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Academic or curriculum planning « Cathy Anderson

In Shaping the Curriculum; Academic Plans in Context, authors Lattuca and Stark identify the following as essential elements for developing the academic plan:


  1.  Purpose:  Knowledge, skills, and abilities to be learned
  2. Content:  Subject matter selected to convey specific knowledge, skills and attitudes
  3. Sequence:  an arrangement of subject matter and experience intended to lead to specific outcomes for learners.
  4. Learners: How the plan will address a specific group of learners
  5. Instructional processes:  the instructional activities by which learning will be achieved.
  6. Instructional resources: the materials an settings to used in the learning process
  7. Evaluation:  the strategies used to determine whether the decisions about the elements of the academic plan are adopted
  8. Adjustment:  enhancement based upon the experience and evaluation

I reviewed several plans from different colleges and universities and synthesized some of the most significant points from their plans as follows:

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SoCalREC Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects Workshop Jan 22

The purpose of the workshop is to provide public schools with information about all of the financing options available to them to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency projects. The January 22 workshop at the Long Beach Gas and Oil Auditorium will feature SoCalREC's Public Agency Master Lease Initiative, SCE's On-Bill Financing, Commercial PACE Financing, and a discussion about the current climate of financing energy efficiency projects, including typical challenges and available financing options. Interested parties can register here.

Workshop details:
Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects Workshop
Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 8:45 a.m. - Noon
Long Beach Gas and Oil Auditorium
2400 E. Spring St.
Long Beach, CA 90806
RSVP: bit.ly/jan22workshop

About SoCalREC:
The Southern California Regional Energy Center (SoCalREC) is a program that takes a regional approach to supporting public schools, local governments and other public agencies in achieving their goals to reduce energy use in their facilities through energy efficiency. 

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

A good group, doing good work.

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Call for Conference Papers | Fostering Reasonable Expectations " International Town & Gown Association

Call for Conference Papers | Fostering Reasonable Expectations " International Town & Gown Association | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Fostering Reasonable Expectations”
June 2-5, 2013
Buffalo, New York
(Deadline February 1, 2013)
Our goal is to create a conference learning experience in which we generate new knowledge by challenging participant’s assumptions, broadening our perspectives, and creating shared tools for transforming ideas into action. We also want a conference experience that is fun and creative. With that in mind, the committee is particularly interested in non-traditional proposals that engage participants as knowledge makers, creating on-site learning laboratories in which “the answers are in the room” attendees frame the questions and share successes, failures and lessons learned. 
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Along with this call from the ITGA, SCUP's journal, Planning for Higher Education, is seeking papers for the March–June 2013 issue, themed "Cultivate-Collaborate," within which rubric town and gown articles fit quite well. Contact managing editor Claire Turcotte, claire.turcotte@scup.org, to learn more.

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More Community Colleges are Offering Housing to Recruit and Retain Students

More Community Colleges are Offering Housing to Recruit and Retain Students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Community colleges are responding to the requests for housing. In 2000, 225 community colleges offered housing, by 2010 that number grew to 260, according to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Now in 2012, 391 two-year institutions are providing a place to live, reports the National Center for Education Statistics.

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

Excellent piece that summarizes this as well as anything we've seen so far.

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Holiday Break Tests the Spirits of Freshmen and Their Parents

Holiday Break Tests the Spirits of Freshmen and Their Parents | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The first vacation from college is a time for learning and readjustment.
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The holidays are past, but this quick read has more than a few insights into our students that are relevant when they come back on campus.

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Campus: Five Questions

Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Campus: Five Questions | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In recent decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), and the National Academies (2004) have all called for more interdisciplinary scholarship to respond to compelling global problems (Klein, 2010; Rhoten & Pfirman, 2007). Moreover, many campus administrators see interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly in teaching and research, as a strategy for capitalizing on scarce resources and procuring more in the future.


So the siren's song of interdisciplinarity is difficult for many colleges and universities to resist. At the same time, the literature on interdisciplinary collaboration warns of the many challenges that

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

A valuable read for planners. The five questions are these:


  • Do You Have Enough Time?
  • Do You Have the Right People?
  • Do You Have the Right Departments?
  • Do You Have the Right Policies?
  • Do You Have Sufficient Resources?


There are practical implications. And, does this resonate with you?


I see two types of people come out of graduate school: People who are so imbued with their disciplinary perspective that they're purists in a way that they'll give up as they go along, but also some people who are more open to looking at things in multiple ways. Those people have to worry about job security and they don't have very much clout in the system. So the very people who might be able to create change are disadvantaged in being able to produce that change.

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The Perfect Storm for Universities

The Perfect Storm for Universities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Even if universities may look well on the surface there is an increasing (and justified) concern that all will change soon. New data and analysis increase the anxiety that the current monopoly of h...
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Interesting perspective:


Michael Sandel, professor of Government at Harvard University and one of the best known intellectuals around the world recently noted:


The most fateful change that unfolded in the last three decades was not an increase in greed. It was the expansion of markets, and of market values, into spheres of life where they don’t belong.”


