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A Giant Inflatable Plug To Keep Our Subways Dry During Storms

A Giant Inflatable Plug To Keep Our Subways Dry During Storms | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Taller than a double-decker bus the Resilient Tunnel Plug can stop future flood waters from destroying the subways. Its first installation is...
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The Effects of Sequestration Budget Cuts on Private and Public Institutions

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An important and potentially useful study.

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systerwoody's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:44 PM

External-critical issues.

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Held in Reserve

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It might be hard, but academics can be reintegrated into society!
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"Admittedly, the folks I know with Master’s and Doctorate degrees are uniformly unemployed or underemployed. The problem facing PhDs on the outside is all those false notions they and others have about life on the inside. The “ivory tower” cliché is mostly tripe; yeah, they’re a bit weird at times, but academics are professionals like any other and not precious eccentrics unfit for normal life. Too many of them leave the profession with a false notion that they can’t do anything else, forgetting they’ve spent years learning how to conduct research, solve problems, analyze complex systems, communicate powerfully and effectively, edit documents, complete large-scale tasks, motivate others, and think seriously in a focused way through issues that have baffled others before them. In other words, they’d be an asset to most large organizations. Conversely, those companies tend to be fairly myopic when it comes to who and what skills to exploit and how. What is needed, it seems, are headhunters who specialize in making academics into productive members of society. No egghead left behind!"

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Where Millennials Can Make It Now

Where Millennials Can Make It Now | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Towns Luring Back Their Townies

Prototypes:
Cleveland, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Countless trend stories have been written about young, ambitious people flocking to Detroit because it’s cheaper and in need of fresh ideas. But smaller post-industrial cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh (and its neighboring suburb, Braddock) aren’t under the same spotlight, and most of the young people taking advantage of their virtues are natives. They’ve been there along, reasoning that the economy was too precarious for them to take a risk in a bigger city where had far fewer connections. Or they’ve returned after college or a disappointing stint in a major metropolis, realizing that they need their hometown just as much as their hometown needs them. Albuquerque has been retaining some of its natives, too, especially those who initially flocked to super-pricey California and realized that their quieter, cheaper hometown was the ideal place to ride out the recession.


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SCUP–49, July 2014 is in Pittsburgh.

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Community Colleges Get Strategic About Enrollment

Community Colleges Get Strategic About Enrollment | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

For decades, the community-college sector expanded almost automatically as it helped broaden access to higher education, says Peter S. Bryant, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Noel-Levitz. But waiting for students to show up is no longer enough, says Mr. Bryant, who has seen more business lately from community colleges. "There's a growing realization," he says, "that there has got to be a much more strategic approach."

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Very important message for community college planners about enrollment.

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Many 2013 College & University Landscaping Green Star Award Winners

Many 2013 College & University Landscaping Green Star Award Winners | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Small Site
Honor Award – U. of Missouri – Francis Quadrangle

Residential Landscape
Honor Award – North Carolina State University – Chancellor’s Residence

Golf Course
Honor Award – Berkeley Hall Golf Club

University and College Grounds
Grand Award – University of Mississippi
Honor Award – Southern Methodist University
Honor Award – Western Kentucky University (grounds overseen by Sodexo)
Honor Award – Texas Woman’s University
Honor Award – University of Rochester – Mount Hope Campus
Honor Award – Queens University of Charlotte (grounds overseen by Sodexo)
Honor Award – Marymount College
Honor Award – University of Texas at Dallas
Honor Award – Baylor University
Honor Award – Ohio Northern University (grounds overseen by Sodexo)
Merit Award – Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Merit Award – University of the Cumberlands
Merit Award – Virginia Wesleyan College
Merit Award – University of Iowa

Urban University Grounds
Grand Award – University of Guelph
Honor Award – University of Puget Sound
Honor Award – University of Nevada
Honor Award – University of Alberta
Honor Award – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (grounds overseen by Sodexo)


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Biomedical Research Building Design Competition - Northwestern University

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Northwestern University has selected three architectural firms as finalists in a competition to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on the University’s Chicago campus. Now we’d like to get your input on the proposed designs.

