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Times Higher Education - Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Times Higher Education - Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Harry, one final question. Why are we pretending to be a TV show in a book review?"


"Because we're stuck in a pastiche of Wheelan's frequently used CSI analogy."

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From: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data


By Charles Wheelan

W.W. Norton, 320pp, £18.99

ISBN 9780393071955

Published 7 February 2013

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Offline: love, loss, and dating without Facebook

Offline: love, loss, and dating without Facebook | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There’s only been one girl in this year without the internet. I liked her "that way," and she didn’t like me "that way," and so that was that. But it was fun while it almost lasted.
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"I was surprised how little I 'knew' about her from my hours of conversation, versus his minutes of Google work." 


Worth a skim to think about "real" versus "virtual"

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Are Colleges in the Northeast Prepared for the New Demographic Reality?

Are Colleges in the Northeast Prepared for the New Demographic Reality? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

these trends should also serve as a call for higher education and state government leaders to look for creative solutions. As my co-authors and I suggest in our new book, Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education, successful institutions in the future will need to be mission driven, adaptable, and seek out partnerships with the community. When faced with these changing demographics, many institutions will want to respond by expanding programs, often without consideration of their core mission and risking losing their distinctiveness. Successful institutions should instead focus on aligning and strengthening those programs that support the institution’s mission. In competitive markets, institutions need to find way to distinguish themselves from other competitors and staying mission focused is an important first step. When looking to expand the mission, make sure it is strategic and purposeful.


But both states and institutions need to look for ways to adapt to changing demographics and economic conditions. To offset declining local enrollments, institutions will have to look at new populations within the state and reach further into the out-of-state market. In some regions, institutions can target nontraditional students, helping midcareer workers to retool their skills; or expanding access to minority and first-generation college students. When looking out of state, institutions need to look beyond the Northeast. They need to target growth markets in the South and West of the United States (where many Northeasterners have relocated), as well as nations such as China and India that lack the capacity to serve the growing demand for higher education. Institutions in the Northeast might also look at ways to tap into the Canadian market, which is close, but often overlooked.


Finally, institutions should look for ways to partner with each other and other entities to provide low-cost and flexible arrangements to students.

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The Northeast is deeper in touble than elsewhere.

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SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo - Join our collegial odyssey—based on v41n1 of "Planning for Higher Education"

SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo - Join our collegial odyssey—based on v41n1 of "Planning for Higher Education" | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo is a social network
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Wow, really like this.

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Mojo Week 5 | Change-Disruption | Learning from Information Technology - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Mojo Week 5 | Change-Disruption | Learning from Information Technology - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
According to Michael Hites and Kelly J. Block, of the University of Illinois, information technology is a ...Field That Changes Rapidly and Disrupts Everythin…
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"When an institution must respond to disruptive change, good IT planning is a necessity." Do you agree? What are your professional experiences with planning for and responding to information technology?

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Entrepreneurship Courses: What Students Can Expect

Entrepreneurship Courses: What Students Can Expect | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As recent grads navigate a recovering job market, colleges are preparing their students for business ownership as a viable career option after graduation by offering entrepreneurship courses.

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Everyone should have a business, especially in retirement!

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SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo - Join our collegial odyssey—based on v41n1 of "Planning for Higher Education"

SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo - Join our collegial odyssey—based on v41n1 of "Planning for Higher Education" | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo is a social network
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Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition | UMass, Dartmouth

Claire T. Carney Library Renovation and Addition | UMass, Dartmouth | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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"Wrestling with Rudolph: Changing an important complex by a major (but difficult) architect poses both dangers and the chance to keep his work alive."
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America's Call for Higher Ed Redesign | Lumina & Gallup Report

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America's Call for Higher Education Redesign is a survey report by Gallup and Lumina.

