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Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren’t What You Think

Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren’t What You Think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Conventional urbanists—call them density nostalgists—continue to see the future in legacy cities that were built out before the dominance of the car and air-conditioning, and with them the prevalence of suburban lifestyles.

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He concludes: "The critical reason for this is likely to be missed by those who worship at the altar of density and contemporary planning dogma. These cities grow primarily because they do what cities were designed to do in the first place: help their residents achieve their aspirations—and that’s why they keep getting bigger and more consequential, in spite of the planners who keep ignoring or deploring their ascendance."

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Introducing The Higher Education in the 21st Century Symposium

Introducing The Higher Education in the 21st Century Symposium | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We will be posting a link and a description/quote for each essay in the Planning for Higher Ed Mojo Blog.

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This looks like engaging and informative fun.

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The University vs. the Internet

The University vs. the Internet | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Will online education dampen the college experience? Yes. Will it be worth it? Well...
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In some respects, this is the latest chapter in an old story of faculty entrepreneurship. By the mid-twentieth century, the president of the University of California, Clark Kerr, was already describing the Berkeley faculty as “individual entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance over parking.” Today, as star professors increasingly work for themselves, more faculty members at less prestigious institutions face low wages, meager benefits, and—since many lack tenure—minimal job security. But if the new technology threatens some professors with obscurity, others face obsolescence. Language instructors may someday be replaced by multilingual versions of Siri on your iPhone. One of my colleagues speaks of the imminent “evisceration” of graduate study, once young people who might have pursued an academic career are deterred as it becomes harder and harder to find a dignified job after years of training.

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James L. Morrison's comment, April 12, 2013 12:54 PM
I just checked out Udemy.com as a venue for a course on planning and one on environmental scanning. I was intrigued to see that some courses were attracting thousands of students; professors get 70% of the tuition (which they set). I suspect that there will be more Udemys in the future and more professors using this route to supplement their incomes.
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Through the Looking Glass Call for Presentations— "Visions and Planning for the Future of Higher Education"

Through the Looking Glass Call for Presentations— "Visions and Planning for the Future of Higher Education" | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
SCUP 2013 Southern Regional Conference
October 20–22, 2013 | Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center Atlanta, GA

Call deadline is April 18!


Nothing is permanent except change; the continuous evolution of higher education is its only constant. The speed of this evolution is influenced by many drivers but as we attempt to predict what the future of higher education might look like it is evident that changes are accelerating at an unprecedented pace.


From academics to campus life; from fiscal to the environmental; the future is influenced in part by changes in expectations, technologies, pedagogies and demographics. Glimpses of the future of higher education are starting to influence the way we think of and plan for our institutions now. Student, parent, legislative and market expectations are advancing performance based, result oriented decisions on every aspect of education. Technologies are driving changes in the way education is purchased, accessed, and delivered.


Education and scholarship are no longer bound by location, time or cost. How do planners integrate academics, financial and physical parameters and interest when they are changing so quickly? What makes the campus of the future relevant in the age of online classes? What environmental and fiscal changes have to be made to accommodate changing models of learning?


We invite you to share with us session and workshop proposals that shed light on what the future of higher education could look like; projects and steps being taken or planned today that position institutions to better transition or insure their relevance in the future. How are these studies and examples successfully integrating fiscal, academic, social, administrative and physical parameters?

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Going to be a great conference.
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A = Yes. Q = Does Community Engagement Have a Place in a Placeless University?

A = Yes. Q = Does Community Engagement Have a Place in a Placeless University? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The disruption of higher education is here and our traditional models of teaching and learning have forevermore been shattered.


It makes this disruptive moment that much more unexpected. For even as I embrace certain aspects of this technological transformation, I would argue that it is a perfect time (or maybe just a last-ditch opportunity?) to make the case for place-based community-engaged learning. The global reach of MOOCs, I want to suggest, may actually help us reconnect with our local communities.

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[T]he vast majority of such MOOC registrants never make it past the first week and only about 10% end up finishing the course. What is thus truly unknown, and what we must figure out, is how we come to think about and enact community engagement both within and against the coming online transformation.


This is the state of community engagement in the disrupted university. It is a precipitous moment where traditional models and norms no longer apply so easily or thoroughly. In some cases, there are immense opportunities to be gained as faculty discover how to make their work public and bring the public into their work. In other cases, there are immense opportunities to be lost as marginalized populations and communities become ever more disenfranchised from the institutions just blocks away, yet gigabytes apart.