The three finalists in the design competition for the new Biomedical Research Building are:

Northwestern’s Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the winning design, with a decision expected this year.

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An important design on a controversial property.

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I Want to Be a Millennial When I Retire

I Want to Be a Millennial When I Retire | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
For now my son Max writes songs, tours and does what he wants. He is not rich or secure, but why should he measure his life on the same scale as his parents’?
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Are the kids alright?

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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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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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One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco

One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The fate of City College of San Francisco, one of the nation's largest community colleges, rests largely on a state-appointed trustee named Robert Agrella.
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This is a Wall Street Journal article centered on the state-appointed trustee, Robert Agrella, a former community cllege president.

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Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept

Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Backed by $2-million from Mellon, Ms. Cuff and her colleagues are essentially trying to start a small urban-humanities department, which will offer certificates to graduate students. So far, the students hail from history, architecture, urban planning, public policy, philosophy, and geography, among other fields.


"We're all people who are interested in urban issues but are dissatisfied with our own discipline's ability to grapple with those issues," says Jonathan Crisman, project director and a core faculty member in the Urban Humanities Initiative.

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

Thanks to SCUPer Gerry McLaughlin of DePaul University for sharing this, which is of great interest to SCUP members: "The foundation expects to invest up to $15-million in the initial round of projects, which will bring humanities scholars and architects together."

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U.S. Private Colleges Face Enrollment Decline

U.S. Private Colleges Face Enrollment Decline | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Many U.S. private colleges and universities are responding to declining enrollments with closures, layoffs, cutbacks, mergers and new recruitment strategies.
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From 2010 through 2012, freshman enrollment at more than a quarter of U.S. private four-year schools declined 10% or more, according to federal data The Wall Street Journal analyzed. From 2006 through 2009, fewer than one in five experienced a similar decline.

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Education Life: The Disrupters

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Pioneering online upstarts are trying to transform higher education with things like programs intended to make college more affordable and those that dispense with the credit hour and classroom time with a professor in favor of self-paced online...
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Anya Kamenetz writes about these pioneering programs in Education Life, The Times’s quarterly magazine about higher education. It’s part of a package of articles that highlight online experiments, including UniversityNowMinerva and University of the People – intended to make college more affordable as well as more convenient by tapping into web-based technology.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:41 PM

Disruptive new models have parents as well as prospective students looking and reconsidering.   More bloggers are writing  about the problems with large education debt (bankrupcy exempt.)  Economic cycles threaten to turn higher education into high priced vocational schools.


~  Deb

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Boston, March 12–14, 2014 | Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place

Boston, March 12–14, 2014 | Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Join hundreds of peer and colleagues in the region's premier planning event of 2014. "The conference theme encourages presentation and discussion of innovative ways to bring these four areas of institutional planning together to ensure better adherence to the strategic campus mission and project goals, and to “Mind the Gap” by creating better planning outcomes."

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There is no better event in the North Atlantic area. This is the premier planning event in the region.

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Guest Commentary

The Question of the Continued Relevance of the American College Campus by Charles Warner Oakley© Upon reading a recent piece entitled Campus Forever? by Michael Haggans in his blog Campus Matters, ...
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Very good read which has stimulated a thoughtful conversation on CampusMatters.net. 


Understood that, in this human world,  forever is probably not achievable, to me the question becomes: “Can any particular campus last a very long time into the future?” This makes me want to take a look at the past for some guidance on the possibilities. In considering the continuing existence of any particular college campus – as a college campus – the continued existence of the institutions themselves is obviously a threshold issue.

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Do Built Environments Impact Behaviors?

Do Built Environments Impact Behaviors? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In this article— Built Environments Impact Behaviors: Results of an Active Learning Post-Occupancy Evaluation —fresh results from research show that rigorous…
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Non-members can download this article from SCUP through November 15 only. On Friday, November 15 at 2 pm Eastern, two of the authors and other guests will discuss this research and its implications live in the SCUP Mojo. This Learning Environments Roundtable is where additional information will be posted. Please join it to receive updates.

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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?

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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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