Universities are set to learn that this is not only true, but see the serious consequences of ignoring implications of this on their sustainability.

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PLACE MAKING: Strategic Identity + Creation | March 24–27, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver

PLACE MAKING:  Strategic Identity + Creation | March 24–27, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

What kind of place should a campus be? Does it need to be physical? Can it be virtual? What planning ensures the success of a campus? How is place created? Why is place making in higher education important? How does the concept of place transform over time? How do you engage with a place before and after you spend time there? What’s the future of place making? Is it a deliberate process or is it accidental? What kind of investment should be put into place making? How does place interact with learning? Does society influence place or does place influence society? How does a changing demographic affect place? What makes a good place?  

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, December 28, 2012 4:56 PM

Registration is open. Scholarship are available. Deadline for scholarships is January 14.


Step I is available in conjunction with this event. Scholarships are available.

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Barriers to Entry

Higher education needs to experiment with various institutional structures if it wants to thrive in the next few decades.  In practical terms, that means finding ways to make it easier for new actors to hang out shingles.  As long as most of higher ed consists of “mature” institutions, the sector as a whole will behave accordingly.  It’s more difficult -- possible, yes, but much harder -- for an institution with decades of obligations to make significant changes than it is for a newcomer.  If we want a badly-needed infusion of new ideas, energy, and approaches, we need a host of new institutions with the ability to try new things.  

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

This is in the context of this:


My fellow IHE blogger, Lee Skallerup Bessette, got a bit of a discussion going on Twitter over the break when she posted a real estate listing for an abandoned college campus.  In the context of adjunct activism, she proposed pulling people together to buy the campus and start their own college.

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The Timeless Strategic Value of Unrealistic Goals - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

The Timeless Strategic Value of Unrealistic Goals - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Timeless Strategic Value of Unrealistic Goals  
Strategic intent takes the long view: the act of such intent is to operate from the future backward, disreg…
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This was the most popular tweet of 2012 from SCUP's @Plan4HigherEd twitter stream.

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5 Great Ways for Students to Collaborate on Twitter

5 Great Ways for Students to Collaborate on Twitter | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Twitter is a brilliant resource for student collaboration. Here are 5 great ways for students to collaborate using social network.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

And, some of these tips are not just for students. They work well for professionals who are using online resources for career learning. For example, the following use of hashtags is something we've been encouraging in our Mojo. We're using the hashtag #ChangeMojo from January–March and we used #CampusMojo last quarter. (And it is still a useful hashtag to use for relevant resources.)


1. Collaborate on Projects Using Hashtags

A group of students can use Twitter for research on a particular topic and start their own hashtag to quickly and collaboratively save all their findings into one common stream. By adding the hashtag to each relevant tweet they find they will each individually be able to search for it and see the results collected by other members of the team or class, regardless of whether they are in the same location. A great homework assignment would be to ask students to research a particular topic on Twitter, marking relevant tweets with a hashtag in this way and then looking at the stream together and analysing their results in class the next day.

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Preparing For The World Of 2030 : NPR

Preparing For The World Of 2030 : NPR | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A report by the National Intelligence Council projects that in 2030 the U.S. influence in global affairs will decrease, China will continue to rise as a global power, and a global middle class will grow significantly.
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Are you ready to MOOC? A conversation with George Siemens

Are you ready to MOOC? A conversation with George Siemens | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

18:29 – A lot of the burden is on the learner. Are learners ready? (See also Preparing Adults for Lifelong Learning.) How well prepared is the average adult to filter the massive flow of information?


19:30 – Human beings are naturally “meaning makers.” George cites Pirolli on information foraging. We categorize, we connect.  That’s not new. But now the flow of information is at a pace that we can’t cognitively handle anymore – and probably haven’t been able to for a century or more. Past methods simply don’t work.

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

A worthwhile podcast, with an abbreviated transcript.

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Kate Maclean's curator insight, December 30, 2012 6:31 AM

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ntly taken part in a CLD miniMooc, hosted by Aberdeen University. I am very excited by the potential of this learning tool, especially as I work in a widely-scattered geographic area (the Highlands of Scotland). I believe the developer (Ramone Bisawi) was going to send me a 'how to set up a Mooc' factsheet, as I have colleagues in tourism and equalities who are interested. keep up the good work!

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4 Tips for Mobile Success On Campus -- Campus Technology

4 Tips for Mobile Success On Campus -- Campus Technology | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Here are four ways to make sure your college is ready to host the many different mobile devices that are making their way onto campus.
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  • Shore Up the Campus Wi-Fi Network First
  • Prepare the IT Team To Support Myriad Device Types and Operating Systems
  • Develop Acceptable Use Policies for Mobile Devices Early in the Process
  • Ask Faculty Members for Input Before the Rollout


Coming early February in SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo, we will have a thoughtful paper from Colin Currie, vice president for information technology and CIO, Princeton University, titled "Understanding Mobile Computing’s Impact on the Campus."

