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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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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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Sequester Watch: Air Force and Coast Guard Suspend Tuition Assistance Programs

Last week the Marine Corps and the Army both announced they would discontinue their programs, which provide active-duty service members with up to $4,500 a year to participate in high-school completion courses and certificate programs, or to work toward a college degree.

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League for Innovation, Day 1 | Dean Dad | Behavioral economics and 'initiative fatigue'

"Finally, Diana Oblinger, the President and CEO of Educause, gave a plenary that picked up largely where Sebastian left off.  She went through a host of examples of colleges that are using analytics and other software in fascinating ways, of which my favorite was Austin Peay State University’s program that gives students “top ten” course recommendations for the following semester, complete with projected grades.  The idea is to keep students on track by “nudging” them towards the “right” choices.

As Oblinger went through her examples, I was struck by the heavy (acknowledged) borrowing from behavioral economics.  Behavioral economics uses observed behavior to change the ways that people make decisions.  For example, people are easily overwhelmed by too many options; sometimes they’ll just walk away rather than make a choice.  (Note the parallel to “initiative fatigue.”)  If we don’t have the stomach to mandate decisions, but we don’t want students to just throw up their hands at seemingly infinite options, then we can use “nudging” to push students towards the choices we want them to make.  Top ten lists are a way to do that.  Students are still free to go off the top ten list, but most don’t."

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"The second presentation, by President Susan Karr and academic vice president Lee Ann Nutt of Lone Star College in Houston, addressed “initiative fatigue.”  Anyone who has worked in administration for very long knows the drill: every year or two a new project with a new acronym comes along, and most of the usual suspects address the same questions they addressed last year.  Over time, the various projects overlap, deadlines start to crash into each other, people start to forget what got said where, and after a few years, people start to adopt a “been there, done that” attitude.

They took a crack at breaking initiative fatigue by setting up a coordinating committee with a master chart of outcomes.  The idea was to map who was doing what, so redundancies could be identified and undue duplication avoided.  (Presumably, it could also help identify the areas of minimal coverage, where future projects would be welcome, and areas of ample coverage, where the horse is well and truly dead.)  Yes, it’s almost a parody of administration to suggest a “committee on committees,” but in practice it can make a lot of sense."

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At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators

At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Who should lead innovation in education—teachers or entrepreneurs? That key question was in the air here at this year’s South-by-Southwest Edu conference, which brought together a mix of entrepreneurs and educators for four days of panels and a competition for education start-ups.

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Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise

Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Daylighting and ramps are, indeed, good design — respectively, they save building owners money by conserving energy and allow access to people with disabilities. So is centrally locating a generously sized grand staircase that encourages able-bodied people to walk rather than ride an elevator — it could be one of the key weapons in the battle against obesity.

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With regard to active design, SCUP member Jim Kalvelage of Opsis Architecture is quoted: "Some of it we do naturally — it's kind of how we think about stuff. I can think of a lot of great examples of what it means in terms of the interconnection of indoor and outdoor space, or the design of stairs that make you want to go up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. One of the very first recreation centers I worked on was a two-story building on a sloping topography, so it used a ramp to move between floors so that people were actually interacting with the building instead of coming down an elevator."

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The city, the future, and you

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“Is ‘making do’ the best we can expect in our future? Is the future simply making the best of a bad situation? Will the way forward be reduced to finding a way out?”

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“The city, the future, and you” is the title of Chapter One, Part One of Glen Hiemstra and Dennis Walsh’ new book. It doesn’t have a title yet, but you can read all of it, in installments, at Futurist.

Hiemstra is the opening plenary speaker at SCUP’s Pacific Region’s 2013 conference March 24–27 at the Auraria Higher Education Center (Denver), Place Making: Strategic Identity + Place Making.

Denver-based conference co-chairs Christine King of JE Dunn Construction and Steven Schonberger of NAC Architecture are excited about the conference kicking off with such a big picture viewpoint. So we thought we’d share parts of Hiemstra and Walsh’ book, ahead of time:

Some people need to know everything before they do anything. They spend their whole life avoiding the unknown, when really they don’t have to know everything, just enough to know enough. Then there’s the “me too” crowd. They don’t think cities have to change anything. They don’t get the new global economic reality. They assume that everything will soon go back to the way it was and all will be well in the end. They’re not about to change a thing. Don’t be one of them. Step out. Make a move. You may not always be right, but the odds are in your favor that you’ll get somewhere.


There’s a shift is coming that’s going to shake the world. ...

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Social capital: the benefit of Facebook ‘friends’

Social capital: the benefit of Facebook ‘friends’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Abstract: This research investigated the role Facebook use plays in the creation or maintenance of social capital among university students in South Africa. Data were collected using questionnaires completed by over 800 students from 7 universities. The questionnaire was obtained from a study conducted in Michigan State University (Ellison N.B., Steinfield, C., and Lampe, C., 2007. The benefits of Facebook “Friends”: social capital and college students' use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4), 1143–1168.). Empirical research has linked social capital to many positives in society, such as improved mental and physical health, economic well-being, etc. Thus, social capital is important for the success of civil society. This research examined the relationships between Facebook use and the formation and maintenance of social capital amongst university students. The study also examined factors specific to the South African context and drew comparisons to the results of the original study. Analysis of the results suggests a strong association between the intensity of Facebook use and perceived bridging, bonding and maintained social capital. This paper broadens the understanding of Facebook usage by introducing the dimensions of race and age. Facebook usage was found to interact with measures of psychological well-being, suggesting that it might be beneficial to students experiencing low self-esteem and low life satisfaction.

