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For Fun: M.C. Escher Drawings brought to Life via 3-D Printer by Israeli Professor

For Fun:  M.C. Escher Drawings brought to Life via 3-D Printer by Israeli Professor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Interesting, especially if you know little about 3-D printing.

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'Be Prepared' for Policy Windows—When Cultivating Campus Change

'Be Prepared' for Policy Windows—When Cultivating Campus Change | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
'Be Prepared' for Policy Windows—Cultivating Campus Change by Vicki Squires of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon is our reading for the first week of o…
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Get the article by April 25 in the Planning for Higher Ed Mojo.


Watch the Planning Interview video with the author.


Listen to or download (mp3) the Planning Interview podcast (audio, coming soon)

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For Community Colleges, a National Spotlight Is a Mixed Blessing

For Community Colleges, a National Spotlight Is a Mixed Blessing | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The expectations legislatures place on them are higher than ever, campus chiefs said at [the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)] gathering in San Francisco, but they're finding more understanding, too."

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This time around, the scrutiny reflects a more nuanced understanding of the challenges that two-year colleges face.

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Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’

Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We quote, from The Bangor Daily News: "Now, to add insult to injury, The University of Maine, Presque Isle — anybody here been up there to see that damn windmill in the back yard? Guess what, if it’s not blowing wind outside and they have somebody visiting the campus, they have a little electric motor that turns the blades. I’m serious. They have an electric motor so they can show people that wind power works.


Unbelievable. And that’s the government that you have here in the state of Maine."

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Asked about this curious claim, the University spokesperson’s first response was to literally laugh out loud. There is no motor. The project is actually a success story for the university, and for Maine. This was the first mid-sized turbine installed by a university in the state, has a 600 kilowatt capacity, and has produced 680,000 kwh worth of clean electricity in its first year. That’s $100,000 off the University of Maine at Preque Isle’s utility bill, and 572 tons of CO2 not burnedinto the atmosphere.

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The End of the Home Computer: Why PC Sales Are Collapsing

The End of the Home Computer: Why PC Sales Are Collapsing | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Worldwide PC sales saw a record drop this quarter, as consumers turn to tablets for their entertainment needs.
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Now this is what an industry looks like when it goes into free-fall.

Market research firm IDC reported yesterday that worldwide personal computers had their sharpest drop ever for a single quarter, plummeting nearly 14 percent compared to the first three months of 2012. Among the big players, only one company, Lenovo, shipped as many units as last year. The carnage was worst for HP, which saw its PC sales tumble 23 percent, and ACER, which suffered a 31.3 drop. But as AllThingsD notes, not even Apple escaped unscathed. Its Mac sales slowed 7.5 percent in North America, its top market. 

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:43 PM

Tablets for learning.

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A Better Way to Diversify Colleges

A Better Way to Diversify Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
If private colleges banded together, they could collectively offer spots to the top two students in every one of the nation's 29,705 public high schools.
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If private colleges and universities formed a nationwide consortium, they could build a "percentage plan" of their own without the constraints imposed by state legislatures. Just as within large state systems, private institutions run the gamut nationally from prestigious research universities to more locally oriented bodies. If they joined together, they could collectively offer guaranteed admission, need-based financial aid, and support programs to the valedictorian and salutatorian of every one of the 29,705 public high schools in the United States.

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Building on the Cloud: Gehry and Box Overhaul Architecture With New Paperless Service

Building on the Cloud: Gehry and Box Overhaul Architecture With New Paperless Service | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Gehry Technologies has spent the last several decades developing a digital system for sharing and working on architectural plans and diagrams and other types of building information modeling, and now he's trying to share it across the industry,...
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“It’s a category that’s really well suited to the cloud when you think about the kind of scale of data that exists in a lot of these projects,” he says. “You know, some of them range to terabytes of information.”


Not only are the files complex, but records of who has edited, and when, and how add another level that Box helps sort out. And, points out Levie, because the files are so big, they’ve instituted a feature where users can see the renderings before downloading them, to make sure they’re looking at the right ones.


“I think when you can bring these tools to the masses, it really opens up innovation in an incredible way,” says Levie.


Gehry concurs. “I’ve dedicated a whole pile of my life — time and effort — on this topic,” he says, because most of the architecture around the world he hardly considers architecture. “It’s just buildings. And I have this hope that if we have the right tools out there that people with talent can prevail, and can show how you can build wonderful buildings for the same cost.”

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Tatiana Piatanova's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:06 PM

could be useful for GIS as well

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A Faculty Refuge Becomes an Accreditor's Target

A Faculty Refuge Becomes an Accreditor's Target | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
At the City College of San Francisco, the administration is lean, and faculty members have a lot of say. Now that ethos is threatening its future.
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One board member ia quoted as saying, ""People here don't think they have a boss."

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Universities, colleges in Pittsburgh reject tax talks because of UPMC challenge

Universities, colleges in Pittsburgh reject tax talks because of UPMC challenge | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s challenge of UPMC’s tax-exempt status creates an “adversarial climate” that makes it impossible for the city’s colleges and universities to discuss...
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Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren’t What You Think

Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren’t What You Think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Conventional urbanists—call them density nostalgists—continue to see the future in legacy cities that were built out before the dominance of the car and air-conditioning, and with them the prevalence of suburban lifestyles.

