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IRS Says Colleges Must Be 'Reasonable' When Calculating Adjuncts' Hours | The Chronicle

Preparation time, not just hours in the classroom, should be counted, the agency says in a proposed rule. Eligibility for health benefits is at stake.
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This is a bg deal: 


"The proposed rules, announced in the Federal Register on January 2, don't provide a hard and fast formula for how to calculate an adjunct's workload, but "further guidance may be provided," the announcement says. The agency is collecting comments on the proposal through March 18.

In the meantime, colleges must "use a reasonable method for crediting hours of service," the IRS document says. In the case of an adjunct faculty member, the document adds, it would not be a reasonable method of calculating an instructor's work hours for colleges to take into account "only classroom or instruction time and not other hours that are necessary to perform the employee's duties, such as class-preparation time."

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A Clear Path to Payment @ U. Illinois

A Clear Path to Payment @ U. Illinois | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In 2008, our USFSCO leadership team—consisting of an assistant director, five associate directors, two directors, and the executive director—recognized the unique changes in the economic environment, families' decreased resources for paying college expenses, and the limited purchasing power of financial aid. We asked parents and students how we could minimize the impact of these issues on students, so they would not feel they had to drop out.


In their conversations with us, students and parents expressed their desire for additional payment options, more proactive outreach regarding services, and improved educational support systems for financial literacy on each of our three campuses, so that students could more easily address their financial obligations to the university. Over the course of the next two years, our leadership team developed six different strategies to address these concerns:

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"ANDREA PELLEGRINI is assistant director, Student Money Manage-ment Center, University of Illinois. JOSEPH SHROYER is associate director, University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations. JUDITH FLINK, executive director, USFSCO, contributed to the article.

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Balkrishna Bokil's curator insight, June 7, 2013 2:32 AM

This experiment will show a path to many organisations which are facing the  problem of dropping out of students. Message----Go to the people and they will give you the innovative ideas. You must be ready to accept them and have a courage to implement them. People have problems and they have solutions too.

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Times Higher Education - Predictive text and the surprising shape of things to come

Times Higher Education - Predictive text and the surprising shape of things to come | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Several universities reject massive open online courses, or Moocs, in favour of basic open organised collections. "Boocs" - print versions of cloud-sourced digital material bound together and published in the tens of thousands - are hailed as the next big thing in higher education. While completing a Booc does not in itself secure academic credit, the user is expected to experience mild feelings of intellectual euphoria."

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This is, as you will quickly learn, more than tongue-in-cheek.

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"[W]hile educational technology and online education offers the potential to provide lower-cost options, the larger challenge of fixing existing institutions should not be solely focused on changing instructional models. The WSJ then calls out that Minnesota’s growth in administrative costs far outpace instructional costs. ...


The article then describes the various challenges that the university faces as it attempts to lower its total costs, including reducing the number of help-desk phone numbers from 73 to 1. Another challenge highlighted in the article is that despite the massive investment in ERP systems, universities such as Minnesota do not have visibility into critical data needed to manage costs."

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Long excerpts here, from the original Wall Street Journal article, which is behind a paywall.

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The Department of Change: 2013: Resilience vs. campus sustainability?

The Department of Change: 2013: Resilience vs. campus sustainability? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Has “sustainability” run its course? Is it time for the Next Big Thing? 
So now what? Is it time for the Next Big Thing?  Has “sustainability” run its course? Before we think about that, what has sustainability accomplished?
Well, on campuses at least, there are more courses, majors, schools, colleges and certificates in sustainability than ever; fairly rapid growth because many students want to learn about it. More campuses are offering sustainability curricula. More students are signing up for these classes. This is no small feat and a very hopeful sign.
Likewise, campus carbon emissions are moderating or even going downGreen buildings are going upZero waste efforts are also on the rise. Local food programs/campus gardens are taking root. Renewable energy is up. And we are getting better at measuring all these impacts (STARS!). Great environmental improvements.
Yet missing from the list of sustainability’s accomplishments are two important categories: fiscal equity and social justice.