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What reality is, is changing. This may be the most significant external forcer acting on higher education.

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Oberlin Cancels Classes After Reported Klan Sighting

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An unconfirmed report of a person wearing Ku Klux Klan regalia followed a month of incidents of hate speech and vandalism on the campus of Oberlin College in Ohio.
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Oberlin is both sustainable and resilient.

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Student-Loan Securities Stay Hot

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Student loans are souring at a growing rate—and investors can't seem to get enough.
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"Investors' Hunger for Returns Is Driving Demand Even as More Borrowers Fall Behind on Their Payments"

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ACE doubles down on prior learning assessment

Meanwhile, many observers wonder, can the establishment play a starring role in the revolution?


Andrew P. Kelly, a research fellow in education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, says ACE can and should move forward in “accrediting” individual courses. It just shouldn’t be the only option.


“Empowering a group that represents incumbents to pick winners and losers seems like a recipe for more of the same -- small pockets of noteworthy innovation that help some students, but little systemic change,” he says via e-mail.

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Disruption from within?

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Revenue Refill

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When state funding shortfalls caused the bottom to drop out of institutions’ budgets, leaders immediately cut costs and upped efficiency. Now, attention turns to the other side of the equation: finding revenue to make up the difference.

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David Tobenkin provides short, descriptive vignettes of some of the ways institutions are looking to increase revenue. Quick and useful read.

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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

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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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A look at all 15 Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery reports from the Gates Foundation

But over all, the papers are more a cacophony of competing recommendations than they are a coherent policy agenda. The ideas that frequently recur might be politically ambitious (requiring colleges to disclose more data on graduates' employment and earnings, or automatically enrolling all student borrowers in income-based loan repayment), but they are discrete, small-bore policy prescriptions, not a broad vision for the future of federal financial aid.

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

In the end, many papers warned explicitly against such an approach, arguing that colleges and the federal government need to do more to increase completion without compromising access. Many papers (a full list with links is here, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has created achart comparing recommendations) call for a radical overhaul of financial aid. All share some assumptions critical of financial aid in its current, access-oriented form. The organizations describe the system as broken: “inefficient, inequitable and inadequate,” in the words of the Education Trust; “based on a set of assumptions that no longer hold,” according to the Committee for Economic Development; a system that the National College Access Network wrote “cannot continue without change.”

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Accreditor's new standards raise bar for serving the public— "service" now officially a requirement

“We felt it was important to make a statement -- that education is a public good,” said Sylvia Manning, president of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

As a result, the commission included language describing how colleges must first serve the public -- rather than themselves or outside interests -- as part of its updated criteria for accreditation. The document lays out standards of quality that colleges must meet to earn accreditation or have it reaffirmed, which is required every 10 years.


The revised standards are getting an early test, as a commission review team last month recommended a sanction of probation for the University of Phoenix, the nation’s biggest university. According to a corporate filing from the Apollo Group, which is Phoenix’s holding company, a sentence in the public good section is what tripped up the university in its bid for reaccreditation.


That language reads: “The institution’s educational responsibilities take primacy over other purposes, such as generating financial returns for investors, contributing to a related or parent organization or supporting external interests.”

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An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead [IPPR]

An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead [IPPR] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Our belief is that deep, radical and urgent transformation is required in higher education as much as it is in school systems." Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly, Saad Rizvi; Foreword byLarry Summers.

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Download the full PDF document here (PDF). [IPPR]
 

This wide-ranging essay aims to provoke creative dialogue and challenge complacency in our traditional higher education institutions.

'Just as globalisation and technology have transformed other huge sectors of the economy in the past 20 years, in the next 20 years universities face transformation.'


With a massive diversification in the range of providers, methods and technologies delivering tertiary education worldwide, the assumptions underlying the traditional relationship between universities, students and local and national economies are increasingly under great pressure – a revolution is coming.

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Mélanie Ciussi's curator insight, March 11, 2013 10:17 AM

Full study available.

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How Washington Could Make College Tuition Free (Without Spending a Penny More on Education)

How Washington Could Make College Tuition Free (Without Spending a Penny More on Education) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Washington already spends enough on student aid to cover tuition for each and every public college student in America. Maybe it's time to give that a try?
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Here's a little known fact: With what the federal government spent on its various and sundry student aid initiatives last year, it could have covered the tuition bill of every student at every public college in the country. Doing so might have required cutting off financial aid at Yale, Amherst, the University of Phoenix, and every other private university. But at this point, that might be a trade worth considering. 