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Duke Adds Two New LEED Certifications | Duke Today Mobile

Duke Adds Two New LEED Certifications | Duke Today Mobile | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Duke now has 26 LEED-certified buildings.


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Congratulations to Duke U. Great sustainability leaders there.

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CCUMC 2012 - The Innovative Instructional Space Repository - A Searchable Design Resource

From the CCUMC Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 3-7, 2012. The Innovative Instructional Space Repository - A Searchable Design Resource, presented by...
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FlexSpace— What do you think of the concept?

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Building Resilience | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Building Resilience | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"We have an opportunity here step up to the plate and play an important role in enhancing and creating the social capital that makes our communities and our society resilient. While I love and value aesthetics and believe fervently that beauty matters, our work as urban designers and landscape architects is more than a matter of creating artful places. We can, and should, learn to design to increase social connectedness. What would that look like?"

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What does this look like for a college campus?

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The Last Higher Education Frontier: New mountain college towns

"[A] growing cohort of rural communities is creating contemporary college towns, and in the process, optimizing workforce development, and diversifying educational and cultural opportunities. These place-bound communities are partnering with town-gown municipal agencies, Chambers of Commerce, economic development commissions, and other mission complementary civic organizations to create mountain college towns—great places to visit, live, learn, raise families, and build businesses."

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The quote and link above go to University Business magazine. Here is an in depth local news story about the Whitefish Collegetown Project, which indicates that this month (March 2013) there was an ongoing needs assessment, that would then be followed by a year or two of planning.

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Survey— International Town & Gown Assessment 2013

Thank you for participating in this inaugural baseline survey effort to establish a knowledge base of current practices in the increasingly complex field of campus-community, or "town-gown," relations and development. The survey is organized in five sections:

Campus Edge Development
Economic Development
Off Campus Housing/Students Living in the Community
Shared Services
Friction Points

You will not have to answer every question, so feel free to skip any questions not applicable to your role or circumstances. Please provide as much detail as your time and survey space allows when responding to the open-ended completion questions. Since this is the very first survey in what is planned to be an annual project, there are several open-ended follow-up questions which will help us in formatting future iterations. All responses will be confidential and any reporting of results will be in aggregate form only.

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We urge those with relevant knowledge to complete this survey and share it. Thanks to Brailsford & Dunlavey and ITGA for this benchmarking first survey about Town & Gown.

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Activists at Colleges Network to Fight Sexual Assault

Activists at Colleges Network to Fight Sexual Assault | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Campaigns against sexual assault on campuses have connected people who, while sometimes seeking advice elsewhere, have largely learned from one another.
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Campus crisis managers and planners need to be aware of this trend. Maybe we could get ahead of it by changing the structures and processes that are currently inadequate?

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Rechetana Rathore's comment, March 21, 2013 8:55 AM
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Breaking the Tyranny of the Academic Calendar - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Breaking the Tyranny of the Academic Calendar - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In competency-based programs, student learning is assessed through tests, portfolios, clinical observations, and other measurements of knowledge. Of course, mixing and matching that system with one based on seat time would be difficult, and perhaps impossible, unless the two sides agreed on common outcomes.


“If we all work from common outcomes,” says Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, “we won’t have to care where or how students addressed those outcomes as long as they are well developed, agreed upon, and backed with rigorous assessments.”

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Crisis Planning— UC Florida Survives a Near Miss

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Excellent work by the crisis and emergency response people on this campus. Kudos.

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How It Feels [through Glass]

Want to see how Glass actually feels? It's surprisingly simple. Say "take a picture" to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you ...
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Take a couple of moments to watch this. Yes, it's beautiful. But ... just think about the world of 2020, when this type of mobile computing will be in the hands or on the faces of your students, faculty, and staff. 


We were brought to this video from a blog post about what it would be like in 2020 when books or articles you were reading were always available, everywhere, with no physical pages to turn—in a device you wear (and that can respond to subvocal or gestural commnds).


What will it mean to "know" something?

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Is It Finally Time to Kill the Credit Hour?

Is It Finally Time to Kill the Credit Hour? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Yet, even as we work toward an alternative, the credit hour is gaining new currency in state policy circles and through federal actions related to accreditation. It is very worrying that states have begun to tie performance incentives to simplistic measures of productivity, using that same old credit hour as the de facto indicator of what is “produced” with the time and money invested by students and the state. 

What policy leaders miss is that the credit hour was not designed to document the quality or level of student learning. 

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We need to take the time and learn from the assessment experiments that are going on all over higher education. We also need to build broad and compelling agreement on what twenty-first-century markers of student accomplishment actually look like. And, soberingly, that work is still in draft form.

