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U Montana in Missoula inks sexual assault and harassment agreement with DoJ

U Montana in Missoula inks sexual assault and harassment agreement with DoJ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

USDOJ: Departments of Justice and Education Reach Settlement to Address and Prevent Sexual Assault and Harassment of Students at the University of Montana in Missoula

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Colby College Eliminates Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Declaring Itself Climate Neutral

Colby College Eliminates Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Declaring Itself Climate Neutral | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The college has met its goal in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and declared itself climate neutral. That means—essentially, with some caveats—that the college has zero greenhouse-gas emissions.


After signing the climate commitment, Colby set a goal of reaching climate neutrality by 2015—a date far sooner than most other institutions that had signed. Only three other colleges have achieved climate neutrality under the commitment: the College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, and the University of Minnesota at Morris. (However, the College of the Atlantic may no longer be climate neutral—more on that below.)

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Congratulations from SCUP.

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How to portray an institution as inherent.

Thousands of images from the University Communication and Marketing department, working to tell the stories of the students, staff, and faculty who make The University of Iowa an extraordinary place.
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State of the art. Be prepared to lose yourself.

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Perry's Vision For University Of Texas Criticized

Perry's Vision For University Of Texas Criticized | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There's a debate across the country over how well universities are preparing graduates for the real world, and whether colleges should operate more like businesses. That debate is particularly heated in Texas, where Gov.
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UT and A&M are absolutely on the frontline here. You know, for the reformers we've got to transform universities into profit-motivated corporations. And on the other side is the faculty, the university administration, the alumni association, and many powerful players in the state legislature. And this is important because even though the state legislature is Republican, there's a lot of loyalty to UT there. So it's a battle of the titans.

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Perry's Vision For University Of Texas Criticized : NPR

Perry's Vision For University Of Texas Criticized  : NPR | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There's a debate across the country over how well universities are preparing graduates for the real world, and whether colleges should operate more like businesses. That debate is particularly heated in Texas, where Gov.
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The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead for Accreditation

The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead for Accreditation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A conversation with Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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College of Saint Mary

College of Saint Mary | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

College of Saint Mary supports the concept of a Federal College Scorecard in order to provide transparency and comparative information to prospective students and their parents. While theFederal College Scorecard attempts to address these issues, there are limitations in that only students who are attending college for the first time are reflected in some of this data. College of Saint Mary, like many other colleges and universities across the nation, serves a large number of transfer and non-traditional students, who are very successful and yet are not reflected in the Federal College Scorecard. In addition, much of the data on the Federal College Scorecard does not explicitly state the time period over which the data was collected.

 

College of Saint Mary has thus assembled our own CSM College Scorecard, which clearly addresses both of these limitations. We believe that the CSM College Scorecard is a more accurate reflection of the students College of Saint Mary serves.

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Why Higher Education Is a Public Good, Not Just a Private Investment

Why Higher Education Is a Public Good, Not Just a Private Investment | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Robert B. Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator, and has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. 


Reich will address three key drivers of change in the economy that make higher education more important than ever—not just for individuals who will need a degree to an adequate income—but for our economy and society. Those drivers are (1) globalization, (2) technology, and (3) demographics.

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Reich will speark on Sunday, July 28, 2013, 5:30 PM–6:45 PM in San Diego at the forth-eight annual conrerence of the Society for College and University Planning.

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Israel Herrera's comment, May 8, 2013 6:25 PM
La Educación es un derecho y no debe ser vista como un negocio, una sociedad altamente civilizada tratará como prioridad siempre la supervivencia de la especie humana
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New higher education budget, formula passes

Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) said more than a third of the total is one-time funding, mostly for new buildings and the budget for ongoing expenses is up 12 percent.

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“This is OK for students,” he said of the budget. “We can live with this.” More than $154 million was allocated for buildings, including a new medical school at the University of North Dakota and more than $13 million combined for Williston State College’s campus drive project ($1.7 million) and Stevens Hall project ($11.63 million).

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Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize

Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Call for the 2013 Perry Chapman Prize is live through May only. Respondents are asked to address the question: 
How does the physical campus support instit…
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SCUP will soon publish the monograph, "Research on Learning Space Design: Present State, Future Directions," by Susan Painter, Janice Fournier, Caryn Grape, Phyllis Grummon, Jill Morelli, Susan Whitmer, and Joseph Cevetello. This team received the 2012 Perry Chapman Prize to support their work.


From the introduction to the report from the 2012 recipients:


"Although several hundred articles and a number of books on these topics had been written by the fall of 2012, the field is still at an early stage of development. A first step in creating value from this existing body of work is to gather, summarize, and evaluate how far the field has come in identifying the elements that will allow us to thoughtfully design learning spaces and evaluate their impact. This was the purpose of the project being reported here: a literature review undertaken by a small group of researchers and campus architects/planners who had applied for and been awarded a small grant from the Perry Chapman estate, administered through the Sasaki Foundation in honor of M. Perry Chapman and administered by the Society for College and University Planning."


