say that many small- and medium-sized universities will move their computer centers to the cloud, allowing vendors to perform basic operations, including disaster recovery, security, backup, patches, fixes, and updates,' predicts Roger V. Bruszewski, vice president for finance and administration, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania. 'The universities will focus attention and resources on providing services to the front-end user.'


He explains that his institution's financial and HR systems are already housed in a private cloud with 13 other institutions and that student and advancement systems will soon join them. 'I see us slowly scaling down our back-office operations,' he says. 'The economics of higher education are driving us to a lower common denominator. I don't see how we can survive if we continue to duplicate multimillion-dollar capital projects when they can be scaled to another location.'"

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The Next America: ... the Looming Generational Showdown | Three POVs from Higher Ed - YouTube

Three authors for the journal Planning for Higher Education share their takes on Paul Taylor's book. Taylor will be at higher education's premier planning event, "Plan for Transformation in Higher Education," in Pittsburgh, July 12–16:

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Our guests for this video Planning Interview were SCUPers Linda Baer, Marie Gardner, and James Morisson.

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Research and Dissertation Grants from AIR

  • Use data from one or more of the national datasets of NCES and NSF. Research topics may cover a wide range of policy- or practice-related issues. For a list of previously funded topics visit the Funded Grants page. Applicants must include the analysis of data from at least one NSF or NCES dataset in the project. See the 2014 NSF/NCES Datasets (PDF) for more information. Additional large-scale, nationally representative datasets may be used in conjunction with the obligatory NSF or NCES dataset. 

  • Address the 2014 NPEC Focus Topic: "Noncredit Instructional Activity at Postsecondary Institutions." A national taxonomy of definitions does not yet exist in the scope of noncredit activity, and a wide variety of educational activities could be encompassed in ...
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Grants are $20,000 for dissertations and $40,000 for research. A wide range of recipients is possible.

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New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Education Scholar Adrianna Kezar on the Changing Faculty

New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Education Scholar Adrianna Kezar on the Changing Faculty | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"DiSalvio: Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty were once the norm in higher education. However, the numbers and proportions of non-tenure track faculty as a segment of the professoriate has crept higher over the past decade and adjunct faculty now make up the majority of the higher education workforce. Does this shift of faculty constitute a growing and critical problem for higher education?


Kezar: Yes, it appears that this shift might be presenting a critical problem for higher education."

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Community College Transfers Can Thrive at the Nation’s Best Colleges and Universities

Community College Transfers Can Thrive at the Nation’s Best Colleges and Universities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds that many low-income students who excel in community colleges will continue to excel if given the chance to transfer to highly selective four-year colleges. Despite academic success at the community college level, lower-income students have a difficult pathway to navigate to get to elite institutions, and such institutions have not been looking in the right places nor making it easy for academically qualified students to gain access. Foundation Vice President Emily R. Froimson outlines ways institutions can find and prepare students and support them through and after transfer. "

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