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2013 SCUP Links to Also be Archived in This Public Evernote Folder

We've succeeded at streaming all SCUP Links into an Evernote folder. This is quite handy for those who use Evernote. If you don't use Evernote,  the folder is still publicly viewable.

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

The search functionality in there works well. Only 25 in there, many more to come this year.

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Snapshot: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2012 | U.S. Green Building Council

Snapshot: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2012 | U.S. Green Building Council | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Worth checking out: Snapshot: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2012 on www.usgbc.org
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A nice annual summary of USGBC and the green building industry in 2012.

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Report: Career and Technical Education | Five Ways That Pay

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From Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. The authors describe the paper this way:


A four-year degree is the surest path to a middle class job, but what about jobs for workers in the middle? In a new report, we find that there are 29 million jobs that pay middle-class wages and don't require a four-year degree. We also explore in major detail the five essential Career and Technical Education pathways that lead to these jobs: employer-based training, industry-based certifications, apprenticeships, postsecondary certificates, and associate's degrees. 

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The Best Green Ideas of 2012

The Best Green Ideas of 2012 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Best provocative new book: The Space Between. This one was a very tough call, given The Walkable City, Jeff Speck’s definitive work on how to shape cities that put people, not cars, first, and Chuck Marohn’s burning fiscal indictment of sprawl, Thoughts on Building Strong Towns.  But my nod goes to Eric Jacobsen’s Christian case for cities, The Space Between, because of its freshness.

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A good read. Timely.

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The Future of Learning: 12 Views on Emerging Trends in Higher Education - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

In 2010 William G.Flynn and Jeff Vredevoogd wrote “The Future of Learning: 12 Views on Emerging Trends in Higher Education” for Planning for Higher Education.…...
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

What changes have you seen in the past two years, or coming at us this year?

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, December 27, 2012 12:55 PM

This article is one of the five most read Planning articles in the past two years. We think that we've seen Trend 4 accelerate: "4. Colleges and universities will be expected to deliver more education in less space—to increase their learning per square foot."


What changes in these trends have you seen in the last 2 years?

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Being Open to Tension by Design

Being Open to Tension by Design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Sannier is a radical visionary. In the flow that was EDUCAUSE, there aren't many in the crowd who can inspire, educate, and elevate at the rate that Sannier can. He might not get to where he wants to go, but at least he's willing to give it a shot. Having backing from Pearson can't hurt. It's like Sannier is head of a secret/not-secret skunkworks. Is there tension between the OpenClass idealism and the rest of Pearson proper? Maybe. However, I think it's a good tension. Differences in thinking and doing are healthy for a company like Pearson. However, it's time to up the ante. Sannier has a solid vision for how he wants to scale and grow the academic side of higher education, but what about Student Affairs? Where do we fit in the mix of scale and big ideas? When Sannier and Pearson decide to partner with, and possibly leverage, their Student Affairs connections, then, students will have a complete package for learning and engagement.

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

Eric Stoller writing about a conversation with Adrian Sannier, SVP of Product for Pearson Education, head of its OpenClass LMS, while at the recent EDUCAUSE conference.

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Resolving to Look Inward in 2013: Suggested Resolutions for Higher Education

Resolving to Look Inward in 2013: Suggested Resolutions for Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

I do have a few suggestions for institutions of higher education -- individual ones, but in many ways, higher education institutions in the aggregate. Some apply particularly for research universities (and therefore the AAU), others to higher education institutions of all kinds. They are in that sense general and directional, and all are largely related to the first:


  • We resolve to spend more time looking inward examining our culture and clarifying as organizations what we stand for and what kind of place we want to be -- and what we are not and do not want to be. We resolve to communicate, and defend, that to others. We will regain our independence and our voice.
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We think that examining and better understanding the culture is essential,

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"There's nothing wrong with cautious leadership in higher education" - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

This Inside Higher Ed essay was written by SCUPer Terry Brown, who is interim senior special assistant for academic and student affairs in the University of Wi…
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It is true that we are faced with an existential choice: adapt or die. But if in adapting we lose who we are, we have not survived. I encourage campus leaders to put down their Harvard Business Review and go see Spielberg’s "Lincoln," whose example of leadership in the midst of great social turmoil has more relevance to the context of American higher education which was itself founded on "a faith in slow, deliberate, incremental transformation."

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Riddle

Case Study

Designing informal learning spaces using student perspectives
Matthew Riddle, LaTrobe University, Australia
Kay Souter, LaTrobe University, Australia

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This article describes the design of informal learning spaces at an Australian university that support students in the generation of knowledge. Recent learning space design projects at La Trobe have been informed by a number of pre-existing projects, including a small research project on student use of technologies, a national project on learning space design, and a significant curriculum renewal process at the university. It demonstrates the ways in which evidence based on student perspectives and principles developed through applied research in teaching and learning can inform real world learning space design projects in a higher education context.

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Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning

Take Two Hours of Pine Forest and Call Me in the Morning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And nope, there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside.
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More research, this time from Japan, about walks in the woords being better for you than those in the city. Perhaps evidence of one direction college campuses might take in the future?

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robinpentition's comment, January 2, 2013 1:19 AM
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