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Competitive Advantage? | Inside Higher Ed

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A headline in Forbes this week caught my eye -- “It’s Official! The End of Competitive Advantage.”  I was intrigued. 


The article discussed a new book, “The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business.” The author argues that strategy frameworks are designed to help organizations find a sustainable competitive advantage, but in the new frontier successful organizations will realize that an ‘advantage’ may only be temporary.  To that end, innovation has become more intertwined with strategy, instead of being viewed as a separate activity.  Determining a strategy and then hunkering down with tunnel vision to execute it for the next decade or so may not be the way to remain a relevant and thriving business.  Opportunities change and market needs morph.

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The Minerva Project pushing proposal to create new accreditation system

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The measure would direct accreditors "to develop an expedited process by which new and innovative institutions that agree to enhanced oversight can earn accreditation prior to enrolling their first students." That approval, as the measure’s proponents imagine it, would not grant access to federal financial aid as full-blown accreditation does, but it would give a stamp of authority to providers before they enroll a single student.

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How Facebook and Brooklyn Killed America's Obsession With Cars

How Facebook and Brooklyn Killed America's Obsession With Cars | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

[T]he other explanation for the decline in driving is more interesting: the rise in internet use amongst the same demographic that used to be so eager to hop behind the wheel. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan discovered that "a higher proportion of internet users was associated with a lower licensure rate," which they found to be "consistent with the hypothesis that access to virtual contact reduces the need for actual contact among young people."

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A trend to watch.

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What Colleges Can Learn From K-12 Education - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

n the short term, the federal government should support research on how much more it costs to adequately educate low-income college students compared with their middle-class peers, an analysis that has been widely conducted at the K-12 level. Likewise, the panel calls for greater transparency in public subsidies of wealthy four-year colleges through tax breaks. In the longer term, the task force seeks the creation of state and federal fund streams for higher education, coupled with accountability for outcomes, similar to those at the K-12 level that support institutions with greater numbers of low-income students.


To reduce stratification, the task force backs policies to attract more middle-class students to community colleges (funds for honors programs, guaranteed transfer to four-year institutions, the ability to grant bachelor’s degrees in certain disciplines). For their part, four-year colleges should agree to accept community-college transfers for 5 percent of their junior class and should get public incentives to recruit low-income students out of high school.

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Shelly Reckow VanVoorst's curator insight, October 24, 2015 7:59 PM

I scooped this article because this is a big issue with all students no matter what their economic or racial status may be.  The idea that students are entering college but not finishing with a degree is a big deal.  High schools have been held accountable for years for students who enter high school, but do not graduate.  I believe that post-secondary opportunities should be held accountable as well.  Unfortunately the article focuses on funding and racial issues more than anything else.  I hope that as task forces of teachers who work with seniors in high school read this article they also take into account the first time college goers, and the transition that they face from high school to college, no matter how big or small of a campus they are transferring too.  I hope that consideration is given to students who need guidance how to register for classes, how to navigate campus and find help, how to locate and meet to talk with an advisor.  These are small things that we take for granted, but they are things that could cause a student to drop out because they don't know how to find the answers. . . .

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Community colleges must back report's call for equitable funding (essay)

Attention (please), all 11 million community college students and 1,200 community college presidents.  (I am screaming here.)  Where are you?  The Century Foundation started a revolution -– for all of you.

This revolution comes in The Report of the Century Foundation Task Force on Preventing Community Colleges from Becoming Separate and Unequal, released last Thursday in Washington, D.C.  Revolution? Yes. Now, you, 11 million students and1,100 presidents, need to revolt.

In a-dream-I-have come true, the Century Foundation report offers not only a policy path to righting the disgraceful inequities of community college funding but also a litigation strategy from the civil rights attorney John Brittain. (Disclaimer: I met Brittan in the 1990s, when I was on a Connecticut school board while he was successfully litigating Sheff versus O’Neill, one of the first cases to equalize K-12 funding beyond local property taxes. Brittain is a hero of mine.) 

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The Technology Outlook for Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013–2018

The Technology Outlook for Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013–2018 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Technology Outlook for Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018identifies BYODflipped classroomonline learning, and social media as technologies expected to enter mainstream use at community, technical, and junior colleges in the first horizon of one year or less. Badges,games and gamificationlearning analytics, and next generation LMS are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; the Internet of Thingsnatural user interfacesvirtual assistants, and virtual and remote laboratories are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.

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Campus Sustainability Day

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Celebrating sustainability in higher education
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Wednesday, October 23. Plan something!