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, May 7, 2013 2:41 AM

Library spaces - "The researchers used mapping exercises, student-gathered photographs, surveys, interviews, and design charrettes. Their findings paint a detailed picture of students’ study lives that has implications for institutions that want to make the library relevant to those lives: 

Students are highly scheduled and on the go all of the time. There is no “average” day for a student. Academic, social, recreational, work, volunteer, and personal activities are all in the mix and each day is different. They eat on the go and carry their belongings with them, although they don’t carry their laptops. Students’ schedules are “offset” from librarians’ schedules. Students study in the library, at home/in their dorms, and in the computer lab. They use computer technology throughout the day and in multiple locations.

 The researchers also reported results from the design charrettes that show student needs and preferences:

Flexibility: spaces that meet a variety of needs. Students want to move easily among the spaces. Group and individual study areas are important, as are spaces to relax, a café, and computing and media viewing areas.   Comfort: spaces that provide comfort and have a “family room” atmosphere. This includes easy access to coffee and food, natural light, and an environment with soothing textures, sounds, and great warmth. The space should support sitting, slouching, putting one’s feet up, and lying down.  Technology: technology and tools should be intuitively integrated into the space. This includes high-end technology such as media players, smart boards, and plasma screens as well as low-tech items such as power outlets, staplers, and three-hole punch tools.Staff support: Students rarely made distinctions between the types of staff they needed in the library; rather, they expected to interact with a generic staff member who would be able to provide reference assistance, check out materials, answer IT questions, and brew a great latte. There were very few mentions of a reference or information desk. Librarians cannot assume that they know how students do their academic work or what they need.Resources: students included library materials in their designs, ranging from academic and reference books to leisure magazines and DVDs.  " Ackn. SCUP
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Innovate or Resist: What's Your Strategy for Technological Disruption?

Innovate or Resist: What's Your Strategy for Technological Disruption? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Indeed, the overarching theme of this new age is that within higher education, a profound shift in power is occurring. At the extremes, faculty and institutions have only two choices: innovate or resist."

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City College of San Francisco Reaches Pact With a Key Group of Faculty Leaders

City College of San Francisco Reaches Pact With a Key Group of Faculty Leaders | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The City College of San Francisco, which is under pressure from its accreditor to streamline its governance structure and make other changes, has reached a key labor agreement that is expected to save the institution $1.6-million a year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The agreement with the Department Chair Council, an unusual bargaining unit for faculty leaders, reduces the number of department chairs to 39 from 61, requires the chairs to work on the campus five days a week, and trims total stipends by $170,000.


John Rizzo, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, said the pact was “very important” and will show the accreditor “that we can make labor agreements, that we’re functional.”

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'Fail Fast'

Any failure at all is dangerous to admit, so it’s politically better to let a substandard program limp along than to be the bad guy who actually pulls the plug.  We start things slowly -- “pilot” is the term of art -- and then scale them up (or not) based only partly on results. To make matters worse, many states now are basing significant portions of their appropriations on “performance,” as measured by numerical goals for, say, graduation rates. In that setting, fast failure can quickly become permanent, since this year’s drop saps the resources that could have gone to trying something new next year.

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Perhapsthe author, Matt Reed, could explain his theory in a Planning for Higher Education article?

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Infographic: Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably)

Infographic: Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
You may have heard that the highest-paid employee in each state is usually the football coach at the largest state school. This is actually a gross mischaracterization: Sometimes it is the basketball coach.
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But, somehow in all the virality of this coah versus president interest peak, no one seems to have noticed that one thing they ALL have in common, in every state, is that they are paid by a university.

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Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street bankers. But Robert B. Reich, one of our most experienced and trusted voices on public policy, suggests another reason for the meltdown.

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Reich keynotes SCUP–48 later this summer. 

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SCUP–48 | Early Registration Deadline Monday, May 17 to save $75

SCUP–48 | Early Registration Deadline Monday, May 17 to save $75 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Lots of hard work went into planning this event. Join 1,500+ professionals in San Diego, July 27–31, at the Society for College and University Planning's 48th annual conference, "Cultivate Integration."

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Infographic: Should Everyone Go to College?

Infographic: Should Everyone Go to College? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
On average, the benefits of a college degree outweigh their costs.
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There is enormous variation in the so-called return to education depending on factors such as institution attended, field of study, whether a student graduates, and post-graduation occupation. While the average return to obtaining a college degree is clearly positive, we emphasize that it is not universally so. For certain schools, majors, occupations, and individuals, college may not be a smart investment. By telling all young people that they should go to college no matter what, we are actually doing some of them a disservice.

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:34 PM

Woa, dog.  Better analyze this one if you have kids of college age!

