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Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education

Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Higher education is a critical element of the American economy, because of both its benefits and its costs to individuals and taxpayers. Yet we know very little about the relationships between the things colleges and universities do and the resources they need to do them. Currently, shrinking public support and increasing tuition make it urgent that we understand our own productivity and how to measure it. The challenge we face is to contain costs without compromising quality or accessibility.


This article summarizes the report of the National Research Council Panel on Measuring Higher Education Productivity (NRC 2012a). Table 1, derived from material in the report, also appears in Massy, Sullivan, and Mackie (2013)."

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Effective Campuswide Digital Signage Communications

Effective Campuswide Digital Signage Communications | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"By implementing a system that is both reliable and scalable, we have also experienced significant economies of scale with regard to resources for networking, system infrastructure, security, disaster-recovery, software licensing, training, and support. We can now conduct strategic campus-level initiatives concerning UBC branding and emergency broadcasting with confidence. From a content perspective, there is now more uniformity and consistency to our branding message—thanks to a centrally managed system where units also can easily syndicate content across the entire network."

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Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building

Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building, by Nathan F. AllemanL. Neal Holly, and Carla A. CostelloPlanning for Higher Education, v41n2 (2013)

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

Download it now through next Friday in the Planning for Higher Ed Mojo.


"Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building," by Nathan F. AllemanL. Neal Holly, and Carla A. CostelloPlanning for Higher Education, v41n2 (2013)


  • We have a way for every kind of learner to learn from this knowledge piece. You can read the article itself. 
  • Or you can watch, listen to, or read a transcript of our Planning interview with the authors: watch that interview, listen to or download that interview (MP3), or read that interview. 
  • Or you can read a summary of the Planning interview in the form of a blog post with questions.


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Faculty Representation in Governance - ProfHacker

Faculty Representation in Governance - ProfHacker | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Because the mere presence of some faculty members doesn’t constitute representation."

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Some suggestions for steps to take to achieve a more meaningful faculty representation on committees. Interesting in light of the video interview for this Friday's Planning article in SCUP's Mojo.

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Essay on what professors can learn from MOOCs by Coursera Co-Founder

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"MOOCs are still the wild west of higher education, and there is no “one size fits all” approach to building one."


Yes, they are, including ours.

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Personal contact in disrupted institutions and other thoughts on SCUP MOOC2 Weeks 1 and 2 - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Personal contact in disrupted institutions and other thoughts on SCUP MOOC2 Weeks 1 and 2 - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Great to travel back through this year’s MOOC to SCUP 47 and Sandy Shugart’s wonderful talk then, connecting university history and culture to the future, and…
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Couper's insights from our fall 2012 MOOC continue in 2013:


"Then today tuning in to this week’s video conversation, hearing Joan ask about personal contact and quality in the age of MOOCs gets back to these disciple-master roots of learning-teaching. Today as an architect, I wonder how colleges and universities continue to find personal value for students and faculty, avoiding the institutional ways that medieval faith and empire co-opted prior more direct knowledge transfer?


This week’s panel connected Sandy’s use of groups of students exploring the same questions to the power of ideation sessions that “allow percolation up,” and left me seeing ideas bubbling through the “white water” of change now. Sandy’s future orientation had spurred me to connect design thinking to planning, as had Luis Rico-Gutierrez so eloquently at the North Central conference two years ago, and as Michael pointing to designing backwards from the vision, then to set the first steps toward it."

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Can Neanderthals Be Brought Back from the Dead?

Can Neanderthals Be Brought Back from the Dead? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In a SPIEGEL interview, synthetic biology expert George Church of Harvard University explains how DNA will become the building material of the future -- one that can help create virus-resistant human beings and possibly bring back lost species...
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If you lack a sense of urgency about the need for higher education to move quickly, think for a moment about what the increasing pace of change might bring as external forces. What would it mean for higher education and lifelong learning if a lifespan of 120 could be achieved through genetic manipulation?

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MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’?

MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
"Is it inappropriate to take the word ‘dropout’ from one context and stamp it upon another? With MOOCs I’d call it a category mistake, when a word is used to mean one thing (pejoratively) in the context of a long school, college or University course, then applied with the same pejorative force to a very different type of learning experience. Stopping during a MOOC is very different from dropping out school, an expensive long-term degree or a compulsory compliance course."
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

We say, "Yes," to this proposal. If you read just one article, or an executive summary of it, you've learned something in SCUP's Change & Disruption MOOC:


MOOCs encourage the ‘look see’ approach to learning, and as they are free or very cheap, the consequences are negligible. Do the people who don’t finish a MOOC rush back to college or Universities with cheques in their hand? Of course not. The decision to take or drop out of a MOOC is not a life changing decision in terms of money, time or commitment.

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'Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change | Part One - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

'Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change | Part One - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Welcome to SCUP's Change & Disruption cMOOC Week Two
The following article from Planning for Higher Education v41n2 is published here today, and availa…
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The following article from Planning for Higher Education v41n2 is available to everyone free, only from today through next Thursday.


Part One of "Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change" by Donald NorrisRobert Brodnick,Paul LefrereJoseph Gilmour, and Linda Baer(Part Two will be published on February 8.)


Almost twenty years ago, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) published the book Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century (THE), written by Michael G. Dolence and Donald M. Norris. THE served as a manifesto of how the teaching, training, experiences, and perspectives offered by higher education needed to be realigned with the needs of society, then redesigned, redefined, and reengineered.

Today, higher education is faced with pressure to transform broadly and rapidly, partially because we have failed to achieve significant and needed change. ... This paper sets the stage for this conversation.

Part One

Revisiting What the Future Looked Like in 1995

Tracking Other Voices from 1995 to the Present

Establishing 2013 as Our New Vantage Point for the Future


Part Two (February 8)

Reinventing Strategies, Business Models, and Emerging Practices

Getting Started, Getting it Done

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Got the Code? The Privacy's Gone. Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities

Got the Code? The Privacy's Gone. Search of DNA Sequences Reveals Full Identities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Surprising results from a DNA researcher highlight the growing tension between the advancement of medical research and privacy concerns. ..."


“We are in what I call an awareness moment,” said Eric D. Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH.

"There is no easy answer about what to do to protect the privacy of study subjects."

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

Big Data meets DNA and kills privacy. Again.

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NACUBO: The Horse Before the Cart

NACUBO: The Horse Before the Cart | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

For Michigan State University, infusing sustainability into its supply chain meant first engaging providers before developing procurement policies and articulating outcomes.

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SCUPer Kathryn Lindahl is one of the authors of this useful piece about integrating sustainability planning and purchasing planning. Very practical advice and process sharing.

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Goodbye, Anecdotes! The Age Of Big Data Demands Real Criticism

Goodbye, Anecdotes! The Age Of Big Data Demands Real Criticism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
If you think of all the information encoded in the universe from your genome to the furthest star, from the information that's already there, codified or un-cod
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This is almost kind of a manifesto: "Big data" can in fact be made to sound scary. Very scary.


This kind of analysis doesn't just end arguments it buries them and salts the earth—unless you are prepared to raise the stakes with your own Big Data-mining operation. Either way, we've dispensed with what you or I think of the media—and the fact that everyone who consumes media gets to be a "media critic"—and empowered a kind of evidence-based discussion. Think about all the pointlessness that can be taken out of arguments about political bias in the media if you can, in real time, dissect and aggregate all the media coverage at any given moment on any question. In the possibility of providing big answers, Big Crit frees us to move the argument forward. If the data is so decisive on gender bias, we now have a rational obligation to ask why is that the case and what might be done about it.

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Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center

Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Architect William Rawn's design for the new Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall is a feat of visual and acoustic wonder
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We especially like the transparent rear wall, which permits an external audience to engage with those inside the structure.


Are there other campus buildings which utilize this?

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Jessica Anderson's comment, January 18, 2013 4:49 PM
Not exactly transparent, but it is retractable. It is essentially a large sliding door / garage door that entirely opens the hall onto the lawns, to seat more than 6000 people total.
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Digital and Web in Higher Ed | University Business Magazine

Digital and Web in Higher Ed | University Business Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"After 38 articles, I finally get a chance to make New Year’s “predictions” about the 12 months to come. Unfortunately, I don’t own a crystal ball yet. But, all this time spent tracking and analyzing trends should help with the exercise of grasping what’s to come in 2013 for internet technologies in higher education."

