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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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Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own

Universities Are Missing Out on an Explosive Growth Sector: Their Own | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Higher education’s innovators are mostly outsiders.
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Common Core Is Common Sense for Higher Ed

Common Core is Common Sense for Higher Education— Nancy Zimpher, SUNY chancellor and SCUP–49 plenary speaker recently co-authored this concise explanation about how important the Common Core K–12 curriculum is for higher ed.


One may pose the question of why we, as heads of major universities, would be writing on this topic since it relates to K-12? It's simple. Far too many of our high school graduates enter college unprepared and end up in remediation at our state colleges and universities. This has led to rising college dropout rates, and, ultimately, students and families saddled with too much debt and little to show for it. … The Common Core can reverse this alarming trend and set our students on the path to success.


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Boston Globe: Area Colleges Agree to Help Fight Overcrowding in Off-Campus Housing

Boston Globe: Area Colleges Agree to Help Fight Overcrowding in Off-Campus Housing | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Mayor Marty Walsh said more than 20 colleges and universities in the Boston area have agreed to disclose the addresses of students living off campus in an effort to combat apartment overcrowding that puts students’ safety at risk, The Boston Globe reported.
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The information, he said, is essential so the city can to identify overcrowded apartments and protect the health and safety of tens of thousands of university students.

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The Most Transformative Invention Since the iPad | Oculus Rift

The Most Transformative Invention Since the iPad | Oculus Rift | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
I had been prepared to be skeptical of the much-anticipated virtual reality goggles—WIRED has been proclaiming the revolutionary arrival of VR for two decades, and it had come to seem as laughable as Knight-Ridder’s video. Then I tried the Rift on. It was like the moment when I first held the iPad.
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Planners, what happens when every student has a pair of these, in five years?


[A]n amazing transition happened as my eyes resolved a new field of vision. I blinked, and while my brain remembered (for a moment) that I was sitting in my office, my eyes told me I was somewhere completely different. And then, in an instant, my brain joined my eyes, and I was there. It was seamless, and it was crazy.

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Business School, Disrupted

Business School, Disrupted | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In moving into online education, Harvard Business School discovered that it isn’t so easy to practice what it teaches.
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Intriguing, with twists. One of the best articles we've read in a while that has, as its background, what's on-the-gound-happening at the leading edge.


“Harvard is going to make a lot of money,” Mr. Ulrich predicted. “They will sell a lot of seats at those courses. But those seats are very carefully designed to be off to the side. It’s designed to be not at all threatening to what they’re doing at the core of the business school.”

Exactly, warned Professor Christensen, who said he was not consulted about the project. “What they’re doing is, in my language, a sustaining innovation,” akin to Kodak introducing better film, circa 2005. “It’s not truly disruptive.”

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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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New GVSU library's design based on student habits

New GVSU library's design based on student habits | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Study spaces at the new Mary Idema Pew Library on the main campus of Grand Valley State University were designed around students' habits. The design team from SHW Group observed the way students used the campus' Zumberge Library. Its findings influenced the design of all areas, from seating and …
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Student Segments Are Much More Than Demographics

SCUP–49 plenary speaker Jeff Selingo recently shared a new way to segment the higher ed student marketplace. No doubt he‘ll talk about this in Pittsburgh next month. The categories are: Aspiring Academics, Coming of Age, Career Starters, Career Accelerators, Industry Switchers, and Academic Wanderers.


“Schools have typically looked at students in two categories: ‘traditional’ 18-to-22-year-olds and ‘nontraditional’ adult learners,” said Selingo. “But this study shows – for example, 18-year-olds going to college solely to get a job may have more in common with adults looking to advance in their career than their own classmates.”

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‘This is not a test. This is not a drill. It’s a bona fide emergency’

‘This is not a test. This is not a drill. It’s a bona fide emergency’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The push to create fast and slow Internet lanes is a trend away from current Net Neutrality that, if successful, has deep consequences for future higher education directions. You may not know much about Net Neutrality, but your IT staff do, and they’re worried. SCUP–49 plenary speaker Clay Shirky, who teaches about the influence communications networks have on culture at NYU, will no doubt address this, among other external trends that are affecting or may affect the higher education industry.

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Machines v. Lawyers by John O. McGinnis, City Journal Spring 2014

Machines v. Lawyers by John O. McGinnis, City Journal Spring 2014 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
As information technology advances, the legal profession faces a great disruption.
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The growing role of machine intelligence will create new competition in the legal profession and reduce the incomes of many lawyers. The job category that the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls “other legal services”—which includes the use of technology to help perform legal tasks—has already been surging, over 7 percent per year from 1999 to 2010. As a consequence, the law-school crisis will deepen, forcing some schools to close and others to reduce tuitions. While lawyers and law professors may mourn the loss of more lucrative professional opportunities, consumers of modest means will enjoy access to previously cost-prohibitive services.

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Hey, Let’s Be Careful Out There - Metropolis Magazine - May 2014

Hey, Let’s Be Careful Out There - Metropolis Magazine - May 2014 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Piecemeal fixes won’t do. Every concerned citizen in possession of a chunk of human knowledge, designers included, is needed in the creation of a new web of interactions between all stakeholders."

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Sounds like integrated planning.

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