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Employing College and University Credit Ratings as Indicators of Institutional Planning Effectiveness

Employing College and University Credit Ratings as Indicators of Institutional Planning Effectiveness | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
SCUP Community & College Mojo Week 8— September 27–October 3, 2013
Employing College and University Credit Ratings as Indicators of Institutional Plan…
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

The goal of this article is to highlight the importance of college and university credit ratings and the potential implications for higher education budgeting and planning as institutions seek out larger and larger amounts of debt. 


I place particular emphasis on the use of ratings as an indicator of planning effectiveness and a tool for rethinking some strategic plans as the market for higher education continues to change. This analysis focuses on the long-term general obligation credit ratings established and reported by Standard & Poor’s (2007, 2010) and Moody’s (2007, 2011) for nonprofit colleges and universities in the United States. 


Although there are currently three credit rating agencies, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch, the emphasis here is on the first two given their long history of rating the nonprofit higher education sector.


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Top 10 Community Colleges

Top 10 Community Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, we ranked more than 900 public two-year institutions to determine the best and brightest schools.


Our rankings were based on six criteria: graduation rate; student retention rate; the student-faculty ratio; the school's in-state tuition and fees; the percentage of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid; and the average amount of grant aid they received from federal, state and private sources combined. The data cover full-time freshman students who entered college in fall 2008.

Our survey did not include private institutions, schools that did not report information on all six criteria to the National Center for Education Statistics or schools with fewer than 100 full-time students.

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

From a list discussion about the article:


It looks like relatively low rates of grant/scholarship/financial aid usage and relatively high faculty-to-student ratios keep CCCs out of the top ranking in Bankrate’s methodology. It is interesting that the top ten schools seem to be mostly specialized CTE schools with well-developed connections to industry. I imagine their extreme focus helps them to achieve the kinds of results that they have. Definitely food for thought.

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Call for Proposals Are Open - Pick a Conference!

Call for Proposals Are Open - Pick a Conference! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


Call for Proposals Are Open - Pick a Conference!

Reminder: Tuesday, October 1 is the first deadline. 



You've been working hard and now it's time to show off!

We are looking for proposals for the following events:

Submission Deadline: October 1

SCUP's 49th Annual, International Conference
Plan for Transformation in Higher Education
July 12–16, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

Submission Deadline: October 7

SCUP 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Engagement for Value, Viability & Vitality
March 23–25, 2014 | Philadelphia, PA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

Submission Deadline: October 11

SCUP 2014 Pacific Regional Conference
Discover NEW MODELS (of Integrated Planning)
March 23–26, 2014 | Hollywood, CA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

Submission Deadline: October 28

SCUP 2014 North Atlantic Regional Conference
Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology and Place
March 12–14, 2014 | Boston, MA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

There's not much time so start preparing today.

Thank you for helping to change higher education!

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Transforming the landscape in Flint, Michigan

Transforming the landscape in Flint, Michigan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Flint gets more than its fair share of bad press because of the crime rate and the city’s financial struggles. But, Flint is also known for urban
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Very nice NPR segment (~17 minutes) that is also text readable. Kettering University is a big part of what's happening there.

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Victor Davis Hanson - The Decline of College

Victor Davis Hanson - The Decline of College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The four-year campus experience is becoming a thing of the past.
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Hmm. Is this your view of higher ed? It's not necessarily ours.

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“Education is broken, somebody should do something” #altc2013 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE

“Education is broken, somebody should do something” #altc2013 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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ALT-C 2013 - Interview with Stephen Downes

“ALT-C 2013 - Stephen Downes interviewed at the 2013 ALT conference in Nottingham.”
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Seth's Blog: Edgecraft instead of brainstorming

Seth's Blog: Edgecraft instead of brainstorming | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“One of the challenges of brainstorming a new idea is that there's too much freedom. With too many possibilities, we can seize up, unable to think of much of anything. In established organizations, this is particularly difficult, because the first...”
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Reclaiming the Original Vision of MOOCs

Reclaiming the Original Vision of MOOCs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Massive open online courses were never meant to be dull and lonely. But how can the courses encourage more student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction?”
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Wireless devices weigh down campus networks

Wireless devices weigh down campus networks | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The coming deviceapocalypse:


The prospect of handling the combined traffic of tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of devices is enough to make any wireless network buckle -- and some already are. At colleges and universities across the country, chief information officers are exhausting their budgets just to maintain their existing networks while congestion threatens to choke their online traffic.

Empty a student’s bookbag, and you’re likely to find a laptop and a smartphone -- perhaps even a tablet. Back in their dorm rooms, students may have hooked up a gaming console or two. And if wearable computers, like smartwatches and -glasses, enter the mass market, students could in a few years bring twice as many devices to campus as they do today.

No wonder the Educause IT Issues Panel named the “device explosion” its No. 1 issue of 2013.

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Slide-Away Desk Saves Space and Money at U. of Cincinnati

Slide-Away Desk Saves Space and Money at U. of Cincinnati | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Feel free to smack your head right now and wonder why no one in your housing office thought of this: a chest of drawers with a built-in desk that slides out of one side when a student wants to work at it and then slides back in afterward to make space for friends—or that stays hidden awayfor students who do all their work in the library or on their beds.


Luckily, two staff members at the University of Cincinnati did think of it—Todd Duncan, director of housing and food services, and Carl Dieso, associate director of housing—and the university worked out a deal with Blockhouse Contract Furniture to get the combined unit into production. Buying one piece of furniture instead of two saved about $200 per bed, or $90,000, in the renovation of the university’s Morgens Hall.