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Trends Report: New facilities enhance the quality of campus life

Trends Report: New facilities enhance the quality of campus life | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Institutions of higher learning are investing heavily in new facilities—student unions, dining facilities, residence halls, and the like—that address the non-academic side of campus life.
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The Higher Education Market Remains Strong— The Chronicle finds that states’ funding is up a bit, mostly. Moody’s doesn’t think much of higher education in 2013. What to think? In “Trends Report: New Facilities enhance the quality of campus life,” Building Design + Construction magazine lines up with The Chronicle, and finds that “for AEC firms, The higher education market remains strong.”

To come to that conclusion they spoke with many SCUP members, some of whom were quoted in the report, such as Kate Diamond, principal with HMC Architects, James Goblirsch, vice president with HGA Architects and Engineers, Craig Hamilton, principal with Cannon Design, David Hatton, vice president with Stantec, John Jokerst, senior vice president with Carter & Associates, Dan Malecha, senior project manager with McGough Construction, and Luke Voiland, architect with Shepley Bulfinch.

This debate is also being shaped by multiple cultural factors. The advent of social media now means that learning can take place anywhere and everywhere, says David Hatton, Vice President in the Philadelphia office of A/E giant Stantec. “There’s out-of-the-classroom, social experience learning in terms of leadership and how students get along with one another.”


Much of a student’s success is tied to socialization and having community space to get to know and interact with peers, says James Goblirsch, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Vice President at HGA Architects and Engineers, Minneapolis. This change in the nature of higher education is impacting the design of new residence halls, many of which now provide study areas and learning spaces in addition to sleeping quarters.

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2 Questions— Space Change Organizational Trauma & How Do Faculty Use Space? - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

2 Questions— Space Change Organizational Trauma & How Do Faculty Use Space? - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In our Planning interview with the authors of Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building, which will be released t…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

In our Planning interview with the authors of "Agency and Influence: The Organizational Impact of a New School of Education Building," which will be released tomorrow, two faculty-related questions were raised that I thought worthy of further discussion.


You can watch that interviewlisten to or download that interview (MP3), or read that interview. These questions are independent of the article's content.


Question 1: Space Change Organizational Trauma


Do planners typically alert the occupants, such as faculty, who are planning new space, or moving into new space, that the move itself can be organizationally traumatic?


Question 2: How Do Faculty Use Space?


In the case of a building like the education building that is the topic of this interview, do planners study—pre- and post-move—how the faculty use spaces? If so, are the compilations or resources that share the process or results of such studies available?

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State Spending on Higher Education Rebounds in Most States After Years of Decline

State Spending on Higher Education Rebounds in Most States After Years of Decline | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Thirty states increased their higher-education budgets, but overall spending dropped by 0.4 percent because of larger cuts in some of the biggest states.
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"Barring a further downturn in the economy, the relatively small overall change ... suggests that higher education may be at the beginning stages of a climb out of the fiscal trough caused by the last recession," says a news release accompanying the survey data.


That small bit of optimism was balanced, however, by a new report from Moody's Investors Services, which issued a negative outlook for the entire higher-education sector in 2013. That assessment includes even the most competitive research universities, which the credit-rating agency had previously given a stable outlook.

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Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit

Public Universities to Offer Free Online Classes for Credit | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, the universities hope that those who pass the free courses will pay tuition to complete a degree program.
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It's here: A free intro course, for credit. And maybe you'll like the experience enough to select that school for more. And maybe the school learns more about you when you take the course.


“It’s a bold strategy on the part of the institutions,” said Michael Tanner, vice president for academic affairs at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. “In some sense, it’s a new recruitment strategy: give them a free sample, and maybe they’ll find they have an appetite for it. It’s hard to say how well it will work. The MOOC business will become crowded over time.”