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A Women's College Tries a Transformation - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Women's College Tries a Transformation - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Armed with data and projections about budgets and future enrollments, Wilson College, in Pennsylvania, considers a slew of changes, including men.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Really good story from Scott Carlson. He addresses a planning process, a transparency with data, several sides of an important cultural and identity issue for the college, and some dealing with what we're talking about in the Mojo right now asa  "lack of urgency" about coping with the external forces of change. Some will see some lessons to learn in this story.


Please share your thoughts.

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Wisconsin considers tighter for-profit rules as campuses close in Milwaukee | Inside Higher Ed

Wisconsin considers tighter for-profit rules as campuses close in Milwaukee | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Wisconsin is shaping up to be an important front in the battle over for-profit higher education, with a likely crackdown in Milwaukee and a brewing debate over tighter regulations at the state level.


Milwaukee’s city council is set to vote this week on a proposed ordinance that would require for-profits to jump through new hoops to receive city money, including real estate subsidies for private developers that work with the sector. The ordinance, which is likely to pass, follows the shuttering last fall of a controversial Everest College campus, which went belly-up less than two years after opening its doors."å

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Different "performance standards" for colleges?

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The Overview § Gates of Harvard Yard

The Overview § Gates of Harvard Yard | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

From the majestic Johnston Gate to the striped Dexter Gate and its oft-quoted inscription, “Enter to Grow in Wisdom,” the iconic portals that enclose Harvard Yard are as much a part of the Cambridge experience as Georgian cupolas silhouetted against the sky and rowing shells skimming over the Charles River.

The gates represent a legacy of enormous  value, one that reflects the talents of their architects, the vision of Harvard’s leaders and the generosity of the university’s graduates, from a Wall Street financier who successfully defended the America’s Cup to a fellow of considerably more modest means who pledged $2 for the Class of 1889 Gate—to be paid in two installments.

Yet the the gates are not widely appreciated, especially by the students who scurry through them. And their complete story—a tale of wealth, power, artistic vision, institutional and personal ambition, love and human tragedy—has never before been fully told.

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

This is truly superb. A just-held, week long Nieman class at Harvard, the subject of which is, collectively, Harvard's 26 gates. Beautiful photographs and beautiful writing. We're sure many SCUPers will love this resource.


"Harvard has every reason to be proud of its gates, an extraordinary collection of architectural gems. Yet many of them could use a little buffing and a lot of TLC. We hope the publication of these essays will lead to a broader appreciation of the gates’ history and design—and a new resolve to treat their distinguished legacy with the care and respect it richly deserves.

—Blair Kamin 
Chicago Tribune architecture critic and 2013 Nieman Fellow"

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Anne Bosworth's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:51 PM

An interesting and worthwhile read...

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in education, technology, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in higher education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.


'Campus leaders and practitioners across the world use the report as a springboard for discussion around significant trends and challenges,' says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC. 'The biggest trend identified by the advisory this year reflects the increasing adoption of openness on and beyond campuses, be it in the form of open content or easy access to data. This transition is promising, but there is now a major need for content curation.'"

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

We eagerly await each year's version of this great report. Haven't read this year's yet, but it's high on our list. What do you think of the 12 emerging technologies?

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Christine Bauer-Ramazani's curator insight, January 7, 2014 4:09 PM

excellent readings for my CALL course

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What makes an academic leader? | Inside Higher Ed

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"Collegial leadership means that the administrative responsibilities are taken over by one member of the faculty at a time, who becomes a sort of “primus inter pares”. This has consequences for the job criteria: not only must the proposed leader demonstrate managerial capacities (flexible, adaptable, strategic and most of all effective), but she or he must also be a resourceful scholar with a good publication record and deserving academic performance."

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, February 18, 2013 5:52 PM

This is an interesting take on academic administration. I wonder how much of it applies in U.S. higher education, where I work.

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The Creative Walk | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

The Creative Walk | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[W]e know, both intuitively and practically, that socially interactive spaces, furnished with warm materials and rich textures, are beneficial and useful to the people who occupy them. But how do you convince the data-driven person who pays the bills? Buildings cost money. Owners want their dollars to go far. That’s reasonable. It’s because of this that architects are asked to prove that their designs marry performance and efficiency with inspiration and user comfort."

