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Suzy Lee Weiss: To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me

Suzy Lee Weiss: To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, high-school senior Suzy Lee Weiss imagines how her fate might have differed if she had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.
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Lab Equipment Made With 3-D Printers Could Cut Costs by 97%

Lab Equipment Made With 3-D Printers Could Cut Costs by 97% | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"One concerted attempt to replace commercially available lab equipment with items generated largely with 3-D printing technology found that costs could be cut by as much as 97 percent, according to the study’s findings, which were published this week in PLOS One."

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new book— "Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality"

Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

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Writing about this book in Inside Higher Ed, Allie Grasgreen says:


"The students who end up at Midwestern University – a pseudonym for the flagship institution where Armstrong and Hamilton follow a group of women through their college careers, from the dorm floor to a year post-graduation – are socially minded. Thus, to lure and keep those students, institutions have come to structure their academic and social frameworks in a way that accommodates that population.


The result of this 'party pathway' is more than just a substandard education for those students, whose significant family resources and connections -- which set them up for jobs after graduation, regardless of credentials -- allow them to take easy majors and spend as much time if not more drinking as they do studying. It also deters those on the “mobility pathway,” as those low-income students seeking entry into the middle class are both poorly supported and distracted by the party framework. As a result, many of these students struggle to succeed -- meandering through college for six years or more -- or drop out altogether."

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Verity Dogood's comment, April 8, 2013 5:45 PM
While the author makes a valid point - it's not new.Apparently the author and the intended audience never saw "Animal House" Those grey panthers (like me) who remember that also remember John Belushi's comment when they frat was kicked out of university "Seven years of college down the drain" - this has been going on for years.
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Is This the Google of Green Building?

Is This the Google of Green Building? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A new USGBC search tool allows users plain English information about the green building characteristics of buildings and cities.
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Au Science Magazine Issue 6: Hidden Science

Issue 6 of Au Science Magazine, produced entirely by students at the University of Aberdeen! This time we're taking a look at Hidden Science, along with our regular features and news section.
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This is featured by Scientific American as a significant undergraduate project.
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book excerpt: Change is a People Process - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

book excerpt: Change is a People Process - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We are pleased to share Chapter One: Change is a People Process (pdf) of the society's forthcoming book, The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education.

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Get your copy in SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo. 


Robert P. Delprino is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Buffalo State. He is a graduate of the SCUP Planning Institute and serves as a faculty trainer for the institute. He is an appointed member of Buffalo State’s Planning Council, which guides the planning and implementation of the college’s strategic plan. He earned his doctorate degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Old Dominion University and his master’s degree in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.


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Forecasting Higher Education - OnlineDegrees.org

Forecasting Higher Education - OnlineDegrees.org | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Discover the technologies that the New Media Consortium are saying will impact higher education in the coming years.
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SCUP Radio— This is where the answers are

SCUP Radio— This is where the answers are | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Listen to— John Casteen (former UVA president) and Glenn DuBois (chancellor of the Virginia Community College System) about their forthcoming opening and closing plenary sessions at SCUP's 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at Georgetown on April 7–9: "Is higher education still the gateway for opportunity in America?" They are optimistic!

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A look at all 15 Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery reports from the Gates Foundation

But over all, the papers are more a cacophony of competing recommendations than they are a coherent policy agenda. The ideas that frequently recur might be politically ambitious (requiring colleges to disclose more data on graduates' employment and earnings, or automatically enrolling all student borrowers in income-based loan repayment), but they are discrete, small-bore policy prescriptions, not a broad vision for the future of federal financial aid.

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In the end, many papers warned explicitly against such an approach, arguing that colleges and the federal government need to do more to increase completion without compromising access. Many papers (a full list with links is here, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has created achart comparing recommendations) call for a radical overhaul of financial aid. All share some assumptions critical of financial aid in its current, access-oriented form. The organizations describe the system as broken: “inefficient, inequitable and inadequate,” in the words of the Education Trust; “based on a set of assumptions that no longer hold,” according to the Committee for Economic Development; a system that the National College Access Network wrote “cannot continue without change.”

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Accreditor's new standards raise bar for serving the public— "service" now officially a requirement

“We felt it was important to make a statement -- that education is a public good,” said Sylvia Manning, president of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

As a result, the commission included language describing how colleges must first serve the public -- rather than themselves or outside interests -- as part of its updated criteria for accreditation. The document lays out standards of quality that colleges must meet to earn accreditation or have it reaffirmed, which is required every 10 years.


