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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.”


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What a $10,000 College Education Says About the Downside of Goals

What a $10,000 College Education Says About the Downside of Goals | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If you think abandoning strategic planning is the way to go, consider what business expert, design thinker, and master strategist Roger Martin has to say.


Even in the fastest paced hi-tech industries, with high levels of uncertainty and constant change, Martin claims that thinking strategically and being strategic in our planning is still critical to our success. Avoiding it, Martin says, just hands the competition the advantage needed to conquer us. An option worth consider is “Emergent Strategic Planning.” It’s intended to account for the concerns we have about rapidly changing technology. The idea is to form loosely conceived goals that are likely to move the organization forward. However, they are malleable and subject to change each as new technology or opportunity emerges, hence the name. It allows for an organization to more rapidly leverage those opportunities or even turn mistakes into new possibilities. It is still possible to forge the roadmap, yet allow for sudden detours.

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

Nice essay by Steven Bell, who examines strategic perspective and planning for libraries, frequently generalizing to the greater institution. He concludes:


When it comes to setting goals, for our organizations or ourselves, we might be well advised to worry less about the specifics. If we are able to do that, we just might discover that the things we want to accomplish are getting done, and with much less stress and anxiety. Who thinks that’s a bad idea?

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, March 14, 2013 11:26 AM

I agree with some of the key premises of this article--for example, that a focus on highly specific goals can waste effort and prove counterproductive, especially in an environment characterized by upheaval (technological and otherwise). However, I found the the title and introductory discussion to be somewhat misleading. There seemed to be an inordinate fusion of concerns about low-cost education and its impact on academic libraries, with improved approaches to planning and goal-setting.

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Pay Increase for Top Administrators Barely Outpaces Inflation

Their median base pay rose by 2.3 percent last year, an improvement over the previous year, an annual survey found.
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While that is not a big jump, it marks a noticeable improvement for the administrators, whose average year-to-year salary increase lagged behind inflation by a full percentage point a year ago.


"We are pleased to see the upward trend in the median increases, and we hope to see that trend continue," said Andy Brantley, president of the association. Administrators' salaries, along with those of faculty and staff, reflect both the health of colleges and the value placed on employees, he said.

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Aid for Higher Education Declines as Costs Rise

Experts say there is a long-term trend of shifting the cost of higher education from the public onto students and their families.
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The conclusion:

The worst of the financial troubles may be past. Education appropriations for 2013 increased in three out of five states, although the national total for state higher education appropriations is still slightly down.

“This is not a hostile environment for higher education,” said Patrick M. Callan, a higher education policy expert. “But politicians are really feeling pressure on the affordability and debt issue. In a couple of states, when they put money back in, they also put a lid on tuition. Anyone who thinks we’re going to get back to the status quo ante, that’s simply not in the cards.”

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I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age

I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Employees who put company information online with their smartphones create a tricky problem for I.T. departments: how to protect corporate data without hindering employees’ work.
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Security was one of the issues covered in our recent Planning Interview about Mobile Campus Computing with Colin Currie, CIO of Princeton University.

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"Les employés qui ont mis en ligne information d'entreprise avec leurs smartphones créer un problème épineux pour les services informatiques: comment protéger les données d'entreprise sans entraver le travail des employés".

I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age via @Plan4HigherEd http://sco.lt/...


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Community College (free) Webinar Series on Adult Education Begins March 7

OVAE, of the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with AACC and ACCT, is hosting a series of community college webinars in 2013. The first, on March 7, will focus on transforming adult education. Register now.

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"Welcome to the first webinar in OVAE’s 2013 community college webinar series. This event will bring together experts from the field and local practitioners to discuss efforts to transform adult education to better prepare adult learners to successfully transition to postsecondary education. The webinar will feature Barbara Endel from Jobs for the Future to discuss the work of the Accelerating Opportunity initiative in scaling up its adult education reform model in seven states. Judy Alamprese from Abt Associates will share the key findings from her recent study on transforming reading instruction in adult education programs. The webinar will also highlight the work of LaGuardia Community College in developing bridge programs that ease ABE and GED students’ transitions to postsecondary education and training."

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The Tale of Three Campuses: A Case Study in Outdoor Campus Assessment

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The author, Ericka Eckert, of Kent State University, published a related article in Planning for Higher Educationlast year: "Assessment and the Outdoor Campus Environment: Using a Survey to Measure Student Satisfaction with the Outdoor Physical Campus Space."

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Let’s Make a Deal: RFPs as ITNs (Request for Proposals and Invitation to Negotiate)

Let’s Make a Deal: RFPs as ITNs (Request for Proposals and Invitation to Negotiate) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Contract negotiations can be uncomfortable for procurement professionals used to a different kind of sourcing, but the right strategies and tools can turn them from awkward to artful negotiators.