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Cornell NYC Tech Will Foster Commerce Amid Education

Cornell NYC Tech Will Foster Commerce Amid Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
At Cornell NYC Tech, a new graduate school focusing on applied science, the most striking departure of all may be the relationship it sets forth between university and industry.
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Innovative in so many ways:


"Cornell NYC Tech, a new graduate school focusing on applied science, is a bold experiment on many fronts: a major expansion for an august upstate school, a high-impact real estate venture for Roosevelt Island, an innovative collaboration with a foreign university, a new realm of influence for City Hall. But the most striking departure of all may be the relationship it sets forth between university and industry, one in which commerce and education are not just compatible, they are also all but indistinguishable. In this new framework, Cornell NYC Tech is not just a school, it is an “educational start-up,” students are “deliverables” and companies seeking access to those students or their professors can choose from a “suite of products” by which to get it."

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Challenges Ahead for the U. of California - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Challenges Ahead for the U. of California - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Mark Yudof is stepping down in August. His successor may face no less than a major rethinking of the breadth and scope of the 10-campus system itself.
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The author suggests that California might select a political or business as his replacement.


Yet as search consultants note, the pool of applicants with the academic, managerial, and political chops to oversee an enterprise as complex and respected as the University of California may not be all that large, even though the job is likely to pay pretty well. The system has 234,000 students, about 208,000 faculty and staff members, more than 1.6 million alumni, and an annual operating budget of $22.7-billion. Mr. Yudof makes nearly $600,000 a year.


"It would not surprise us if California chose a political or business figure, given the current political and economic climate," said Lucy Apthorp Leske, vice president and co-director of the education and nonprofit practice at Witt/Kieffer, a search firm.


That kind of choice might signal a shift in direction for the university system, one that some higher-education policy analysts say may be overdue. Mr. Yudof deserves "high marks for stability," said Patrick Callan, one such analyst with deep California ties, but not for "innovation or charting new directions."

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A Home-Schooling Pioneer Looks to the Future

A Home-Schooling Pioneer Looks to the Future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Mary Pride, a hero to conservative Christians, embraces technology and the Internet.
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A reminder of what things looked like 20 years ago in computer-based education.

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Terry Harding's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:51 PM

Here is a home schooling pioneer's comments on past adventures and current curriculum trends.

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Toomey Talks Education in Erie

Toomey Talks Education in Erie | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I thought the senator was terrific in terms of his understanding of the issues," [SCUPer] Dr. Brian Dalton, vice president of enrollment and communication at Allegheny College.

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College debt was the focus of this meeting.

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FridayLive! January 18 Teaching through Students' Physical and Virtual Eyes | TLT Group

FridayLive! January 18 Teaching through Students' Physical and Virtual Eyes | TLT Group | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How do students see instruction? What do students say about what helps them learn in face to face and online environments. This presentation will summarize research based on a nationally available student ratings instrument. Using data collected through online surveys between 2002 and 2008, 5,272 on campus classes from 38 institutions will be compared with 13,416 online courses from 67 institutions.


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Free but most likely priceless.

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The Scary Economics Of Higher Education - Forbes

The Scary Economics Of Higher Education - Forbes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Universities could wind up in the same fix as their students: Too much debt, not enough income to pay it back.
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"At the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, you can see higher education’s ambitions reaching to the sky. The New School’s 16-story University Center nears completion at a cost of $353 million.


The edifice is impressive. But would you want to hold the mortgage on it? That’s what you have, in effect, if you buy a tax-exempt bond from the New School. Before you invest in debt backed by an educational institution, think about the precarious state of this sector of the economy."

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:41 AM

In my own neck of town, there are so many new buildings at the big University, I have lost count.  Now Moody's is talking about what we've already known:  "Every university funding source is under pressure, Moody’s asserts, meaning that all institutions -- even the elites -- need to rethink their business models."   ~  Deb

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s comment, January 17, 2013 12:28 PM
That's what this quarter's MOOC is about.
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The University’s Dilemma

The University’s Dilemma | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In the face of disruptive change, higher education needs a new, more innovative business model.
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A deep look at possibilities for new models for higher education as a business. In one section, titled "Know Thyself," the author says "Before taking action, universities and colleges need to take stock in their own positioning: 'Know yourself,' as Sun Tzu advised. Using the language of business strategy, institutions must understand their “value propositions” from a set of four distinct benefits." 


Those four distinct benefits are labeled Selection, Knowledge, Certification,  and Immersion. Definitely worth a read for perspective and ideas.

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