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House signals approval for campus construction bonds

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The Texas House gave tentative approval to billions of dollars in bonds for campus construction projects on Monday.
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The campus construction bill approved Tuesday by the state Senate includes $213.6 million for projects at the Texas State University System, more than 60 percent of which is earmarked for Texas State in San Marcos and Round Rock

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trends— In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One

trends— In the Programmable World, All Our Objects Will Act as One | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
We are surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Soon we'll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, and even save our lives.
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Students Might Not Be 'Academically Adrift' After All, Study Finds

While perhaps not a direct rebuke to Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, the blockbuster 2011 book that documented what its authors argued was meager learning on campuses, the studies, by the Council for Aid to Education, do offer a sunnier counternarrative.


"It's probably a more nuanced story," said Roger Benjamin, the council's president, in an interview on Friday. The results described in reports on the studies, "Does College Matter? Measuring Critical-Thinking Outcomes Using the CLA" and "Three Principle Questions About Critical-Thinking Tests," were presented in an off-the-record session here at the American Enterprise Institute.


In "Does College Matter?," the council found that, at a typical college, students' scores on the Collegiate Learning Assessment, or CLA, rose 108 points, on a scale that ranges from about 400 to 1600, between freshman and senior years.

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Managing Risk on Campus

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When I first started seeing the phrase “enterprise risk management” pop up in higher education literature, my reaction was one of skepticism. It seemed to me yet another idea of limited value that someone had created a label for, to make it seem more important than it really was.  Although some of that skepticism remains, I find myself increasingly in sympathy with some of its basic tenets, particularly in relation to preparing for risks arising from operating conditions, natural disasters and poor planning.

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Why American Colleges Are Becoming a Force for Inequality

Why American Colleges Are Becoming a Force for Inequality | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Higher education should be closing the gap between the rich and the poor. But college economics are driving them further apart
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Worthy.

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Landscape and Walkability— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize

Landscape and Walkability— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Call for the 2013 Perry Chapman Prize is live through May only. Respondents are asked to address the question: How does the physical campus support institu…
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Reading Comprehension Just as Good Using a Kindle as Reading on Paper

Reading Comprehension Just as Good Using a Kindle as Reading on Paper | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A significant milestone was passed last August when Amazon announced that sales of books on its Kindle e-reader platform outstripped print sales for the first time. There's no question that e-readers are convenient - you can load a single device with thousands of titles. But some commentators have started to question whether digital reading has adverse effects on memory and comprehension compared with reading from print.

In 2010, a reassuring study in fact found no difference in recall after reading material electronically versus paper. Now Sara Margolin and her colleagues have looked at reading comprehension and again found no deficits in understanding of material consumed on a Kindle or a computer versus paper. 

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

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new book set— Campus Housing Management

new book set— Campus Housing Management | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

ACUHO-I is excited to announce the release of a new book series that provides the most comprehensive picture of what it means to work in campus housing. 

Campus Housing Management is a six-volume set of titles edited by Norbert W. Dunkel and James A. Baumann. Based on categories of work established in the ACUHO-I Core Competencies, each volume explores a different aspect of the profession. All together, more than 80 authors collaborated to write 53 chapters that span 1,500 pages rich with information and resources. 

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Wow!

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Five Ways for Colleges and Universities to Get Smart About Energy | University Business Magazine

Five Ways for Colleges and Universities to Get Smart About Energy | University Business Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

There are ultimately only two levers to reduce energy usage: capital investments (better equipment) and operating adjustments (changing how energy is used). Capital investments have proven returns but often require a capital outlay for which educational institutions can lack budget. But the good news is there are significant savings that can be recouped simply by making low- or no-cost adjustments to existing operating processes.


Here’s a look at the five most common, no-cost energy efficiency measures that can immediately help educational institutions save money and dramatically improve operational efficiency, without sacrificing occupant comfort:

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Students Go Into the Consulting Business for Cities

Students at the U. of Oregon, acting as consultants, test ways to help nearby cities. The idea is spreading.

Rich Margerum (right), head of the department of planning, public policy, and management at the U. of Oregon, talks with a recent graduate student, Mary Adams, on a former railroad bridge remade into a pedestrian path leading to downtown Salem, Ore.

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Documents shed light on details of Georgia Tech-Udacity deal

The details behind Georgia Tech's new deal with Udacity: big dollars and new types of instructional aides -- including some who work for the outside company.