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's comment, May 9, 2013 11:59 PM
I think we tell ALL young people this is the route. Nobody I know tells all kids this is not the route. Most tell them this IS the panacea.
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If a president asks you, 'How much campus do I really need now, in five years, ten, fifteen?

If a president asks you, 'How much campus do I really need now, in five years, ten, fifteen? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Assuming this— In an era when all the growth in higher education seems to be online, long-term planners must balance demographic projections and other trends…
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  1. Who needs massive new classroom buildings and dorms if the future of education will be mostly digital?
  2. On the other hand, how do you avoid under-building?
  3. How do you plan for the future if you don’t know what it looks like?
  4. What are the most important factors are in deciding how many and what type of physical facilities a campus really needs and can reasonably expect to need in the decades to come?
  5. What must college and university leaders consider when updating a campus Master Plan?
  6. How to get to facilities (including research spaces) being more flexible in accommodating a multitude of different classroom applications (e.g., labs, lectures, etc.)?
  7. How to factor in the future likelihood of widespread hybrid/online-only classes on space?
  8. What are some examples of campus’ facilities plans that have taken at least some of the above factors into account?
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Thelma Isaiah's comment, May 8, 2013 6:07 AM
well written and good thinking, keep it up. visit http://www.unn.edu.ng for interesting articles.
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Is the Architecture World Sexist? | Picture This | Big Think

Is the Architecture World Sexist? | Picture This | Big Think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Women have come a long way in the arts, but there’s still a long way to go.
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“There’s a million ways to be a woman. There’s a million ways to be a mother. And there’s a million ways to be an architect.” But is there only one way to be a successful, prize-winning, women architect?

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Essay suggests that MOOCs are losing their original worthy goals | Inside Higher Ed

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MOOCs are being used by many institutions to avoid actually having to discuss issues like ownership of curriculum, scalability and strategic online growth. 

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Enstitute, an Alternative to College for a Digital Elite

Enstitute, an Alternative to College for a Digital Elite | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
For a small group of the young, digital elite, Enstitute seeks to challenge the conventional wisdom that top professional jobs always require a bachelor’s degree.
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“They are not debating Chaucer; they are debating product features,” says Mr. Sarhan, who graduated from Pace University. “But it’s the same idea of how do I write down and communicate an argument.”

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2013 Perry Chapman Prize Call for Submissions Now Open Thru May Only

2013 Perry Chapman Prize Call for Submissions Now Open Thru May Only | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Question: "How does the physical campus support institutional missions of learning and engagement?"


The 2013 Perry Chapman Prize call for submissions will be open through May 31. Proposals are expected to address the question: "How does the physical campus support institutional missions of learning and engagement?" A research prize will be awarded to the winning proposal. More information can be found at www.scup.org/perrychapman.

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This has a very short application window, basically the month of May, so pay attention at once if you are interested. Ten thousand dollars a year could come in handy for the right project.

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Mohammed Larhzal Sté Batizal's curator insight, May 6, 2013 5:36 AM

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New Techniques from Google and Ray Kurzweil Are Taking Artificial Intelligence to Another Level

New Techniques from Google and Ray Kurzweil Are Taking Artificial Intelligence to Another Level | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

All this has normally cautious AI researchers hopeful that intelligent machines may finally escape the pages of science fiction. Indeed, machine intelligence is starting to transform everything from communications and computing to medicine, manufacturing, and transportation. The possibilities are apparent in IBM’s Jeopardy!-winning Watson computer, which uses some deep-learning techniques and is now being trained to help doctors make better decisions. Microsoft has deployed deep learning in its Windows Phone and Bing voice search.

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Good survey of the current landscape. Includes a concise history of AI research going back to even before Turing.

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U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Plans to Add 500 Full-Time Professors

U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Plans to Add 500 Full-Time Professors | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The hiring spree over the next five to seven years will attempt to restore the size of the university's faculty in 2007, before the recession hit.
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The hires will be made in two ways, said Barbara J. Wilson, executive vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. Some new hires will fill traditional roles in academic departments. Others will be hired in clusters.

The "cluster hires," Ms. Wilson said, will be sorted into the six areas that have been identified by the university's "Visioning Future Excellence at Illinois" project, an effort begun by the chancellor to map out the university's needs for the future. The review focused on two questions: "What are society's most pressing issues?" and "What distinctive and signature role can Illinois play in addressing those issues in the next 20 to 50 years?"

After receiving input from professors, staff members, students, and community leaders, Ms. Wilson said, the focus areas were narrowed to: energy and the environment, health and wellness, social equality and cultural understanding, information and technology, economic development, and education.


"The cluster hires will be distributed across campus, and some may even be cross-department hires," Ms. Wilson said. "They will be the best people we can bring to campus to take what we're currently doing to the next level in those areas."

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