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Satellite city for 80,000 people to be built near Chengu, China

Satellite city for 80,000 people to be built near Chengu, China | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Work is about to start on a high-density, car-free "satellite city" for 80,000 people close to Chengdu in China.
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Wow. "The city’s perimeter is defined by a clear edge, from which the city center can be reached on foot within 10 minutes. An extended recreation system connects the pedestrian network to trails that run through the green buffer and surrounding farmland. The infrastructure and public-realm networks include electric shuttles, plazas, parks and links to the recreation system. As a primarily pedestrian city, only half of the road area is allocated to motorized vehicles. All residential units will be within a two-minute walk of a public park."

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The 21st Century Campus Paradox - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

The 21st Century Campus Paradox - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Many worry that traditional higher education is over valued yet also believe that there is something of lasting worth in the shared experiences of campus life…
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This is the paradox of the 21st century campus:  feeling the need for “campus” while technological and pedagogical realities are moving higher education away from the campus.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s comment, February 19, 2013 9:46 AM
Very good read.
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Being a Good Colleague with Social Media | Inside Higher Ed

Being a Good Colleague with Social Media | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Social media is often stereotyped as a frivolous, navel-gazing enterprise, and completely antithetical to the deep thinking and thoughtful questioning of academia. However, most gradhackers know that academia and social media are not at all incompatible. Used well, social media can be a vibrant and fruitful space for networking, exchanging ideas, and--dare I say it--building supportive friendships. Some of my best scholarly friends are folks I initially met on Twitter, and then got to know in person at conferences...

 

What other tips do you have for being a good colleague with social media?"

 

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Not frivolous. But our recent article shows that no one is managing it well on campus.

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Higher education grapples with accreditation in the digital age

Higher education grapples with accreditation in the digital age | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At a recent forum sponsored by Stanford's Graduate School of Education, innovators and experts discussed credits and accountability as online learning and societal shifts transform education.

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Learning from Social Media at Our Institutions #ChangeMojo

Learning from Social Media at Our Institutions #ChangeMojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This week in the Mojo we take a look at social media in higher education. First, we explore Tanya JoostenLaura Pasquini, and Lindsey Harness' article, "Guiding Social Media at Our Institutions."

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Can and should higher education institutions facilitate greater use of social media through institutional support, resources, training, and incentives? So far, there's not much of that going on.

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If you'd had this a year ago, you'd have known more about what was coming your way! - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

If you'd had this a year ago, you'd have known more about what was coming your way! - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Volume 9 of SCUP's Trends in Higher Education has just been published and can be downloaded here by SCUP members, or purchased by others for $125.
Volume 8 of…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Here's a sample of one of the many observations and thoughts available now to the public from Volume 8, by Phllis T.H. Grummon, SCUP's director of education and planning.


Observation


The cost of delivering higher education in the US rose at the smallest rate in the history of the higher education Price index (hePi), less than one percent. the drop was due almost exclusively to a drop in the cost of utilities.


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The ultimate town vs gown

The ultimate town vs gown | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
  When you think of the many times when you walk in the streets of Oxford in a state of boisterous intoxication at night, you can imagine that there must be a local resident or two being woken...
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Town and gown battles going back 658 years.


"[S]tudents nowadays are much gentler than those of yesteryears. A look back at history will reveal the extent of the open hostility between town and gown. This Sunday marks 658th anniversary of the riots of St. Scholastica’s Day, where many students and locals died. The trigger of the riots was a dispute between two students and a taverner on 10th February, 1355. The two students, named Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chestefield, were having a drink at Swyndolnestok Tavern, near the corner of St.Aldate’s and Queen Street. The quality of the wine was not up to their standards, and when the students decided that verbal insults were not enough, they literally poured their dissatisfaction onto the taverner John Croidon by throwing the liquid in his face. The conflict escalated when Croidon got assualted by the students."

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Anne Bosworth's comment, February 14, 2013 12:49 AM
Try reading that first sentence aloud without taking a breath.
Eliane Muret's comment, February 18, 2013 5:31 AM
I think the right verb in the last sentence is... assaulted
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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The end game is degrees that are little more than receipts for work done elsewhere. Empire State, Excelsior, Thomas Edison, all these institutions and more convert a loose set of credits into a diploma, without much of anything resembling a curriculum. A kid named Richard Linder just figured out how to get an Associates Degree by stitching together 60 credits from 8 separate institutions, not one credit of which was earned in a college classroom. (Fully a quarter were from various forms of FEMA certification.) Linder gets an A for moxie, but it doesn’t say much for the institutions nominally policing educational coherence.

 

This vitiation of the diploma is Goodhart’s Law in action, where a socially useful metric becomes increasingly worthless, because the incentives pushing towards adulteration are larger than those pushing towards purity. This is not some bad thing that was done to us in the academy. We did this to ourselves, under the rubric of ordinary accreditation, at nonprofits and state schools. Yet I've never once heard the professors fulminating about MOOCs also suggest shutting down Excelsior College. In the academy, we are terrible at combating threats from the current educational system, but we are terrific at combating threats to it.