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A Design Revolution That Could Lift Humanity

A Design Revolution That Could Lift Humanity | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press).In iconic nature scenes, one shape is ubiquitous: the tree.
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Mathematicians categorize fractals by their density (D) on a scale of 1 to 2, 1 being a flat line and 2 being complete fill; environmentally, the open ocean approximates D=1, while a thick jungle approaches D=2. Experiments by physicist Richard Taylor and others repeatedly reveal that a large majority of people (94 percent in Taylor’s experiments) prefer a density around 1.3 or 1.4, which matches acacia- and savanna-like images, including the abstract diagrams from the Wise experiment. The theory is that a preference for these kinds of fractal images is genetically imprinted at a density we associate with the optimal environment for survival--too sparse means not enough sustenance, and too dense means not enough opportunity for surveillance. Using eye-tracking techniques, Taylor also has shown that we tend to scan our surroundings with a fractal pattern approximating the preferred density, even when that pattern doesn’t exist in the visual field. We seek out the desired imagery everywhere we look.

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NACUBO: More Than Good Neighbors

NACUBO: More Than Good Neighbors | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

From Business Officer magazine:


This more modern sense of engagement that has emerged reflects what Ira Harkavy and others would call an enlightened self-interest—a greater understanding not only of the connection between the health of the community and the health of the institution, but also of the capacity of the institution to address societal needs. "While they cannot transform their local environments single-handedly, colleges and universities possess the intellectual and human capital required to leverage real and lasting change," argues Harkavy, associate vice president and director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Increased civic and economic outreach can strengthen an anchor institution’s already stabilizing community influence.

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Higher Ed Planning in Africa

Higher Ed Planning in Africa | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

JoEllyn and Doug Fountain, after serving in a variety of planning roles at a fast-growing Ungandan university, have written the guide they say they wish that someone had handed to them when they began.

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

SCUP is pleased to be publishing this new book in July 2013. If you would like to discuss university planning in Africa with the authors and others, consider joining this Mojo group.If your company would like to underwrite publication of this book, which will be free to all at no cost, contact terry.calhoun@scup.org.

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COOCs Over MOOCs : New England Board of Higher Education

COOCs Over MOOCs : New England Board of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At New England College of Business and Finance (NECB), we focus on what I like to call “classically offered online classes” or COOCs, instead of MOOCs. Through COOCs, our school is lowering the cost of education in ways that preserve quality. For instance, our model, which is 100 percent online, has the attributes of a true classroom with peer cohesion and development among students, faculty leadership and institutional support services. We also offer services that resemble more traditional institutions including alumni and career services, library and research skills workshops, and 24/7 free, online tutoring, as well as the Canvas Learning Management System, a virtual learning platform where students can discuss their coursework with faculty and their peers.

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MOOC Professors Claim No Responsibility for How Courses Are Used

MOOC Professors Claim No Responsibility for How Courses Are Used | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Really, though, it is a university’s faculty, and not technology vendors and their collaborators, that is responsible for reining in reckless administrative efforts, says Mr. Noor. “Ultimately, faculty at individual colleges need to be the driving force behind what students at their campuses are using,” he says.


“And if that’s not the case” at San Jose State, says Mr. Noor, then MOOCs are “the least of the faculty’s problems.”

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Are MOOCs really this disruptive?

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Barry University considers asking contract bidders to provide internships

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That is a consideration Barry University, a private university in Miami, might weigh after administrators rework the university’s process of issuing requests for proposals and evaluating the bids of potential contractors for everything from dining services to office supplies to accounting.

Barry’s administrators see the hundreds of relationships the university has with suppliers of goods and services as an untapped resource to give their students job preparation while they’re in college and potential avenues to postgraduate employment.


“We have a career center like everyone else that works with companies and develops relationships with companies, but we’ve never done much to connect the business side of the university with the academic side,” said Sara Herald, vice president for institutional advancement and external affairs. “We’ve never had a dialogue about how they could help.

“There are hundreds of vendors who work with the university, and we don’t necessarily introduce them to students. We think there’s potential there.”

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How to Use Project Management Tools to Integrate Strategic Planning Implementation and the Accreditation Cycle

How to Use Project Management Tools to Integrate Strategic Planning Implementation and the Accreditation Cycle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Connecting Your Institution’s Achievements to Demonstrate a Culture of Compliance," by Susan Paraska, director of institutional effectiveness at Kennesaw State University, presents a method for integrating strategic plan implementation and the planning requirements of the accreditation cycle using project management tools.


This Planning for Higher Education article can be downloaded from this page only through Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Jan Lubin's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:24 AM

This planning process should help anyone involved with the current accreditation process.