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, February 20, 2013 10:00 AM

This is a fascinating piece about designing workplaces to stimulate creativity and productivity. Having recently come through the design phase for a new library building, I have a better appreciation for what we and our architects came up with, particularly in the attributes of our atrium and thoroughfares.

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College Costs, Battled One Paycheck at a Time

College Costs, Battled One Paycheck at a Time | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The modern realities of soaring tuition and other expenses are testing, but not defeating, the tradition of working one’s way through school.
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It's a rare non-wealthy student who can finish without debt. This is a lengthy, in depth story considering issues and also telling personal stories of students working their way through school

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IT— Planning in a Field That Changes Rapidly and Disrupts Everything - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

IT— Planning in a Field That Changes Rapidly and Disrupts Everything - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Solving the long-range information technology planning problem by cultivating leadership, governance, and integrated planning.


Download the article free through Thursday, February 14, 2013.

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About the authors:

Michael Hites is senior associate vice president for administrative information technology services and CIO at the University of Illinois. He advances collaborative vision, strategy, management, and accountability for enterprise-wide information technology services within the University of Illinois’ multicampus environment. He has also led institutional research, library services, and distance education services. He has developed leadership program curricula and led strategic planning and IT planning for several universities. He is a former member of the SCUP Board of Directors and one of Computerworld’s Premier100 IT Leaders.


Kelly J. Block is assistant vice president for portfolio and planning management and leads the Portfolio and Process Management Office (PPMO) for the Office of the CIO at the University of Illinois. The PPMO focuses on providing services, tools, and standards for project and portfolio management, IT governance, and business process improvement.

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AAC&U Monographs | Informal essays and provocations into institutional missions

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Informal essays and provocations that support and deepen inclusive and intentional campus-based consideration of an institution’s own civic mission and the civic mission of higher education today.

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Stephen Forrest Commentary on Sequestration

University of Michigan vice president for research Stephen Forrest comments on the possible consequences of sequestration by Congress on the future of crucial research in the United States.

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Eight Brilliant Minds on the Future of Online Education

"It's hard to know when it will happen but at some point this will be transformative. The first stage is when it does what was being done before but better. That's what is happening now. But we're going to where we don't need to have two semesters, classes of same length, grading on the basis of things called exams. You can't think of another industry where a list of top 10 providers is perfectly correlated to what it was in 1960."


-Larry Summers, HBR Blog

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And Clark Kerr discovered that the university was the most stable and long lasting institution over 1,000 years. Hmm.

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Don't Let Strategy Become Planning

Don't Let Strategy Become Planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"But how does a strategic plan of this sort differ from a budget? Many people with whom I work find it hard to distinguish between the two and wonder why a company needs to have both. And I think they are right to wonder. The vast majority of strategic plans that I have seen over 30 years of working in the strategy realm are simply budgets with lots of explanatory words attached. This may be the case because the finance function is deeply involved in the strategy process in most organizations. But it is also the cause of the deep antipathy I see, especially amongst line executives, toward strategic planning. I know very few who look forward with joy to the commencement of the next strategic planning cycle."

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Really? "To make strategy more interesting — and different from a budget — we need to break free of this obsession with planning."

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Student loans: The next housing bubble

Student loans: The next housing bubble | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
College students accrue hundreds of thousands in debt with little hope of paying it back. It's a cruel game
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Is it really this bad? Are we wrapped up in a heuristic bubble where this doesn't exist? But it does?


"[A] new report from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which indicates that nearly half of all employed college graduates have jobs that require less than a four-year college education. Despite such sobering statistics, the higher-education complex remains remarkably successful at ensuring that American taxpayers fund the acquisition of educational credentials that, in many cases, leave the people who obtain them worse off than they were before they enrolled.