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Many in higher ed procurement are seeing the value of implementing contract strategies that include negotiation. Consider Bill Wheelock, director of procurement services for Youngstown State University (Ohio). About six months ago, his department began issuing each RFP as an ITN, as well (Request for Proposals and Invitation to Negotiate).


“This allows us to solicit proposals and then negotiate with suppliers based on their submissions,” he explains. “Presently, we work on the ancillary portions of the proposal, including shipping, handling, fuel surcharges, and other special fees to reduce costs. We also look into volume cost reductions and potential rebates for volume and payment terms.”

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Head Count: The Course Concierge Will See You Now - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Head Count: The Course Concierge Will See You Now - Students - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
At some colleges, one person helps prevent the course-scheduling snags that can discourage students, delay their progress, or even make them drop out.
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"Even in times of plenty, students often learn a tough lesson when they register for courses: You can't always get what you want. In this era of budget cuts, however, students on some campuses have scrambled to get not only the courses they would like but also those they need for their majors and to satisfy core requirements."

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Can MOOCs Work with Liberal Arts?

Can MOOCs Work with Liberal Arts? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We plan to offer the first of WellesleyX courses in fall 2013, with others to follow in spring 2014 or thereafter. These offerings will not only provide opportunities to those who might not otherwise be able to afford or access a liberal arts education, but will also benefit on-campus students and alumnae. By partnering with other education leaders, Wellesley hopes to help shape the rapidly evolving online learning environment, as well as to explore ways to incorporate technology creatively and effectively in the classroom.

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

Andrew Shennan is provost and dean of Wellesley College.


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The Ph.D Bust: America's Awful Market for Young Scientists—in 7 Charts

The Ph.D Bust: America's Awful Market for Young  Scientists—in 7 Charts | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Perhaps it's time to start talking about a STEM surplus?
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Ha. Nice work on the charts. Worth looking at.

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Women as Academic Authors, 1665–2010

Women as Academic Authors, 1665–2010 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Women’s presence in higher education has increased, but as authors of scholarly papers—keys to career success—their publishing patterns differ from those of men. Explore nearly 1,800 fields and subfields, across four centuries, to see which areas have the most female authors and which have the fewest, in this exclusive Chronicle report. See how overall percentages differ from the important first-author position and—in two major bioscience fields—from the prestigious last-author position. See "About these data" for details.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 26, 2013 1:25 AM

It's timely to post this, as I see Gloria Steinhem and Amy Richards on Charlie Rose talking about "Makers" what is happening with feminism today, citing examples of so many fields and events that had been exclusively male, including the running of the Boston Marathon.  ~  D

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Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council Member Briefing Materials—Campus Resilience

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You're going to hear a lot more about the term "reslience" in the coming years. Here's an inside look at how Homeland Security views resilience of higher education institutions and their communities.

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The city, the future, and you

The city, the future, and you | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“Is ‘making do’ the best we can expect in our future? Is the future simply making the best of a bad situation? Will the way forward be reduced to finding a way out?”

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“The city, the future, and you” is the title of Chapter One, Part One of Glen Hiemstra and Dennis Walsh’ new book. It doesn’t have a title yet, but you can read all of it, in installments, at Futurist.

Hiemstra is the opening plenary speaker at SCUP’s Pacific Region’s 2013 conference March 24–27 at the Auraria Higher Education Center (Denver), Place Making: Strategic Identity + Place Making.

Denver-based conference co-chairs Christine King of JE Dunn Construction and Steven Schonberger of NAC Architecture are excited about the conference kicking off with such a big picture viewpoint. So we thought we’d share parts of Hiemstra and Walsh’ book, ahead of time:

Some people need to know everything before they do anything. They spend their whole life avoiding the unknown, when really they don’t have to know everything, just enough to know enough. Then there’s the “me too” crowd. They don’t think cities have to change anything. They don’t get the new global economic reality. They assume that everything will soon go back to the way it was and all will be well in the end. They’re not about to change a thing. Don’t be one of them. Step out. Make a move. You may not always be right, but the odds are in your favor that you’ll get somewhere.


There’s a shift is coming that’s going to shake the world. ...

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Social capital: the benefit of Facebook ‘friends’

Social capital: the benefit of Facebook ‘friends’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Abstract: This research investigated the role Facebook use plays in the creation or maintenance of social capital among university students in South Africa. Data were collected using questionnaires completed by over 800 students from 7 universities. The questionnaire was obtained from a study conducted in Michigan State University (Ellison N.B., Steinfield, C., and Lampe, C., 2007. The benefits of Facebook “Friends”: social capital and college students' use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4), 1143–1168.). Empirical research has linked social capital to many positives in society, such as improved mental and physical health, economic well-being, etc. Thus, social capital is important for the success of civil society. This research examined the relationships between Facebook use and the formation and maintenance of social capital amongst university students. The study also examined factors specific to the South African context and drew comparisons to the results of the original study. Analysis of the results suggests a strong association between the intensity of Facebook use and perceived bridging, bonding and maintained social capital. This paper broadens the understanding of Facebook usage by introducing the dimensions of race and age. Facebook usage was found to interact with measures of psychological well-being, suggesting that it might be beneficial to students experiencing low self-esteem and low life satisfaction.