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Community colleges do the “heavy lifting” on college graduation goals :: Reengineering Virginia's Community Colleges

Community colleges do the “heavy lifting” on college graduation goals :: Reengineering Virginia's Community Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“Perhaps the space between the median income of Virginia families and the cost of a baccalaureate degree has become one of those unmet needs we were built to address.”

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Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor Glenn DuBois, speaking at his annual Planning Retreat. Chancellor DuBois is the closing plenary speaker at SCUP's Mid-Atlantic Region's 2013 conference at Georgetown University on April 7–9, "Academic Relevance—Is Higher Education Still the Gateway to Opportunity in America?"


“Dropping out of high school or refusing to attend college can doom generations of a family to a cycle of failure…,” he said. “These 21st Century students, my friends, represent our biggest challenge. The best thing I can say about them is that they give us a reason to get up in the morning and make a difference.”


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What a $10,000 College Education Says About the Downside of Goals

What a $10,000 College Education Says About the Downside of Goals | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If you think abandoning strategic planning is the way to go, consider what business expert, design thinker, and master strategist Roger Martin has to say.


Even in the fastest paced hi-tech industries, with high levels of uncertainty and constant change, Martin claims that thinking strategically and being strategic in our planning is still critical to our success. Avoiding it, Martin says, just hands the competition the advantage needed to conquer us. An option worth consider is “Emergent Strategic Planning.” It’s intended to account for the concerns we have about rapidly changing technology. The idea is to form loosely conceived goals that are likely to move the organization forward. However, they are malleable and subject to change each as new technology or opportunity emerges, hence the name. It allows for an organization to more rapidly leverage those opportunities or even turn mistakes into new possibilities. It is still possible to forge the roadmap, yet allow for sudden detours.

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

Nice essay by Steven Bell, who examines strategic perspective and planning for libraries, frequently generalizing to the greater institution. He concludes:


When it comes to setting goals, for our organizations or ourselves, we might be well advised to worry less about the specifics. If we are able to do that, we just might discover that the things we want to accomplish are getting done, and with much less stress and anxiety. Who thinks that’s a bad idea?

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, March 14, 2013 11:26 AM

I agree with some of the key premises of this article--for example, that a focus on highly specific goals can waste effort and prove counterproductive, especially in an environment characterized by upheaval (technological and otherwise). However, I found the the title and introductory discussion to be somewhat misleading. There seemed to be an inordinate fusion of concerns about low-cost education and its impact on academic libraries, with improved approaches to planning and goal-setting.

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Pay Increase for Top Administrators Barely Outpaces Inflation

Their median base pay rose by 2.3 percent last year, an improvement over the previous year, an annual survey found.
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While that is not a big jump, it marks a noticeable improvement for the administrators, whose average year-to-year salary increase lagged behind inflation by a full percentage point a year ago.


"We are pleased to see the upward trend in the median increases, and we hope to see that trend continue," said Andy Brantley, president of the association. Administrators' salaries, along with those of faculty and staff, reflect both the health of colleges and the value placed on employees, he said.

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Aid for Higher Education Declines as Costs Rise

Experts say there is a long-term trend of shifting the cost of higher education from the public onto students and their families.
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The conclusion:

The worst of the financial troubles may be past. Education appropriations for 2013 increased in three out of five states, although the national total for state higher education appropriations is still slightly down.

“This is not a hostile environment for higher education,” said Patrick M. Callan, a higher education policy expert. “But politicians are really feeling pressure on the affordability and debt issue. In a couple of states, when they put money back in, they also put a lid on tuition. Anyone who thinks we’re going to get back to the status quo ante, that’s simply not in the cards.”

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I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age

I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Employees who put company information online with their smartphones create a tricky problem for I.T. departments: how to protect corporate data without hindering employees’ work.
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Security was one of the issues covered in our recent Planning Interview about Mobile Campus Computing with Colin Currie, CIO of Princeton University.

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"Les employés qui ont mis en ligne information d'entreprise avec leurs smartphones créer un problème épineux pour les services informatiques: comment protéger les données d'entreprise sans entraver le travail des employés".

I.T. Managers Struggle to Contain Corporate Data in the Mobile Age via @Plan4HigherEd http://sco.lt/...


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Community College (free) Webinar Series on Adult Education Begins March 7

OVAE, of the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with AACC and ACCT, is hosting a series of community college webinars in 2013. The first, on March 7, will focus on transforming adult education. Register now.

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

"Welcome to the first webinar in OVAE’s 2013 community college webinar series. This event will bring together experts from the field and local practitioners to discuss efforts to transform adult education to better prepare adult learners to successfully transition to postsecondary education. The webinar will feature Barbara Endel from Jobs for the Future to discuss the work of the Accelerating Opportunity initiative in scaling up its adult education reform model in seven states. Judy Alamprese from Abt Associates will share the key findings from her recent study on transforming reading instruction in adult education programs. The webinar will also highlight the work of LaGuardia Community College in developing bridge programs that ease ABE and GED students’ transitions to postsecondary education and training."

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