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An Look at Adjunct Leaders' Views on Long-term Strategies

"Concordia adjuncts have strategically sought over time to 'permeate' the university’s governance structure, and serve – with compensation – on committees of all kinds, including hiring committees. That visibility has bred respect from the administration, she said, which is demonstrated by contract wins such as a $240,000 professional development fund specifically for part-time faculty."

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Reporting from the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor conference. There are a number of trends there which parallel or interact with other disruption/transformation trends with regard to faculty roles over time. For example, if you cannot deny the growing role of adjuncts, then why not invest in ensuring they are the best and have the resources to do their jobs well? Why not look at what else they can do, or what they will be doing?

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The Education Revolution Is Here Right Now -- Don't Miss It

The Education Revolution Is Here Right Now --  Don't Miss It | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As we progress further into the digital age, the skill set requirements at our campuses will be different.  Really different.  The role of the faculty will change, moving from lecturing and teaching to mentoring and coaching.  Enrollment management for campus-based students is vastly different from management of online enrollment, and requires different skill sets.  Institutions will need to create new policies and governance structures to address online and digital learning. The rhythm of the internal operations at institutions will be vastly different in a digital world.  Just think about non-profit institutions having to respond in minutes or seconds, rather than weeks, to student inquiries.  In this new world, I think colleges will find it  difficult — very difficult —   to successfully  apply past policies and operational procedures to the digital market.  The people challenge will be both skill sets and the depth of available talent.  This will drive institutions to look at partnerships to outsource services with companies who have the depth of core competencies required to sustain an acceptable service level for students and results for the colleges.


Doss:     Well . . . In some ways, this future seems a bit grim, to say the least, for some incumbent institutions.  Do you think we are going to wake up one day and see colleges go out of business?


Beyer:   I am optimistic about the future of higher education."

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Hmm: "On the other hand we may look back seven to ten years from now and ask where did all the colleges go?   I guess one way to think about this is that for sure there will be winners and losers."

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Getting a Handle on Performance-Based Funding

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Frequent SCUP speaker, Dennis P. Jones, is quoted as saying that “States are getting more sophisticated about what they’re doing and are crafting models that really reinforce institutional mission differentiation, rather than doing the same thing for everybody.” Jones is president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, whose October 2013 report, “Outcomes-Based Funding: The Wave of Implementation,” examines such policies. “They’re also putting a bigger share of the allocation into outcomes-based funding.”

This author concisely organizes this brief and informative resource, from AASCU's Public Policy magazine, under the primary heading of "A More Sophisticated Model," with these bullets.


  1. An Active Role for Stakeholders
  2. Differentiate Metrics and Rewards
  3. Make the Money Meaningful
  4. Make the Penalties Reasonable
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Ouch. Capital Funding and Development Isn’t Always Fun.

Ouch. Capital Funding and Development Isn’t Always Fun. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Like a good neighbor TU is there, here, there, over here, over there, next to here, there, next to there and of course they are here as well. At what point does the University recognize that infinite growth in a finite location is not going to work. Too much of a good thing is just too much." - project neighbor

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Ouch. Capital Funding and Development Isn’t Always Fun— Read the quote, above, and empathize with Towson U’s Kris Phillips, who like many planners has to manage a great deal of distrust. SCUP’s Mid-Atlantic region is holding a symposium at Towson State University about “Alternative Financing and Delivery of College and University Facilities,” you can sympathize with Phillips, on campus, face to face, on October 13. He's a SCUP member and also on the program. [ma]


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University Systems Sharing Content, Data ... and Analytics Capabilities

Four major university systems will share online courses, analytics and learning-management software through a cloud-based digital education platform called Unizin, portions of which launched in July.
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This is intriguing: “Relative to the whole cost of us building out analytics capabilities separately, one campus at a time, or building content capabilities only on an island by ourselves, we think this is cost effective over time for how digital learning is evolving.”

