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Call for Proposals Are Open - Pick a Conference!

Call for Proposals Are Open - Pick a Conference! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


Call for Proposals Are Open - Pick a Conference!

Reminder: Tuesday, October 1 is the first deadline. 



You've been working hard and now it's time to show off!

We are looking for proposals for the following events:

Submission Deadline: October 1

SCUP's 49th Annual, International Conference
Plan for Transformation in Higher Education
July 12–16, 2014 | Pittsburgh, PA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

Submission Deadline: October 7

SCUP 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
Engagement for Value, Viability & Vitality
March 23–25, 2014 | Philadelphia, PA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

Submission Deadline: October 11

SCUP 2014 Pacific Regional Conference
Discover NEW MODELS (of Integrated Planning)
March 23–26, 2014 | Hollywood, CA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

Submission Deadline: October 28

SCUP 2014 North Atlantic Regional Conference
Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology and Place
March 12–14, 2014 | Boston, MA

Learn more and submit your proposal.

There's not much time so start preparing today.

Thank you for helping to change higher education!

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Transforming the landscape in Flint, Michigan

Transforming the landscape in Flint, Michigan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Flint gets more than its fair share of bad press because of the crime rate and the city’s financial struggles. But, Flint is also known for urban
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Very nice NPR segment (~17 minutes) that is also text readable. Kettering University is a big part of what's happening there.

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Victor Davis Hanson - The Decline of College

Victor Davis Hanson - The Decline of College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The four-year campus experience is becoming a thing of the past.
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Hmm. Is this your view of higher ed? It's not necessarily ours.

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“Education is broken, somebody should do something” #altc2013 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE

“Education is broken, somebody should do something” #altc2013 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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ALT-C 2013 - Interview with Stephen Downes

“ALT-C 2013 - Stephen Downes interviewed at the 2013 ALT conference in Nottingham.”
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Seth's Blog: Edgecraft instead of brainstorming

Seth's Blog: Edgecraft instead of brainstorming | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“One of the challenges of brainstorming a new idea is that there's too much freedom. With too many possibilities, we can seize up, unable to think of much of anything. In established organizations, this is particularly difficult, because the first...”
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Reclaiming the Original Vision of MOOCs

Reclaiming the Original Vision of MOOCs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Massive open online courses were never meant to be dull and lonely. But how can the courses encourage more student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction?”
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Wireless devices weigh down campus networks

Wireless devices weigh down campus networks | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The coming deviceapocalypse:


The prospect of handling the combined traffic of tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of devices is enough to make any wireless network buckle -- and some already are. At colleges and universities across the country, chief information officers are exhausting their budgets just to maintain their existing networks while congestion threatens to choke their online traffic.

Empty a student’s bookbag, and you’re likely to find a laptop and a smartphone -- perhaps even a tablet. Back in their dorm rooms, students may have hooked up a gaming console or two. And if wearable computers, like smartwatches and -glasses, enter the mass market, students could in a few years bring twice as many devices to campus as they do today.

No wonder the Educause IT Issues Panel named the “device explosion” its No. 1 issue of 2013.

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Slide-Away Desk Saves Space and Money at U. of Cincinnati

Slide-Away Desk Saves Space and Money at U. of Cincinnati | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Feel free to smack your head right now and wonder why no one in your housing office thought of this: a chest of drawers with a built-in desk that slides out of one side when a student wants to work at it and then slides back in afterward to make space for friends—or that stays hidden awayfor students who do all their work in the library or on their beds.


Luckily, two staff members at the University of Cincinnati did think of it—Todd Duncan, director of housing and food services, and Carl Dieso, associate director of housing—and the university worked out a deal with Blockhouse Contract Furniture to get the combined unit into production. Buying one piece of furniture instead of two saved about $200 per bed, or $90,000, in the renovation of the university’s Morgens Hall.

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Nice.

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Old Cellphones, Once Bound for Landfills, Now Bring Colleges Money

College officials often face logistical and philosophical dilemmas in disposing of cast-off cellphones, tablets, computers, and printers.


“At a lot of universities—unless they have a centralized program in place or some sort of waste-management policy through their facilities department—it is really challenging to be able to recycle just about anything,” says Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, S.C., and a veteran professional in the recycling and waste-management industry. “It is enough just to get people to throw trash in the trash can, especially when things get hectic.”


Now a recycling company based in Erie, Pa., has started a nationwide program in which it pays colleges for spent ink and toner cartridges and small electronics, diverting devices away from landfills and into the $20-billion-a-year electronics-recycling market.

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The SCUP Scan for August 26–31, 2013 v26n36

The SCUP Scan for August 26–31, 2013 v26n36 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

 “In 15 years from now half of US universities may be in bankruptcy … in the end I’m excited to see that happen. So pray for Harvard Business School if you wouldn’t mind.” -Clayton Christensen

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Higher education's premier environmental scanning newsletter.

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MOOCs Revolutionize Corporate Learning and Development

MOOCs Revolutionize Corporate Learning and Development | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

McAfee turned its training around that both saved both time and produced more lucrative sales: ...an average of $500,000 per year in sales [attributed to] new training model.


Before Intel giant McAfee revamped its new-hire orientation, ...80 hours long [with] ... 40 hours of pre-work,, 5 days of on-site training, and ...post-...to be completed at home.


To fix its problem, McAfee turned to ....Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs...called “flipping the classroom” [where]...a majority of learning happens ...by giving students access to course materials and having them probe, discuss, and debate issues with fellow learners as well as the professor.


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Companies ...have to trust the learner ...incorporating more opportunities for peer reviews and peer-to-peer dialogues...