The thing to understand about the current conversation is how bad things were, for how many students, long before organizations like University of the People ever launched. In the academy, we’ve been running a grey market in unsupervised internships and larger and larger lectures for a generation already. MOOCs threaten that market."

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

Did you see what he did there, in that title?


Provocative prose from one of the most renowned Internet observers, Clay Shirky.

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STEM and the Community College

STEM and the Community College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers paths heat up, students are getting a good start in their education from a most unexpected source. Community colleges have two distinct roles: certifying technicians for the workforce or providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree.

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What makes an academic leader? | Inside Higher Ed

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"Collegial leadership means that the administrative responsibilities are taken over by one member of the faculty at a time, who becomes a sort of “primus inter pares”. This has consequences for the job criteria: not only must the proposed leader demonstrate managerial capacities (flexible, adaptable, strategic and most of all effective), but she or he must also be a resourceful scholar with a good publication record and deserving academic performance."

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, February 18, 2013 5:52 PM

This is an interesting take on academic administration. I wonder how much of it applies in U.S. higher education, where I work.

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The Creative Walk | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

The Creative Walk | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[W]e know, both intuitively and practically, that socially interactive spaces, furnished with warm materials and rich textures, are beneficial and useful to the people who occupy them. But how do you convince the data-driven person who pays the bills? Buildings cost money. Owners want their dollars to go far. That’s reasonable. It’s because of this that architects are asked to prove that their designs marry performance and efficiency with inspiration and user comfort."

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, February 20, 2013 10:00 AM

This is a fascinating piece about designing workplaces to stimulate creativity and productivity. Having recently come through the design phase for a new library building, I have a better appreciation for what we and our architects came up with, particularly in the attributes of our atrium and thoroughfares.

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College Costs, Battled One Paycheck at a Time

College Costs, Battled One Paycheck at a Time | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The modern realities of soaring tuition and other expenses are testing, but not defeating, the tradition of working one’s way through school.
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It's a rare non-wealthy student who can finish without debt. This is a lengthy, in depth story considering issues and also telling personal stories of students working their way through school

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IT— Planning in a Field That Changes Rapidly and Disrupts Everything - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

IT— Planning in a Field That Changes Rapidly and Disrupts Everything - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Solving the long-range information technology planning problem by cultivating leadership, governance, and integrated planning.


Download the article free through Thursday, February 14, 2013.

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About the authors:

Michael Hites is senior associate vice president for administrative information technology services and CIO at the University of Illinois. He advances collaborative vision, strategy, management, and accountability for enterprise-wide information technology services within the University of Illinois’ multicampus environment. He has also led institutional research, library services, and distance education services. He has developed leadership program curricula and led strategic planning and IT planning for several universities. He is a former member of the SCUP Board of Directors and one of Computerworld’s Premier100 IT Leaders.


Kelly J. Block is assistant vice president for portfolio and planning management and leads the Portfolio and Process Management Office (PPMO) for the Office of the CIO at the University of Illinois. The PPMO focuses on providing services, tools, and standards for project and portfolio management, IT governance, and business process improvement.

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Mojo Week 6 | Change-Disruption | Learning from Mobile Computing and the Impacts on Campus - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Mojo Week 6 | Change-Disruption | Learning from Mobile Computing and the Impacts on Campus - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

From wired to wireless, mobile computing is changing how students, faculty, and staff connect with the university and each other. Colin Currie's article "Impact of Mobile Computing: Anticipating the Effects on the Campus" addresses  the latest change and disruption  in higher education caused by smart phones and tablets.

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Currie is CIO at Princeton University.

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Socialstructing Higher Education

What does the future hold for higher education? In this short animated film, we consider one set of possibilities based on current signals and trends.
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What could being an architecture student look like in 2020?

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Does Student Affairs Need a Technology MOOC? #saMOOC | Inside Higher Ed

Does Student Affairs Need a Technology MOOC? #saMOOC | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Does your student affairs / higher education graduate program have a technology class? Have you ever hoped for a student affairs technology book? Maybe it's time to look at something outside of our usual wheelhouse. What am I talking about? Well, last October, I tweeted out a question about whether or not we should look at creating a Student Affairs Technology MOOC."

 

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Perhaps we should call ours a pMOOC?

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The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World by Marina Gorbis

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

Gorbis is a keynote speaker at SCUP's 48th annual conference in San Diego, July 27–31, 2013.


Gorbis’s current research focus is social production (aggregating microcontributions from large networks of people utilizing social tools and technologies to create a new kind of wealth) and how it is changing the face of business, medicine, education, banking, scientific research, and government, a topic explored in detail in her 2013 book, The Nature of the Future: Dispatches from the Socialstructed World. She explores how new technologies are giving individuals so much power to connect and share resources that we are entering a new era and inventing radically new types of organizations and services. She holds a BA in psychology and a master’s of public policy from UC Berkeley.