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Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18

Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Recovering from recent economic challenges, three major institutions in the southern region of Florida are creating and implementing dynamic plans for the future that will be the catalyst to both expanded growth on the campuses and increased quality as they strive to meet the growing expectations of students and the changing face of higher education. The University of Miami is expanding, replacing, and renovating all of its existing housing stock through a carefully sequenced nine-year plan. The University of South Florida in Tampa is anticipating the use of a public-private partnership structure for a large scale mixed-use development including more than 2,000 student housing beds.  Florida International University is among the top 10 in national enrollment and number 1 nationally in graduating Hispanic students and has recently opened new student housing on that campus. 


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Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new?

Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Who out there has redesigned graduate assistant space to support the way grads work and study today (versus 20 years ago)? Semi-private offices just aren't an option for some of our buildings and programs - nor are they necessary.
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Please share what you have been doing or what you have learned about.

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Does the 'Phenomenon of Enclosure' Threaten the Commons?

Does the 'Phenomenon of Enclosure' Threaten the Commons? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The history of online learning is the history of a plethora of patents. (Watters, 2014) This is a patent for setting up a regional network in the south western United States. That's Nevada. That's Arizona. That's New Mexico. That's Utah. That's Colorado or Wyoming, one of the square ones. Calling it a patent thicket is more than a slight understatement. And it's not just patents, of course, it's copyright, trademarks, even trade secrets. 

Here's one that came out a few weeks ago - I've actually got the screen capture - trademark for pi. (Poulsen, 2014) Yes, pi, the pi that you're all familiar with, 3.141 whatever. A colleague memorized it to 100 digits. I've memorized it to, what, one. 

This is not simply an isolated instance. It's the norm. It's a phenomenon that took place in the industrial revolution. It's a phenomenon taking place in the information revolution. It's a phenomenon of enclosure. You would think we learned from the last time, but we didn't. And it threatens the commons, the common heritage, common knowledge, common culture that we all thought that we own."

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A must-read, IOHO. This is only one of many issues examined in this first of three talks which run as a series. Downes is examining "not the problem MOOCs solve at the moment but the problem MOOCs were designed to solve." Since Downes was instrumental in developing the concept of a MOOC, his insights are both clear and from a POV unfamiliar to many higher education leaders.

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MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why eBook: Jeffrey J. Selingo

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A short, new, not-yet-published piece on sale in advance of publication—from our well-received #scup49 plenary speaker, Jeff Selingo.

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Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus

Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The problem is that we are entering an unprecedented period when two historic waves of building construction demand capital renewal investments even as resources available for capital are limited by reductions in state funding, decreases in research and philanthropy and debt limits set by trustees. New England campuses built more space from 1960 to 1975 than over the previous 80 years combined. Then many campuses followed with a second construction boom from 1995 until the Great Recession slowed building.


Now, faced with having to do 'catch-up' renovation on the first wave of buildings that are reaching 50 years old and “keep-up” or stewardship on the second wave of buildings, campus administrators are finding there is just not enough money to do both. It is starting to show to even the casual observer."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Good question by the author: "How could we have spent billions of dollars on new construction and renovation over the past 25 years and still see a doubling of the amount of deferred maintenance?"

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Deseret Residential Towers, Dating to 1964, Will Be Razed at Brigham Young U.

"Brigham Young University will demolish the remaining five buildings in its Deseret Towers housing complex, the university announced in a news release. Five of the seven buildings were constructed in 1964"

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Fifty years ago these were new and the Society for College and University Planning did not yet quite exist #scup50.

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Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They?

Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The client-consultant model for me is the right way to think about student in higher education. "

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Customers or clients? Drawing upon his own recent experiences as a consultant (with clients) in the design of flipped classroom learning environments, Robert Talbert argues for clients.

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The Band Plays On … ‘Cognitive Dissonance Was There for All to See and Hear’

The Band Plays On … ‘Cognitive Dissonance Was There for All to See and Hear’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Two distinctly different views of reality were on display at the 2014 Society for College and University Planning conference: traditional and nontraditional – bundled and unbundled. The cognitive dissonance was there for all to see and hear.


The traditional view bundles residential experience with marching bands and the book-lined study. The nontraditional view unbundles all of this, offering credit hours and progress toward a degree without dorms, touchdowns or libraries. This all makes sense as long as they are serving different audiences – different customers interested in different value propositions. When they need to appeal to the same customer this cognitive dissonance will take the f
orm of economic competition to squeeze what Rich DeMillo calls the middle."