The revised standards are getting an early test, as a commission review team last month recommended a sanction of probation for the University of Phoenix, the nation’s biggest university. According to a corporate filing from the Apollo Group, which is Phoenix’s holding company, a sentence in the public good section is what tripped up the university in its bid for reaccreditation.


That language reads: “The institution’s educational responsibilities take primacy over other purposes, such as generating financial returns for investors, contributing to a related or parent organization or supporting external interests.”

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An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead [IPPR]

An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead [IPPR] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Our belief is that deep, radical and urgent transformation is required in higher education as much as it is in school systems." Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly, Saad Rizvi; Foreword byLarry Summers.

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Download the full PDF document here (PDF). [IPPR]
 

This wide-ranging essay aims to provoke creative dialogue and challenge complacency in our traditional higher education institutions.

'Just as globalisation and technology have transformed other huge sectors of the economy in the past 20 years, in the next 20 years universities face transformation.'


With a massive diversification in the range of providers, methods and technologies delivering tertiary education worldwide, the assumptions underlying the traditional relationship between universities, students and local and national economies are increasingly under great pressure – a revolution is coming.

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How Washington Could Make College Tuition Free (Without Spending a Penny More on Education)

How Washington Could Make College Tuition Free (Without Spending a Penny More on Education) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Washington already spends enough on student aid to cover tuition for each and every public college student in America. Maybe it's time to give that a try?
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Here's a little known fact: With what the federal government spent on its various and sundry student aid initiatives last year, it could have covered the tuition bill of every student at every public college in the country. Doing so might have required cutting off financial aid at Yale, Amherst, the University of Phoenix, and every other private university. But at this point, that might be a trade worth considering. 

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Rechetana Rathore's comment, March 21, 2013 8:58 AM
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Community colleges do the “heavy lifting” on college graduation goals :: Reengineering Virginia's Community Colleges

Community colleges do the “heavy lifting” on college graduation goals :: Reengineering Virginia's Community Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“Perhaps the space between the median income of Virginia families and the cost of a baccalaureate degree has become one of those unmet needs we were built to address.”

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Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor Glenn DuBois, speaking at his annual Planning Retreat. Chancellor DuBois is the closing plenary speaker at SCUP's Mid-Atlantic Region's 2013 conference at Georgetown University on April 7–9, "Academic Relevance—Is Higher Education Still the Gateway to Opportunity in America?"


“Dropping out of high school or refusing to attend college can doom generations of a family to a cycle of failure…,” he said. “These 21st Century students, my friends, represent our biggest challenge. The best thing I can say about them is that they give us a reason to get up in the morning and make a difference.”


Hear the audio of this presentation

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Duke Adds Two New LEED Certifications | Duke Today Mobile

Duke Adds Two New LEED Certifications | Duke Today Mobile | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Duke now has 26 LEED-certified buildings.


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Congratulations to Duke U. Great sustainability leaders there.

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CCUMC 2012 - The Innovative Instructional Space Repository - A Searchable Design Resource

From the CCUMC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 3-7, 2012. The Innovative Instructional Space Repository - A Searchable Design Resource, presented by...
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FlexSpace— What do you think of the concept?

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Building Resilience | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Building Resilience | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"We have an opportunity here step up to the plate and play an important role in enhancing and creating the social capital that makes our communities and our society resilient. While I love and value aesthetics and believe fervently that beauty matters, our work as urban designers and landscape architects is more than a matter of creating artful places. We can, and should, learn to design to increase social connectedness. What would that look like?"

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What does this look like for a college campus?

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The Last Higher Education Frontier: New mountain college towns

"[A] growing cohort of rural communities is creating contemporary college towns, and in the process, optimizing workforce development, and diversifying educational and cultural opportunities. These place-bound communities are partnering with town-gown municipal agencies, Chambers of Commerce, economic development commissions, and other mission complementary civic organizations to create mountain college towns—great places to visit, live, learn, raise families, and build businesses."

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The quote and link above go to University Business magazine. Here is an in depth local news story about the Whitefish Collegetown Project, which indicates that this month (March 2013) there was an ongoing needs assessment, that would then be followed by a year or two of planning.

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Survey— International Town & Gown Assessment 2013

Thank you for participating in this inaugural baseline survey effort to establish a knowledge base of current practices in the increasingly complex field of campus-community, or "town-gown," relations and development. The survey is organized in five sections:

Campus Edge Development
Economic Development
Off Campus Housing/Students Living in the Community
Shared Services
Friction Points

You will not have to answer every question, so feel free to skip any questions not applicable to your role or circumstances. Please provide as much detail as your time and survey space allows when responding to the open-ended completion questions. Since this is the very first survey in what is planned to be an annual project, there are several open-ended follow-up questions which will help us in formatting future iterations. All responses will be confidential and any reporting of results will be in aggregate form only.