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Free book download: Transforming Higher Education—A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Almost twenty years ago, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) published Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Ce... written by Michael G. Dolence and Donald M. Norris. THE served as a manifesto of how learning needed to be realigned, redesigned, redefined, and reengineering if it were to fulfill the needs of society in the emerging global Information Age. The following iconic diagram portrayed the interconnected nature of the 4 R’s of Transformation that were used as a lens to explore the elements of the transformative imperative

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Tidewater Community College plan speeds college degree process

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VIRGINIA BEACH Local educators are working on a plan to enable students to graduate from high school with associate degrees or certificates of general studies from Tidewater Community College.
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"The state legislature is requiring all community colleges in Virginia to hammer out such plans with their public school divisions by April. TCC got the ball rolling in December in a joint meeting with school leaders from Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.


It went well, said Edna Baehre-Kolovani, the president of Tidewater Community College. She added she hopes the process will present opportunities for a positive side effect: finding ways to lower the number of students who land in remedial classes at TCC.


'I was really energized," she said. "I was very encouraged.'"

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2013 EdTech Predictions: An Interview with Phil Hill

"Question 6. Will MOOCs replace accredited curriculum?  Why or why not?

To a degree, yes – MOOCs will move into their second generation, and we will start to see two results. One is that the MOOC-as-LinkedIn approach will gain steam, as more employers will use MOOCs to either identify entry-level hires or for professional development (threatening technical, community college or for-profit college classes).

In 2013, we’ll see examples of MOOCs not replacing a full program, but replacing entry-level courses within an accredited program."

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Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy

Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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Read this! One of the missions of SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo is to provide a friendly online space that is filled with planning colleagues, and where SCUPers who aren't yet comforable with online engagement can learn and practice—while contributing to our pool of knowledge.


"Undeniably, as the ever-growing Internet economy and the rise of the virtual workplace—with their corresponding technologically-intensive competency requirements for knowledge workers—have shown, knowing—and the ability to learn—how to participate and share knowledge competently in online spaces has become a necessity. The Internet’s capacity to store information and to facilitate networked communication has also led to an exponential rise in the amount of data, information, knowledge and wisdom that is readily available and accessible to the general public. Social networks have been proposed as a solution to manage the rapid flow of this information. As citizens become increasingly present online—connecting on social networking sites and across virtual workscapes—knowing how to engage in these virtual spaces has become crucial for full participation."

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Sticker Shock

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“There is too much bickering and dickering by families seeking a better deal, families who do not need the money, families who like the prestige of receiving a ‘merit’ scholarship,” writes John McCardell of The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, who answered our question with a yes. “All financial aid recipients are meritorious. We should cease to employ the distinction between ‘need’ and ‘merit.’ To do this will bring down our discount rates and also allow us (as my institution has done) to lower tuition.”

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Valuable insights.

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4 Tips for Mobile Success On Campus -- Campus Technology

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


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

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

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

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

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A New Humanism: Part 5 | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

A New Humanism: Part 5 | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In a study he calls The Origins of Architectural Pleasure, architecture professor Grant Hildebrand analyzes how specific responses to architecture, including aesthetic experience, could well have originated in evolved behavior. The details of the research and reasoning he assembles seem to me a clear, persuasive foundation for a more rigorous, more effective humanism.  He’s distilled the enormous complexity of a mind and body into concepts usable in day-to-day design, and that’s why my own explorations build on and in a sense grow out of his.

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

Great series. "Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation."

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Neighborhood Flocks To Coffee Shop Bulletin Board To Read About Fun Upcoming Events

Neighborhood Flocks To Coffee Shop Bulletin Board To Read About Fun Upcoming Events | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

LAWRENCE, KS—A nearly uncontrollable excitement once again gripped residents of this small Midwestern city Thursday as they flocked in droves to see local coffee shop Perk Up’s weekly bulletin-board posting of upcoming events and...

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ANN ARBOR, MI—A nearly uncontrollable excitement once again gripped students of this small Midwestern city Thursday as they flocked in droves to campus for classes...


Hmm.