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Anticipating and Planning for Technologies - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Anticipating and Planning for Technologies - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
  • Guiding Social Media at Our Institutions by Tanya Joosten, Laura Pasquini, and Lindsey Harness— "The pedagogical benefit of social media use beyond its application as a motivational technique continues to be unaddressed by many universities." In our PlanningInterview with Joosten, we joked that the title could well have been "[No One Is] Guiding Social Media at Our Institutions."
    • Read the article (PDF)
    • Watch the Planning Interview with Tanya Joosten.
    • Podcast and transcript coming soon.
       
  • Impact of Mobile Computing: Anticipating the Effects on the Campus by Colin Currie— "Familiarity with mobile web use and the incorporation of that technology into our teaching and learning practices are quickly becoming key literacies."
    • Read the article (PDF)
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These two articles are available for one week only in SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo.

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Reimagining Financial Aid To Improve Student Access and Outcomes - National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Reimagining Financial Aid To Improve Student Access and Outcomes - National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 13, 2013. As the student aid programs rapidly approach reauthorization in 2014, they continue to face severe funding and efficiency problems. With grant assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through their 'Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery' (RADD) project, NASFAA today released a policy brief examining the current systems of student aid with an eye towards reimagining how they could be improved in the future. This report does not make specific recommendations, but rather puts forward broad ideas intended to generate discussion and debate with the goal of advancing key policy issues facing student aid.


'The issues discussed in this brief were generated through a multi-step process, layered with healthy, challenging, and innovative discussion regarding the current and future states of the federal student aid programs,' said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. 'While none of these policy considerations are put forward as definitive solutions, they are all worthy of additional consideration and discussion.'”

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

The policy brief delves into four major areas of future study, including:  


  1. The Value of Institutional and Student “Skin in the Game” 
  2. Student Loan Reform
  3. Streamlining and Improving Consumer Information 
  4. Rethinking Entitlement and Professional Judgment
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launches inquiry on campus financial products

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launches inquiry on campus financial products | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is launching an inquiry into the impact of financial products marketed to students through colleges and universities. The CFPB intends to use the information gathered to determine whether these arrangements are in the best interest of students.


“We have seen many colleges establish relationships with financial institutions to offer banking services to their students,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “The Bureau wants to find out whether students using college-endorsed banking products are getting a good deal.”

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We all knew this was coming.

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Times Higher Education - Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Times Higher Education - Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Harry, one final question. Why are we pretending to be a TV show in a book review?"


"Because we're stuck in a pastiche of Wheelan's frequently used CSI analogy."

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From: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data


By Charles Wheelan

W.W. Norton, 320pp, £18.99

ISBN 9780393071955

Published 7 February 2013

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Offline: love, loss, and dating without Facebook

Offline: love, loss, and dating without Facebook | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There’s only been one girl in this year without the internet. I liked her "that way," and she didn’t like me "that way," and so that was that. But it was fun while it almost lasted.
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"I was surprised how little I 'knew' about her from my hours of conversation, versus his minutes of Google work." 


Worth a skim to think about "real" versus "virtual"

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Are Colleges in the Northeast Prepared for the New Demographic Reality?

Are Colleges in the Northeast Prepared for the New Demographic Reality? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

these trends should also serve as a call for higher education and state government leaders to look for creative solutions. As my co-authors and I suggest in our new book, Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education, successful institutions in the future will need to be mission driven, adaptable, and seek out partnerships with the community. When faced with these changing demographics, many institutions will want to respond by expanding programs, often without consideration of their core mission and risking losing their distinctiveness. Successful institutions should instead focus on aligning and strengthening those programs that support the institution’s mission. In competitive markets, institutions need to find way to distinguish themselves from other competitors and staying mission focused is an important first step. When looking to expand the mission, make sure it is strategic and purposeful.


But both states and institutions need to look for ways to adapt to changing demographics and economic conditions. To offset declining local enrollments, institutions will have to look at new populations within the state and reach further into the out-of-state market. In some regions, institutions can target nontraditional students, helping midcareer workers to retool their skills; or expanding access to minority and first-generation college students. When looking out of state, institutions need to look beyond the Northeast. They need to target growth markets in the South and West of the United States (where many Northeasterners have relocated), as well as nations such as China and India that lack the capacity to serve the growing demand for higher education. Institutions in the Northeast might also look at ways to tap into the Canadian market, which is close, but often overlooked.


Finally, institutions should look for ways to partner with each other and other entities to provide low-cost and flexible arrangements to students.

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The Northeast is deeper in touble than elsewhere.

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SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo - Join our collegial odyssey—based on v41n1 of "Planning for Higher Education"

SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo - Join our collegial odyssey—based on v41n1 of "Planning for Higher Education" | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo is a social network
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Wow, really like this.

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