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He concludes: "The critical reason for this is likely to be missed by those who worship at the altar of density and contemporary planning dogma. These cities grow primarily because they do what cities were designed to do in the first place: help their residents achieve their aspirations—and that’s why they keep getting bigger and more consequential, in spite of the planners who keep ignoring or deploring their ascendance."

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Introducing The Higher Education in the 21st Century Symposium

Introducing The Higher Education in the 21st Century Symposium | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We will be posting a link and a description/quote for each essay in the Planning for Higher Ed Mojo Blog.

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This looks like engaging and informative fun.

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The University vs. the Internet

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Will online education dampen the college experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well...
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In some respects, this is the latest chapter in an old story of faculty entrepreneurship. By the mid-twentieth century, the president of the University of California, Clark Kerr, was already describing the Berkeley faculty as “individual entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance over parking.” Today, as star professors increasingly work for themselves, more faculty members at less prestigious institutions face low wages, meager benefits, and—since many lack tenure—minimal job security. But if the new technology threatens some professors with obscurity, others face obsolescence. Language instructors may someday be replaced by multilingual versions of Siri on your iPhone. One of my colleagues speaks of the imminent “evisceration” of graduate study, once young people who might have pursued an academic career are deterred as it becomes harder and harder to find a dignified job after years of training.

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James L. Morrison's comment, April 12, 2013 12:54 PM
I just checked out Udemy.com as a venue for a course on planning and one on environmental scanning. I was intrigued to see that some courses were attracting thousands of students; professors get 70% of the tuition (which they set). I suspect that there will be more Udemys in the future and more professors using this route to supplement their incomes.
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Through the Looking Glass Call for Presentations— "Visions and Planning for the Future of Higher Education"

Through the Looking Glass Call for Presentations— "Visions and Planning for the Future of Higher Education" | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
SCUP 2013 Southern Regional Conference
October 20–22, 2013 | Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Atlanta, GA

Call deadline is April 18!


Nothing is permanent except change; the continuous evolution of higher education is its only constant. The speed of this evolution is influenced by many drivers but as we attempt to predict what the future of higher education might look like it is evident that changes are accelerating at an unprecedented pace.


From academics to campus life; from fiscal to the environmental; the future is influenced in part by changes in expectations, technologies, pedagogies and demographics. Glimpses of the future of higher education are starting to influence the way we think of and plan for our institutions now. Student, parent, legislative and market expectations are advancing performance based, result oriented decisions on every aspect of education. Technologies are driving changes in the way education is purchased, accessed, and delivered.


Education and scholarship are no longer bound by location, time or cost. How do planners integrate academics, financial and physical parameters and interest when they are changing so quickly? What makes the campus of the future relevant in the age of online classes? What environmental and fiscal changes have to be made to accommodate changing models of learning?


We invite you to share with us session and workshop proposals that shed light on what the future of higher education could look like; projects and steps being taken or planned today that position institutions to better transition or insure their relevance in the future. How are these studies and examples successfully integrating fiscal, academic, social, administrative and physical parameters?

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Going to be a great conference.
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The Rise of MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web

The Rise of MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

1. Are MOOCs an idea that were floating around the halls of universities for some time now, or was the first one in 2008 really a watershed moment? 

Many of the ideas that go into a MOOC were around before CCK08 but that course marks the first time the format came together. In particular, we would point to David Wiley's Introduction to Open Education course, which was offered as an open wiki (later called the Wiley Wiki - seehttps://sites.google.com/site/themoocguide/cck08---mooc-basics ) and Alec Couros's open course ECI831 - Social Media and Open Education (see https://sites.google.com/site/themoocguide/social-media-and-open-education ). These two courses were of course influenced by other work in the field - the concept of open education, in which Wiley was a pioneer, with a license preceeding the Creative Commons licenses, the open wiki, which of course was made famous by Wikipedia, and more. 

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Soufyane Zanfoukh's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:21 AM

Keeping on discussion...

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Getting 3-D Printing and Next-Generation Manufacturing to the Factory Floor

Getting 3-D Printing and Next-Generation Manufacturing to the Factory Floor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The White House’s budget promises millions of dollars to build a solid foundation for additive manufacturing
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There are several areas where the process could be improved, provided the government’s money is well spent: In addition to speeding up the procedure, manufacturers need to make sure these printed products are consistent from one assembly to the next. They must also develop ways to make more complex, detailed and multi-material objects. Still, with additive manufacturing on the national radar—and, more importantly, in the budget—it’s only a matter of time before most parts are printed rather than carved out of raw materials.

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Energy-Harvesting Street Tiles Generate Power from Pavement Pounder: Scientific American

Energy-Harvesting Street Tiles Generate Power from Pavement Pounder: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Power for the people takes on a whole new meaning, as the largest installation of Pavegen energy-harvesting tiles to date produces 4.7 kilowatt-hours of energy during the Paris marathon, enough to power a laptop for more than two days...
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As they ran across the Avenue des Champs Élysées and thumped their feet on 176 special tiles laid on a 25-meter stretch, the athletes generated electricity.