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We urge those with relevant knowledge to complete this survey and share it. Thanks to Brailsford & Dunlavey and ITGA for this benchmarking first survey about Town & Gown.

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Activists at Colleges Network to Fight Sexual Assault

Activists at Colleges Network to Fight Sexual Assault | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Campaigns against sexual assault on campuses have connected people who, while sometimes seeking advice elsewhere, have largely learned from one another.
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Campus crisis managers and planners need to be aware of this trend. Maybe we could get ahead of it by changing the structures and processes that are currently inadequate?

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Breaking the Tyranny of the Academic Calendar - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Breaking the Tyranny of the Academic Calendar - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In competency-based programs, student learning is assessed through tests, portfolios, clinical observations, and other measurements of knowledge. Of course, mixing and matching that system with one based on seat time would be difficult, and perhaps impossible, unless the two sides agreed on common outcomes.


“If we all work from common outcomes,” says Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, “we won’t have to care where or how students addressed those outcomes as long as they are well developed, agreed upon, and backed with rigorous assessments.”

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Crisis Planning— UC Florida Survives a Near Miss

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Excellent work by the crisis and emergency response people on this campus. Kudos.

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Sequester Watch: Air Force and Coast Guard Suspend Tuition Assistance Programs

Last week the Marine Corps and the Army both announced they would discontinue their programs, which provide active-duty service members with up to $4,500 a year to participate in high-school completion courses and certificate programs, or to work toward a college degree.

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League for Innovation, Day 1 | Dean Dad | Behavioral economics and 'initiative fatigue'

"Finally, Diana Oblinger, the President and CEO of Educause, gave a plenary that picked up largely where Sebastian left off.  She went through a host of examples of colleges that are using analytics and other software in fascinating ways, of which my favorite was Austin Peay State University’s program that gives students “top ten” course recommendations for the following semester, complete with projected grades.  The idea is to keep students on track by “nudging” them towards the “right” choices.

As Oblinger went through her examples, I was struck by the heavy (acknowledged) borrowing from behavioral economics.  Behavioral economics uses observed behavior to change the ways that people make decisions.  For example, people are easily overwhelmed by too many options; sometimes they’ll just walk away rather than make a choice.  (Note the parallel to “initiative fatigue.”)  If we don’t have the stomach to mandate decisions, but we don’t want students to just throw up their hands at seemingly infinite options, then we can use “nudging” to push students towards the choices we want them to make.  Top ten lists are a way to do that.  Students are still free to go off the top ten list, but most don’t."

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"The second presentation, by President Susan Karr and academic vice president Lee Ann Nutt of Lone Star College in Houston, addressed “initiative fatigue.”  Anyone who has worked in administration for very long knows the drill: every year or two a new project with a new acronym comes along, and most of the usual suspects address the same questions they addressed last year.  Over time, the various projects overlap, deadlines start to crash into each other, people start to forget what got said where, and after a few years, people start to adopt a “been there, done that” attitude.

They took a crack at breaking initiative fatigue by setting up a coordinating committee with a master chart of outcomes.  The idea was to map who was doing what, so redundancies could be identified and undue duplication avoided.  (Presumably, it could also help identify the areas of minimal coverage, where future projects would be welcome, and areas of ample coverage, where the horse is well and truly dead.)  Yes, it’s almost a parody of administration to suggest a “committee on committees,” but in practice it can make a lot of sense."

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At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators

At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Who should lead innovation in education—teachers or entrepreneurs? That key question was in the air here at this year’s South-by-Southwest Edu conference, which brought together a mix of entrepreneurs and educators for four days of panels and a competition for education start-ups.

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Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise

Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Daylighting and ramps are, indeed, good design — respectively, they save building owners money by conserving energy and allow access to people with disabilities. So is centrally locating a generously sized grand staircase that encourages able-bodied people to walk rather than ride an elevator — it could be one of the key weapons in the battle against obesity.

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With regard to active design, SCUP member Jim Kalvelage of Opsis Architecture is quoted: "Some of it we do naturally — it's kind of how we think about stuff. I can think of a lot of great examples of what it means in terms of the interconnection of indoor and outdoor space, or the design of stairs that make you want to go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. One of the very first recreation centers I worked on was a two-story building on a sloping topography, so it used a ramp to move between floors so that people were actually interacting with the building instead of coming down an elevator."

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