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Nice.

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Old Cellphones, Once Bound for Landfills, Now Bring Colleges Money

College officials often face logistical and philosophical dilemmas in disposing of cast-off cellphones, tablets, computers, and printers.


“At a lot of universities—unless they have a centralized program in place or some sort of waste-management policy through their facilities department—it is really challenging to be able to recycle just about anything,” says Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C., and a veteran professional in the recycling and waste-management industry. “It is enough just to get people to throw trash in the trash can, especially when things get hectic.”


Now a recycling company based in Erie, Pa., has started a nationwide program in which it pays colleges for spent ink and toner cartridges and small electronics, diverting devices away from landfills and into the $20-billion-a-year electronics-recycling market.

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Going, Going, Gone? The Dilemma of a Midcentury Campus Building

Going, Going, Gone? The Dilemma of a Midcentury Campus Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

By Keith W. Turner, AIA Demolition is violent, dramatic, and sometimes controversial.  Within academic campuses especially, individuals can have strong memories of personal experiences associated w...

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Reclaim Open Learning Symposium | DML Hub


Join us as John Seely Brown and other innovators Reclaim Open LearningSeptember 26-27, 2013 at CALit2, University of California, Irvine

This international convening is the culmination of the Reclaim Open Learning Innovation Challenge, committed to surfacing individuals and organizations that are transforming higher education toward connected and creative learning, open in content and access, participatory, and building on a growing range of experiments and innovations in networked learning.

– FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC –

Please feel free to follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ReclaimOpen. Certain portions of the Reclaim Open Learning Symposium will be streaming live via the DML Research Hub's YouTube Channel. Please click on the "streaming live" links below for more info. All times listed below are Pacific Time.

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

Good speakers, including Anya Kamenetz.

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'Low-income teenagers who excel in high school but fail to graduate from college, she said, are “an untapped resource.”'

'Low-income teenagers who excel in high school but fail to graduate from college, she said, are “an untapped resource.”' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In The New York Times, 9/26/2013, David Leonhardt writes about the College Board's initiative to being more effective at identifying and facilitating talented…
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This is a trend that will affect many institutions in ways planners should be thinking about:


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Moodle MOOC 2: Habits of Effective Connected Learners

Moodle MOOC 2: Habits of Effective Connected Learners | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Some SCUP staff will be in this. Hope you are, too.

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Dr. Nellie Deutsch's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:41 PM

Are you a connected learner? What makes a learner connected? I can't wait to learn from Stephen Downes. 

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Avoid potholes on the road to implementing your strategic plan [Dean & Provost newsletter]

Dean & Provost newsletter (Wiley) covers SCUP–48 in its fall issue. Here's the lead article: Avoid potholes on the road to implementing your strategic…

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Connectivism as a Digital Age Learning Theory

George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Their proposed learning theory has issued a debate over whether it is a learning theory or instructional theory or merely a pedagogical view.
Via Nik Peachey
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Authors may be missing the fact that the 24x7 connected knowledge base includes people.
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Great News: College Enrollment Is Down « The Dish

Great News: College Enrollment Is Down « The Dish | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education is also heartened by the news:


Higher education enrollment has risen over the last 20 years, Hartle says, but the trend is counter-cyclical. During bad economies, people rush to finish a degree or pick up new skills. That’s why 2007 and 2008 saw a 13 percent increase in enrollment, the biggest jump in 25 years. The half-a-million person drop sounds big, he says, but it’s really just a return to normalcy. “Enrollment tends to level off or fall when the economy is improving,” he says. “Given how much enrollment surged during the economic downturn, a reduction was inevitable.”
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Are we ready for this?

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Towards a theory or model of productivity for online learning: outcomes, scale and design

Towards a theory or model of productivity for online learning: outcomes, scale and design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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Take An Inside Look | Library Interiors

Take An Inside Look | Library Interiors | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

University Business is seeking photos of campus library interiors that reflect an innovative use of space, the mission and values of the institution, and (of course) visual appeal, for a November pictorial feature to appear in print and online. Photos and descriptions of the spaces can be submitted via www.universitybusiness.com/insidelook by Friday, Sept. 13.


The website also contains links to prior Inside Look feature slideshows. Questions about the feature can be directed to managing editor Melissa Ezarik, mezarik@universitybusiness.com.

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

This is a quality series, folks. Please share your photos.

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Rising Debt Engulfs Colleges as Well as Students

Rising Debt Engulfs Colleges as Well as Students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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President Obama took aim last week at rising levels of student borrowing, but two graduate students in sociology say the real culprit for growing college debt is Wall Street.


In a report posted last week on the Web site of the Scholars Strategy Network, Charlie Eaton and Jacob Habinek, doctoral candidates at the University of California at Berkeley, assert that the expanding burden of tuition debt is “partly driven by the indebtedness universities have taken on.” Public research universities have passed along their own debt to students by raising tuition and fees by an average of 56 percent from 2002 to 2010, say the authors, who work in the branch of sociology known as financialization.


“Public research universities have increased their institutional debt dramatically over the last decade, and the money is not being used to make up for shortfalls in instructional budgets caused by reduced public funding,” the report says. “Instead, many universities borrow to invest in ‘auxiliary services’—the umbrella term for expensive facilities like dorms, dining halls, stadiums, and recreation centers.”


Using the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or Ipeds, the authors examined data from 155 public research universities and found that their debt-service payments had risen 86 percent from 2002 to 2010.

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