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How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education | MIT Technology Review

How MOOCs Could Meet the Challenge of Providing a Global Education  | MIT Technology Review | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Putting free U.S. college courses online is only the first step to filling higher education needs around the world.
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Right now, in Rwanda, a nonprofit called Generation Rwanda is getting started on an ambitious experiment that is likely among the first of its kind: an entirely MOOC-based university.


Though it is only entering pilot stages later this year, its eventual goal is to create a 400-person university in Rwanda, with MOOCs providing the lessons and teaching fellows guiding students through discussions and problematic areas. To start, the first students will try out a Harvard University course onJustice, and a University of Edinburgh course on Critical Thinking and Global Challenges, says executive director Jamie Hodari. Already, the program has struck a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University to test and certify associates degrees as its startup university gets off the ground, he says.


Hodari believes that as MOOC providers get better at mining their student data to see how an individual is stumbling, the less expert his TA facilitators will need to be in a particular topic, which will help to save costs. The nonprofit’s ambition is to offer full-year tuition for about $1,500 a year or less.

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Kate Maclean's curator insight, April 3, 2013 6:11 AM

I have MOOC-ED and loved it!

Kate Maclean's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:00 AM

I love Moocs!

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Suzy Lee Weiss: To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me

Suzy Lee Weiss: To (All) the Colleges That Rejected Me | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, high-school senior Suzy Lee Weiss imagines how her fate might have differed if she had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.
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Seriously.

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Lab Equipment Made With 3-D Printers Could Cut Costs by 97%

Lab Equipment Made With 3-D Printers Could Cut Costs by 97% | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"One concerted attempt to replace commercially available lab equipment with items generated largely with 3-D printing technology found that costs could be cut by as much as 97 percent, according to the study’s findings, which were published this week in PLOS One."

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new book— "Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality"

Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

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Writing about this book in Inside Higher Ed, Allie Grasgreen says:


"The students who end up at Midwestern University – a pseudonym for the flagship institution where Armstrong and Hamilton follow a group of women through their college careers, from the dorm floor to a year post-graduation – are socially minded. Thus, to lure and keep those students, institutions have come to structure their academic and social frameworks in a way that accommodates that population.


The result of this 'party pathway' is more than just a substandard education for those students, whose significant family resources and connections -- which set them up for jobs after graduation, regardless of credentials -- allow them to take easy majors and spend as much time if not more drinking as they do studying. It also deters those on the “mobility pathway,” as those low-income students seeking entry into the middle class are both poorly supported and distracted by the party framework. As a result, many of these students struggle to succeed -- meandering through college for six years or more -- or drop out altogether."

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Verity Dogood's comment, April 8, 2013 5:45 PM
While the author makes a valid point - it's not new.Apparently the author and the intended audience never saw "Animal House" Those grey panthers (like me) who remember that also remember John Belushi's comment when they frat was kicked out of university "Seven years of college down the drain" - this has been going on for years.
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Is This the Google of Green Building?

Is This the Google of Green Building? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A new USGBC search tool allows users plain English information about the green building characteristics of buildings and cities.
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Au Science Magazine Issue 6: Hidden Science

Issue 6 of Au Science Magazine, produced entirely by students at the University of Aberdeen! This time we're taking a look at Hidden Science, along with our regular features and news section.
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This is featured by Scientific American as a significant undergraduate project.
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book excerpt: Change is a People Process - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

book excerpt: Change is a People Process - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We are pleased to share Chapter One: Change is a People Process (pdf) of the society's forthcoming book, The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education.

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Get your copy in SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo. 


Robert P. Delprino is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Buffalo State. He is a graduate of the SCUP Planning Institute and serves as a faculty trainer for the institute. He is an appointed member of Buffalo State’s Planning Council, which guides the planning and implementation of the college’s strategic plan. He earned his doctorate degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Old Dominion University and his master’s degree in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.


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Forecasting Higher Education - OnlineDegrees.org

Forecasting Higher Education - OnlineDegrees.org | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Discover the technologies that the New Media Consortium are saying will impact higher education in the coming years.
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SCUP Radio— This is where the answers are

SCUP Radio— This is where the answers are | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Listen to— John Casteen (former UVA president) and Glenn DuBois (chancellor of the Virginia Community College System) about their forthcoming opening and closing plenary sessions at SCUP's 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at Georgetown on April 7–9: "Is higher education still the gateway for opportunity in America?" They are optimistic!

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Nankouma Condé's comment, March 28, 2013 9:37 PM
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