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What reality is, is changing. This may be the most significant external forcer acting on higher education.

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Oberlin Cancels Classes After Reported Klan Sighting

Oberlin Cancels Classes After Reported Klan Sighting | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
An unconfirmed report of a person wearing Ku Klux Klan regalia followed a month of incidents of hate speech and vandalism on the campus of Oberlin College in Ohio.
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Oberlin is both sustainable and resilient.

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Student-Loan Securities Stay Hot

Student-Loan Securities Stay Hot | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Student loans are souring at a growing rate—and investors can't seem to get enough.
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"Investors' Hunger for Returns Is Driving Demand Even as More Borrowers Fall Behind on Their Payments"

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ACE doubles down on prior learning assessment

Meanwhile, many observers wonder, can the establishment play a starring role in the revolution?


Andrew P. Kelly, a research fellow in education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, says ACE can and should move forward in “accrediting” individual courses. It just shouldn’t be the only option.


“Empowering a group that represents incumbents to pick winners and losers seems like a recipe for more of the same -- small pockets of noteworthy innovation that help some students, but little systemic change,” he says via e-mail.

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Disruption from within?

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Revenue Refill

Revenue Refill | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

When state funding shortfalls caused the bottom to drop out of institutions’ budgets, leaders immediately cut costs and upped efficiency. Now, attention turns to the other side of the equation: finding revenue to make up the difference.

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David Tobenkin provides short, descriptive vignettes of some of the ways institutions are looking to increase revenue. Quick and useful read.

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Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education

Improving Measurement of Productivity in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Higher education is a linchpin of the American economy and society: teaching and research at colleges and universities contribute significantly to the nation's economic activity, both directly and through their impact on future growth; federal and...
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This report is available from the National Academies Press for $47, or you can read it, chapter-by-chapter on this website.

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Financial Self-sufficiency and the Public University | John T. Casteen III

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John Casteen, president emeritus of the University of Virginia, wrote this article for Trusteeship (May/June 2011).


Constant, rigorous planning, brave and principled management of resources, determined transparency, imaginative and world-class fund raising, core academic integrity, and constant work in the public interest these have to be the characteristics of tomorrow’s public universities.


Casteen will be a plenary speaker for SCUP's regional conference April 7–9 at Georgetown University, which is focused on academic relevance and asks the question, "Is Higher Education Still the Gateway for Opportunity in America?"

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5 Concise Reasons to Read Robert Reich's 'Afterschock'

"Reason #3 - The Higher Education Plan: Reich actually has a plan for higher education. He would make tuition free (to public institutions), and recoup the costs with a levy on future earnings for anyone who participated. His proposal is more complex than this description, and wildly unlikely to ever be enacted anywhere, but still fun to debate."

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

Reich is a SCUP–48 plenary speaker. Why don't we consider his book to be a must-read for those who might attend our conference in San Diego this July.


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Study finds some groups fare worse than others in online courses

"[T]he study should 'caution us against simplifying the conversation into  "online learning is good" or "online learning is bad."'  I have seen really bad online courses and quite amazing online courses.  We need to continue to understand what pedagogy, features, and supports lead to greater student success and encourage more of those practices—whether online or off.”

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This issue will continue to be important.

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Study finds some groups fare worse than others in online courses

<quote> Russell Poulin, deputy director for research and analysis at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, criticized the New York Times editorial’s “over the top” conclusions but said the CCRC study was an important contribution to research on online learning.


He applauded the study’s focus on the need for students to “adapt” to online learning, and agreed that institutions needed to do a much better job ensuring that students are prepared to take online courses – not by restricting which ones have access to them, though, but by giving them more training in such courses, such as a required short course on online learning.


Poulin also said the study gave short shrift to the importance of building student services into online courses. “For the underprepared students that the study worries about most, student support services (advising, tutoring, library resource materials, study skills assistance, technical assistance) could be the differentiator,” Poulin said in a blog post. “These services may be readily available on campus, but might be available on a limited basis or not at all for online students. Those differences are not measured by the study.” </quote>

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The comments in this discussion are priceless.

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Turning Off Google Docs | Inside Higher Ed

"Scanning the headlines today, I came across this article about Oxford University turning off Google Docs.


Having made a friend at Oxford of a colleague in IT there, Tony Brett, I looked at my watch, recognized that it was noon for him, emailed him the link with a subject line: Tell Me More!  To which Tony immediately replied with this more extended discussion of the technical security rational for the administrative decision.


Sounds about right to me.  Based on this evidence, were I in the position to advise administration, or make the decision myself, I would do the same thing."

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