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Robyn Pierce's comment, January 7, 2013 1:46 PM
Has the use of "meetup.com" been explored as a way of brining people together around a variety of activities and events?
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s comment, January 7, 2013 8:16 PM
Yes, that and many other apps. The authors may be making a statement about changes in communications technologies, and something to do with distributed versus centralized communications. We saw an analogy to some thoughts about the future of college campuses.
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The Plugged-In Library of the Future | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

The Plugged-In Library of the Future | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
If you thought the success of the iPad, the Kindle, and Google Books had resolved whether electronic books did the job of physical books, forget that ...
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I wouldn’t think of even expressing an opinion on whether these writers are correct, but it’s for sure the people building the just-opened James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University see things differently.


Its creators say the Hunt will be “nothing less than the best learning and collaboration space in the country” as it opens.

And it’s a closed-stack library.


I have myself yelled loudly against the very concept of closed stacks, and others are raising the same issue about the New York Public Library, so when I got the chance to wander around the James B. Hunt Library with the people behind the design of its systems, I jumped.This video gives a sense of what I saw."

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Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots -

Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots - | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"That sneaking suspicion that you’re a more focused, creative person out in the woods? It’s true."

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Not a surprise to disc golfers  :)


Just more evidence that there is something about a wooded campus.

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Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet | NYT

Massive Open Online Courses Prove Popular, if Not Lucrative Yet | NYT | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
New companies are partnering with universities to offer online courses, in an effort that could define the future of higher education — if anyone can figure out how to make money.
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“'Monetization is not the most important objective for this business at this point,' said Scott Sandell, a Coursera financier who is a general partner at New Enterprise Associates. 'What is important is that Coursera is rapidly accumulating a body of high-quality content that could be very attractive to universities that want to license it for their own use. We invest with a very long mind-set, and the gestation period of the very best companies is at least 10 years.'

But with the first trickles of revenue now coming in, Coursera’s university partners expect to see some revenue sooner."

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Harry Lewis on the Genesis of CS 20, an innovative computer science course

Harry Lewis on the Genesis of CS 20, an innovative computer science course | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Anatomy of a new course—and a new approach to teaching it
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"At a time of rising interest in new forms of teaching to effect greater learning, Harvard Magazine asked Harry Lewis, Gordon McKay professor of computer science, to recount how he rethought his—and his students’—roles in creating a new course, and what he learned from teaching it."

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Inter-school Collaboration Produces Award-Winning Net Zero Habit Home in DC

Inter-school Collaboration Produces Award-Winning Net Zero Habit Home in DC | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.


Three years ago, faculty and students from three schools came together to form the Empowerhouse Collaborative. The participants—Parsons The New School for Design; the Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School; and Stevens Institute of Technology—joined forces to compete in the US Department of Energy 2011 Solar Decathlon. We wanted to change the way affordable housing is designed and developed.


This December 4th we realized our goal, joining Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat) and the D.C. government to celebrate the dedication of Empowerhouse, a new home for two local families in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington. This was also a celebration of a series of firsts in the district: the first net-zero-site, the first Passive House, and one of the first low-impact residential developments."

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Essay on the importance of understanding the history of the humanities | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on the importance of understanding the history of the humanities | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The term "humanities" did not, then, drop out of the sky into the unknowing laps of American academic bureaucrats. Leaders of colleges and universities in the early 20th century consciously and deliberately evoked the tradition of Renaissance humanism in an effort to develop some equivalent amid mass education in the modern world. We may argue about how successful they were, but they saw the challenge. ...


If this root of the humanities is severed by ignorance, neglect or hostility, it will not be surprising if humane learning begins to look a little withered, and if students find what they have learned soon wilts and leaves them without the perspective and depth of understanding that a rigorous and wide-ranging education in the humanities should provide."

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A New Humanism: Part 4 | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

A New Humanism: Part 4 | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This is the fourth of a series of posts that spell out a set of ideas called A New Humanism: in architecture, landscapes, and urban designThey’re about enlarging the way we think about design by applying, in day to day practice, a broader range of insights into the cutting edge sciences of nature and human nature — using them to understand how our evolved mind-and-body actually experience the places we design, and why people respond the ways they do. Next, how does it work in practice? Architecture professor Grant Hildebrand’s convincing study of The Origins of Architectural Pleasure; and the power, in E.O. Wilson’s term, of “Biophilia”.

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Academic or curriculum planning « Cathy Anderson

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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A good group, doing good work.

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

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

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