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The Future Ain't What it Used to Be | David Newport

The Future Ain't What it Used to Be | David Newport | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"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."

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From the Sustainability Sumo.

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Obama College Rating System Will Take On U.S. News & World Report

Obama College Rating System Will Take On U.S. News & World Report | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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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Are You Working With a Learning Designer? | Inside Higher Ed

Are You Working With a Learning Designer? | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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.

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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?


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Where will you live in 2050?

Where will you live in 2050? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Reuters | August 6, 2013

By Parag Khanna and Greg Lindsay

Which cities will have the luck, the foresight and the resilience to cope...
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Good overview from a very macrosopic perspective. Khanna is a former SCUP annual conference keynote speaker.

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Need for Better Data Trumps Need for College Ratings

Need for Better Data Trumps Need for College Ratings | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"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."

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This point of view provides new angles at which to look at the proposed college ratings and higher ed data.

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Researchers cast doubt about early warning systems' effect on retention | Inside Higher Ed

Researchers cast doubt about early warning systems' effect on retention | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Put another way, 'students are taking more ... Signals courses because they persist, rather than persisting because they are taking more Signals courses, Caulfield wrote.


Caulfield’s findings were last month corroborated by Alfred Essa, McGraw-Hill Education’s vice president of research and development and analytics, who wrote a simulation that substituted “received a piece of chocolate” for 'took a Signals-enabled class.'"

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As retention efforts "mature," more research will be done on them.

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Why my wife takes out her own trash from her [university] Office

Why my wife takes out her own trash from her [university] Office | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Despite the mundane consequence, there is a story here.
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Budget cuts.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 5, 2013 7:12 PM

Budget cut AND a management and faculty case study. There's gold in the commentary. Thank you to Terry Calhoun and SCUP for the Scoop ~ Deb

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Educational Interiors Showcase 2013 Citation Winners

Educational Interiors Showcase 2013 Citation Winners— A number of higher education institutions recently received citations from American School & Univ…
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Educational Interiors Showcase 2013 Citation Winners A number of higher education institutions recently received citations from American School & University magazine. Very nice set of slide shows, with several images of each space. Links to two unions, a college of art and design, a dining hall and event center, a residential hall, and more, below or at the link.


Note that the application and nomination period is open for a number of related SCUP awards. The Asumag awards direct links:


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Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path

Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The "Starpath" absorbs sunlight during the day and glows with a supernatural-looking topaz aura at night."

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We bet that there will be at least one US campus with a path like this by October 2014!

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Florida Higher Education Spectator

Florida Higher Education Spectator | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A FREE daily email (M-F) containing news and information about FL Higher Ed. #FLHE
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SCUPers in the Southern Region may appreciate this blog.

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Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement is a refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of community engagement.
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Nice issue, VOL 6 (2013):


This volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement features articles notable for the complexity of the collaborative work described, as well as a fine-grained attentiveness to questions of perspective, participation and governance. The authors of Experiences of participation in community-based research decision-making explore how community members may weigh up their involvement in terms of risk, and their reflections resonate with ideas raised in Levels and networks in community partnerships, in which aspirations toward an ‘ideal’ level A engagement are tempered by an appreciation for the way in which different partnerships exist in a networked, interdependent relationship. 
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The latest on the developing college ratings system

The Obama administration expects to have a first draft of its college rating system by this spring, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

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More work for planners.

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Students may see third year without tuition hike, preliminary UC budget shows - The Daily Californian

Students may see third year without tuition hike, preliminary UC budget shows - The Daily Californian | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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.
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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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What if we looked at the projects we do in the real world and worked to better align them with being learning experiences?

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Free Online Course in Student Affairs - Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession

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.
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Very interesting.

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Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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.