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As SCUP board member Jill Morelli, University of Washington, tweeted last week: “@jkmorelli  #scup49 Michael Haggans is really challenging the status quo about the physical impacts of the digitizing of the university.” There are Haggan’s latest, post-conference thoughts at his blog, CampusMatters.net.

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Great (Un-funded) Expectations: Integration, Innovation and Collaboration for Quality, Sustainable Higher Education

Great (Un-funded) Expectations: Integration, Innovation and Collaboration for Quality, Sustainable Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


Scholarship Applications
Deadline: August 22

Early-Bird Registration
Deadline: September 24

Sign up to be a convener!

Join us in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for the 2014 North Central Regional Conference! This conference will focus on innovative approaches to challenging planning contexts.


We will showcase ways institutions and organizations are managing in an environment of increasing compliance requirements, regulation, accountability, and ever-shrinking funding levels. By taking an integrated planning approach, they will also show you how to leverage synergies across the campus to operate effectively and efficiently while they support the core mission of higher education.


As a higher education leader, you are constantly faced with evolving—and in some cases revolutionizing—financial, academic, physical, and infrastructure practices to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. The challenges have prompted new approaches and innovative solutions that defy traditional planning models. These new advances are re-shaping everything from partnerships, to new models of delivery, and sustainability. Let’s explore and examine new approaches to planning together, and learn from the experiences of other thought leaders in higher education.

The SCUP North Central Conference Planning Committee invites policy makers, higher ed leaders, and organizations to engage in an imperative dialogue and look at ways to position our institutions for a successful, sustainable future. 

Join us in Canada!

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Offices are Personal, Workplaces are Functional—Why do we have 2–4x as much office space as classroom space on campus?

Offices are Personal, Workplaces are Functional—Why do we have 2–4x as much office space as classroom space on campus? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Since offices typically comprise two to four times as much space on campus as classrooms, why don’t we hear more about improving office environments?"

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Michael Haggans at CampusMatters.net is touching the third rail this week: "Facilities managers have a good sense of how seldom faculty offices are occupied. They are loath to use this information lest they be seen as accusing faculty members of shirking their responsibilities. The real issue is the significant change in patterns of office use since the mid-20th century."

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"Building Excellence from the Ground Up: Stony Brook at 50 Years, October 24

"Building Excellence from the Ground Up: Stony Brook at 50 Years, October 24 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This symposium will reflect on Stony Brook University's rapid development into a leading public research university, examine several initiatives that have transformed the Stony Brook campus, and discuss its challenges and opportunities in maintaining a research university for the coming decades.


Learning Outcomes:


  1. Review the development history of the campus, a process characterized by growing enrollments, rapid expansion, and continuous improvement to deepen an understanding of how to foster academic excellence in a public university.
  2. Discover how an institution reinvented itself from a rough-at-the-edges campus, through site restoration, environmental sustainability and energy reductions into a more sustainable environment.
  3. Investigate various methods used to maintain, renew, re-purpose, or replace ageing research facilities to better support modern scientific effort and contrast results obtained from the different approaches.
  4. Recognize how campus life and residential programs shape the quality and character of campus experience, thereby impacting student achievement, student engagement, student retention rates, and their lifelong associations with a newly creating university.


Register Now

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Higher Education On Trial

Higher Education On Trial | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Higher education in 2014 may be getting what it deserves, paying the price of having been a law unto itself for too long. It is time to move beyond a defense of privileges and self-interest to constructive engagement with the public’s questions before the opportunity passes.


For everyone’s sake, we hope it is not already too late."

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Shirley Mullen is president of Houghton College (N.Y.). Perhaps she'll respond to our Call for Proposals (deadline October 1) “We Strengthen and Transform Higher Education” | July 11–15, 2015 | Chicago, IL #scup50

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Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies

Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The bottom line…

Remember these best practices for engaging faculty members in recruitment and retention:

  • Help faculty members understand why their help is valuable.
  • Encourage faculty members to participate in recruitment events.
  • Plan outreach efforts such as summer camps that include professors.
  • Create systems for tracking student success and reach out to students who are having trouble.
  • Be available and encourage conversations with students so that you know what they like and don’t like."
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Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics

Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

While some schools are making changes to boost student outcomes, Finney says it is too early to know how institutions will change in the long term in response to performance-based funding. "Strong state-level data systems are necessary to determine changes in performance and to make adjustments accordingly," she says. "States vary in terms of the sophistication of their student unit record systems. This must be carefully aligned with the outcomes they hope that institutions will strive for."