These special “energy harvesting tiles” were developed by London-based Pavegen Systems. The power thus generated can be used to run low-voltage equipment such as streetlights and vending machines. The concept is the brainchild of Laurence Kemball-Cook, who founded Pavegen in 2009 to commercialize it. “The Paris Marathon is the first of many such projects that will enable us to realize our goal of taking this technology to retail sites, transport hubs, office blocks and infrastructure spaces,” he says.

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First Look: John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore

First Look: John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Behnisch Architekten and Ayers Saint Gross consolidate the School of Law's program under one roof for the first time in its 88-year history.
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“Any investment had to speak to the university—forward-looking, open to light, and defining the campus as a place,” says Robert Bogomolny, president of the University of Baltimore. “The only thing I wouldn’t do was contextualism,” he adds, referring to brick-faced structures built in Baltimore in the last decade. The Behnisch–Ayers Saint Gross team earned the commission for the Angelos Center after a 2008 open competition whose shortlist also included Foster + Partners, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Moshe Safdie and Associates, and SmithGroup.

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NACUBO: Data Point the Way

NACUBO: Data Point the Way | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

While partnering with presidents and provosts, business officers must develop a new dialogue, a new set of tools, and a new set of behaviors with data-driven outcomes.

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:40 PM
This article synthesizes the opinions of various chief academic officers and chief business officers regarding strategies for leading institutions to become more data-oriented in their decision-making. Points of advice include developing a strong partnership between academic and business leaders; developing a data focus around the parameters of a strategic plan; recognizing that cultural change is essential to long-term data orientation; enlisting the support of the president; and practicing diplomacy.
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SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day Conference

SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"More than ever before, community colleges are the "front door" to higher education, and student housing needs must be addressed in new ways with new partners for students to be able to succeed."


- Dr. Jan Rogers, Vice President, Student Affairs, Columbus State Community College.  

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Register now for the June 13 one-day SCUP regional conference at Columbus State Community College: 


The Affordable Student Housing Challenge:
Meeting Student Housing Needs at Community Colleges and Two-Year Regional Campuses

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In 'Disturbing' Reversal, Chinese Applications Fall at U.S. Graduate Schools - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education

In 'Disturbing' Reversal, Chinese Applications Fall at U.S. Graduate Schools - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
After seven years of double-digit increases, the number of Chinese applications to graduate programs in the United States this spring fell an unexpected 5 percent.
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That is potentially troubling news for graduate schools, which have relied on robust increases in foreign-student numbers, particularly in disciplines like engineering and the sciences, to offset weakening domestic enrollments. Even with the surge in students from abroad, total first-time enrollments in American graduate programs have decreased for the past two years.

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The Nerdy Jam Session

I spent the last few days on my first accreditation site visit.  I’ve been on the receiving end of three of the big ten-year versions -- lucky timing -- so it seemed like time to try being on the other side.

I won’t disclose any of the particulars of the discussion or the school, as a professional courtesy.  But the experience itself seems like fair game.

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Interesting.

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A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges

A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students who apply to, attend and graduate from top colleges.
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The results are now in, and they suggest that basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students who apply to, attend and graduate from top colleges.

Among a control group of low-income students with SAT scores good enough to attend top colleges — but who did not receive the information packets — only 30 percent gained admission to a college matching their academic qualifications. Among a similar group of students who did receive a packet, 54 percent gained admission, according to the researchers, Caroline M. Hoxby of Stanford and Sarah E. Turner of the University of Virginia.

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James L. Morrison's comment, April 12, 2013 12:48 PM
A good report addressing an important issue in higher education's role in ensuring that we continue to maintain upward social mobility for a strong society.
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How It Feels [through Glass]

Want to see how Glass actually feels? It's surprisingly simple. Say "take a picture" to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you ...
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Take a couple of moments to watch this. Yes, it's beautiful. But ... just think about the world of 2020, when this type of mobile computing will be in the hands or on the faces of your students, faculty, and staff. 


We were brought to this video from a blog post about what it would be like in 2020 when books or articles you were reading were always available, everywhere, with no physical pages to turn—in a device you wear (and that can respond to subvocal or gestural commnds).


What will it mean to "know" something?

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Is It Finally Time to Kill the Credit Hour?

Is It Finally Time to Kill the Credit Hour? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Yet, even as we work toward an alternative, the credit hour is gaining new currency in state policy circles and through federal actions related to accreditation. It is very worrying that states have begun to tie performance incentives to simplistic measures of productivity, using that same old credit hour as the de facto indicator of what is “produced” with the time and money invested by students and the state. 

What policy leaders miss is that the credit hour was not designed to document the quality or level of student learning. 

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We need to take the time and learn from the assessment experiments that are going on all over higher education. We also need to build broad and compelling agreement on what twenty-first-century markers of student accomplishment actually look like. And, soberingly, that work is still in draft form.

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