  • Mobile Device Diversity and Management
  • Mobile Apps and Applications
  • The Internet of Everything
  • Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker
  • Cloud/Client Architecture
  • The Era of Personal Cloud The personal cloud era will mark a power shift away from devices toward services. In this new world, the specifics of devices will become less important for the organization to worry about, although the devices will still be necessary. Users will use a collection of devices, with the PC remaining one of many options, but no one device will be the primary hub. Rather, the personal cloud will take on that role. Access to the cloud and the content stored or shared from the cloud will be managed and secured, rather than solely focusing on the device itself.
  • Software Defined Anything
  • Web-Scale IT
  • Smart Machines 
  • 3-D Printing Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 75 percent in 2014 followed by a near doubling of unit shipments in 2015. While very expensive “additive manufacturing” devices have been around for 20 years, the market for devices ranging from $50,000 to $500, and with commensurate material and build capabilities, is nascent yet growing rapidly. The consumer market hype has made organizations aware of the fact 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.
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Smart Machines

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.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"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."

 

 

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SCUP staffer Terry Calhoun spent several years in one of those libraries. Go Blue!

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Donna Bryan's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:42 AM

With all our online access, these libraries still call me. 

Wong Hwee Leng's curator insight, November 3, 2014 4:17 AM

For book lovers, not to be missed beautiful places to visit when you travel to those countries.

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Secret merger, now public, meets opposition in Georgia

Secret merger, now public, meets opposition in Georgia | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The presidents of Kennesaw and Southern Poly, for instance, both said they did not know about the merger until a week and a half before the public announcement. Nor do they know who Chancellor Hank Huckaby and regents met with ahead of announcing the fait accompli. The news release from the system office said, “Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic Will Consolidate” even though the board has yet to vote."

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Architecture: It’s not science, it’s art

Architecture: It’s not science, it’s art | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In our industry, we often hear the following adages: Architecture is not a science, it’s an art; cost estimating is not a science, it’s an art; leadership is not a science, it’s an art; and so on. We might also say that even science is not a science. It, too, is an art, and as such, evolving from STEM to STEAM makes real sense."

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

SCUP's North Atlantic Region held a conference on this theme in 2010: From STEM to STEAM—Keeping the Arts in the Instruction of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. One attendee wrote, in his blog, "I have glimpsed the future of successful education in this country. I attended the [SCUP conference] and was provided a sense of clarity regarding the kind of goals, resources and leadership that are essential for delivering successful education in a global community in the immediate and distant future."

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Disruption Erupts: Coursera & the Feds

Disruption Erupts: Coursera & the Feds | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The classes, offered in partnership with the California company Coursera, will include weekly sessions in which students will meet in person.

 


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The aim is at international students, and clearly on influence, but the disruptive potential is seen here with clarity.

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Ready, Fire, Aim: The College Campus Gun Fight

Ready, Fire, Aim: The College Campus Gun Fight | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"One side views guns as essential to personal freedom, while the other side insists they are instruments for mayhem and violence. … Every gun control proposal is an occasion for pitched battles, with the stakes portrayed as nothing less than the future of life, liberty and justice. (Winkler, 2011b)


Twenty years ago, any discussion about permitting guns on college campuses would have provoked as much laughter as shock. Yet by 2012, guns were allowed on 200 public campuses in six states. That number appears certain to increase; in 2011 alone, bills to permit guns on campus were introduced in 23 state legislatures. Although most of these bills failed, some were carried over to the following legislative term.


Their proponents tend to be persistent, and we can expect bills similar to these to be re-introduced in future years. Guns may be coming soon to a campus near you—perhaps to your own."

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Robert Birnbaum concludes: "The country is filled with guns, guns exist on college campuses, and there doesn't appear to be much that can be done to completely eradicate them. But it may be that, under most circumstances, institutions can live with them."

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America's Ugliest College Campuses

America's Ugliest College Campuses | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
These college campuses emphasize brains over beauty.
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"[I]f you’re choosing a college based on looks alone, you’re probably doing it wrong."

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This Gorgeous Campus Is The World's Largest Women's University--And It's In Saudi Arabia

This Gorgeous Campus Is The World's Largest Women's University--And It's In Saudi Arabia | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Up to 60000 women could eventually enroll at PNU though their job prospects after graduation still leave something to be desired.
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"Gorgeous" is the right word. "The 32-million square foot campus contains sports facilities (where students can attend female-only sporting events in addition to participating in athletic activities), a medical center, a health sciences and research center, and a K-12 school. While it was designed for an initial enrollment of 25,000, the university has the capacity to take up to 60,000 students--more than the total number of female postsecondary students in the country as of 2009."

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