"Any financial policy involves a series of trade-offs," says Tennessee's Deaton. While he and other state education leaders believe the positives of performance-based funding "far outweigh the negatives," he also says "until the model is road tested, you don't know for sure how it will work out."

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Performance-based funding and measuring outcomes. A review of the states and a clear exposition of the current status by Nancy Mann Jackson in NACUBO's Business Officer magazine.

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In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Moody’s has downgraded three dozen other four-year colleges and universities since July 2013, a sign of continuing financial fragility in higher education.

By contrast, nine of about 500 higher-ed institutions that Moody’s analyzes were given credit rating upgrades in the past year."

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The author, Nick Anderson, provides some detail on the major changes up and down.

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Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases

Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Abstract
BACKGROUND:

The indoor built environment has the potential to influence levels of physical activity. However, the extent to which architectural design in commercial buildings can influence the percentage of people choosing to use the stairs versus elevators is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine if buildings with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases result in a greater percentage of people taking the stairs.

METHODS:

Direct observations of stair and elevator use were conducted in 3 buildings on a university campus. One of the buildings had a bank of 4 centrally located elevators and a fire escape stairwell behind a steel door. The other 2 buildings had centrally located staircases and out-of-the-way elevators.

RESULTS:

The percentage of people who ascended the stairs was 8.1% in the elevator-centric building, compared with 72.8% and 81.1% in the 2 stair-centric buildings (P < .001). In addition, the percentage of people who descended the stairs was 10.8% in the first building, compared with 89.5% and 93.7% in the stair-centric buildings (P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of the current study suggest that if buildings are constructed with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases, a greater percentage of people will choose to take the stairs."

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Given an attractive staircase as an alternative, many more people will walk both up and down than ride the elevator.

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MOOCs— There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen.

MOOCs— There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.
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"For the time being, MOOCs seem unlikely to take the place of physical campuses—or even replace for-profit universities, as Lue hopes they will. In order to do that, MOOCs would have to begin offering meaningful credits—the kind someone could take to a job interview and expect to have taken seriously. (For now, even though HarvardX classes feature the same content as their in-person equivalents, it’s not possible for students to earn anything more than a certificate of completion—the equivalent of a “P” in a pass-fail class.)


So what is a MOOC? What makes it different from a brick-and-mortar classroom? In the end, the answer may be exactly what it seems to be: a MOOC is a film. It’s easy to dismiss college-age kids as screen-addicted zombies, but cinema has a particular ability to move people: It’s informative and entertaining; it’s literature and photography at the same time. If nothing else, the MOOC-driven revolution may inspire classroom instructors to make their lessons more dynamic and figure out what really ignites students’ imaginations. There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen."

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SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-50 Chicago 2015

SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-50 Chicago 2015 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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#scup50 As the idea of SCUP was coalescing in the minds of several dozen planngers, on this date in 1964 Barry Goldwater was on the cover of Time, the Beach Boys’ I Get Around was number one on the charts, and New England campuses alone built $64M sq ft of new space in 1964. [na]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Stop Keeping College Athletes Poor and Trapped

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Stop Keeping College Athletes Poor and Trapped | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"new survey finds that 60% of incoming college football players support unions for college athletes. The horror!"

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Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative

Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of“experimental sites” (ex-sites) that will test certain innovative practices aimed at providing better, faster and more flexible paths to academic and career success."

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Is anyone out there doing this? Tell us how it works, please. "[T]he Experimental Sites Initiatives—or 'experiments,' as they are frequently called—tests the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for participating institutions disbursing Title IV student aid. The Department of Education has waived specific statutory or regulatory requirements at the postsecondary institutions, or consortia of institutions, approved to participate in the experiments. By contrasting the results achieved with the flexibilities with results under current regulations, the Department has data to support changes to regulations and statute. The outcomes of experiments have the potential to benefit all postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.

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