Far from being 'priceless,' as the promoters of ever-more spending on higher education would have Americans believe, both undergraduate and post-graduate education is turning out to be a catastrophic investment for many young and not-so-young adults."

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Anne Bosworth's comment, February 6, 2013 12:27 PM
Have you read http://www.amazon.com/Strapped-Americas-30-Somethings-Cant-Ahead/dp/1400079977/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360170859&sr=1-1&keywords=Strapped The issue they point to really digs in deep to the emerging nightmare of college debt. The trouble isn't just something that's coming for future generations of college students it's here and now, particularly among non-traditional students who are trying to break through some economic ceilings by seeking a college degree. The tentacles of the problem are many and far reaching. We have created a culture where a college degree is being used as a tool of exclusion for employment. People who are not really interested in being educated/expanded are filing into colleges and universities simply for having a job. They expect their schools to be vocational training, and treat the experience with a consumer mentality. In many instances the theories and missions of colleges and universities have helped create a culture of entitlement that has horrible consequences on a variety of levels. We are not developing a strong pool of skilled tradespeople because they have been convinced that trades are "less than" and we have mountains of students who are disinterested in scholarship. They are taking out loans and accessing government resources and demanding more services all at the same time. The effects are visible on every point of the continuum. Doctoral degrees are flooding the system at the top end, and BA degrees are being used like high school diplomas for "good job" eligibility. By the time it's all over everyone is buried in debt and few are satisfied with their careers. This cannot continue.
khurram@CruiseinDubai.com's comment, February 7, 2013 6:43 AM
http://bit.ly/120BoFn very beautiful written blog
Arthur Harrington's curator insight, January 2, 5:47 PM

Break away from the life-long debt trap. Become debt free faster than you probably ever thought possible. 

http://www.paymentsbegone.com

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The Complicated World of Higher Education for Troops and Veterans

The Complicated World of Higher Education for Troops and Veterans | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
With more than $10 billion being spent this year educating troops and veterans, the order has been given: help them graduate. But how?
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“'There is very little data as relates to persistence and completion for veterans,' said Bryan J. Cook, director of the Center for Policy Analysis at the American Council on Education. 'The primary source of data for all students is one that looks at a small sample of first-time, full-time students, a group which most veterans do not fall into.'

That may soon change."

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College leaders need to reframe discussion of value

A national survey of 305 businesses across sectors, conducted for the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), demonstrated powerfully that employers are much less interested in undergraduate major than they are in oral and written communication skills, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, the ability to analyze and solve complex problems, quantitative literacy, the ability to collaborate and to work in diverse groups, the capacity for ethical decision making and for creativity and innovation -- all of which align completely with the essential learning outcomes articulated in AAC&U’s “Liberal Education and America’s Promise” (LEAP) initiative.


These data run counter to recent arguments by some governors that job skills training should be prioritized at the expense of liberal arts programs. These elected officials need to be introduced to today’s liberal arts— where liberal education is integrated with preparation for the world of practice, and where the outcomes directly address the stated needs of America’s employers."

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Things are getting tough in the small liberl arts colleges marketplace.

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new journal— Learning Communities Research and Practice

Abstract

Within a 25-year period, the dramatic changes from college education as a “private good” that serves a predominantly white male student population to college education as a “public good”—where almost 90% of high school students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds aspire to attend college—has forced higher education to face a new complex reality: the students present are not the ones we know how to teach. Faced with a series of problems associated with student persistence, retention, and graduation, the challenge for learning community practitioners is to provide evidence to campus leaders that “the magic ingredient” of most successful learning communities—the collaboration between student affairs and academic affairs—does make a difference in student engagement and success. Without evidence and proof, though, learning community programs will not be allocated needed resources. This transcript of a 2007 keynote was given at the 12th Annual National Learning Communities Conference by the statewide director of the P-20 alignment work at the University System of Maryland.

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

A sample article from this new journal is this Perspective piece by Nancy Shapiro, titled "When the Students We Have Are Not the Students We Want: The Transformative Power of Learning Communities."

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