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...Can your company re-imagine the role of the learner? ...the learner takes on a role more expansive than ever before, acting as teacher, learner, and peer reviewer.


Companies ...have to trust the learner to do this,  by incorporating more opportunities for peer reviews and peer-to-peer dialogues into the course.


With that change, McAfee turned its training around in a way that both saved both time and produced more lucrative sales: its sales associates now attribute an average of $500,000 per year in sales to the skills they learned through the new training model. 


Three MOOC elements are particularly well-suited to corporate learning & development:  Semi-synchronicity  (cohorts ...[can] motivate each other as they go through the program),  course design (flipping the classroom), and credentials

    In a recent Future Workplace survey, completed by 195 corporate learning and HR professionals, 70 percent of respondents said they saw opportunities to integrate MOOCs into their own company’s learning programs. Even further, this sample of respondents made six recommendations for how MOOC providers could adapt to needs of corporations:


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    Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
    Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

    Semi-synchronicity  (cohorts ...[can] motivate each other as they go through the program),  course design (flipping the classroom), and credentials.

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    Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 14, 2013 11:55 AM

    This well-done piece by Jeanne Meister, highlights key elements of how MOOCs can turn around the stultifying aspects of corporate learning, well-illustrated through the McAfee example. 

    IanHelps's curator insight, August 26, 2013 9:19 AM

    MOOCs might be just what the corporate L&D world needs to reinvent itself. McAfee appears to be at the leading edge of this change

    Laura Eickert's curator insight, March 11, 2015 4:19 AM

    @Faustine

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    'Low-income teenagers who excel in high school but fail to graduate from college, she said, are “an untapped resource.”'

    'Low-income teenagers who excel in high school but fail to graduate from college, she said, are “an untapped resource.”' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
    In The New York Times, 9/26/2013, David Leonhardt writes about the College Board's initiative to being more effective at identifying and facilitating talented…
    Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

    This is a trend that will affect many institutions in ways planners should be thinking about:


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    Moodle MOOC 2: Habits of Effective Connected Learners

    Moodle MOOC 2: Habits of Effective Connected Learners | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

    Via Dr. Nellie Deutsch
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    Some SCUP staff will be in this. Hope you are, too.

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    Dr. Nellie Deutsch's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:41 PM

    Are you a connected learner? What makes a learner connected? I can't wait to learn from Stephen Downes. 

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    Avoid potholes on the road to implementing your strategic plan [Dean & Provost newsletter]

    Dean & Provost newsletter (Wiley) covers SCUP–48 in its fall issue. Here's the lead article: Avoid potholes on the road to implementing your strategic…

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    Connectivism as a Digital Age Learning Theory

    George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Their proposed learning theory has issued a debate over whether it is a learning theory or instructional theory or merely a pedagogical view.
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    Authors may be missing the fact that the 24x7 connected knowledge base includes people.
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    Great News: College Enrollment Is Down « The Dish

    Great News: College Enrollment Is Down « The Dish | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

    Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education is also heartened by the news:


    Higher education enrollment has risen over the last 20 years, Hartle says, but the trend is counter-cyclical. During bad economies, people rush to finish a degree or pick up new skills. That’s why 2007 and 2008 saw a 13 percent increase in enrollment, the biggest jump in 25 years. The half-a-million person drop sounds big, he says, but it’s really just a return to normalcy. “Enrollment tends to level off or fall when the economy is improving,” he says. “Given how much enrollment surged during the economic downturn, a reduction was inevitable.”
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    Are we ready for this?

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    Towards a theory or model of productivity for online learning: outcomes, scale and design

    Towards a theory or model of productivity for online learning: outcomes, scale and design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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    Take An Inside Look | Library Interiors

    Take An Inside Look | Library Interiors | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

    University Business is seeking photos of campus library interiors that reflect an innovative use of space, the mission and values of the institution, and (of course) visual appeal, for a November pictorial feature to appear in print and online. Photos and descriptions of the spaces can be submitted via www.universitybusiness.com/insidelook by Friday, Sept. 13.


    The website also contains links to prior Inside Look feature slideshows. Questions about the feature can be directed to managing editor Melissa Ezarik, mezarik@universitybusiness.com.

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

    This is a quality series, folks. Please share your photos.

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    Rising Debt Engulfs Colleges as Well as Students

    Rising Debt Engulfs Colleges as Well as Students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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    President Obama took aim last week at rising levels of student borrowing, but two graduate students in sociology say the real culprit for growing college debt is Wall Street.


    In a report posted last week on the Web site of the Scholars Strategy Network, Charlie Eaton and Jacob Habinek, doctoral candidates at the University of California at Berkeley, assert that the expanding burden of tuition debt is “partly driven by the indebtedness universities have taken on.” Public research universities have passed along their own debt to students by raising tuition and fees by an average of 56 percent from 2002 to 2010, say the authors, who work in the branch of sociology known as financialization.


    “Public research universities have increased their institutional debt dramatically over the last decade, and the money is not being used to make up for shortfalls in instructional budgets caused by reduced public funding,” the report says. “Instead, many universities borrow to invest in ‘auxiliary services’—the umbrella term for expensive facilities like dorms, dining halls, stadiums, and recreation centers.”


    Using the federal government’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or Ipeds, the authors examined data from 155 public research universities and found that their debt-service payments had risen 86 percent from 2002 to 2010.

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    Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | Inside Higher Ed

    Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

    Online education arguably came of age in the last year, with the explosion of massive open online courses driving the public's (and politicians') interest in digitally delivered courses and contributing to the perception that they represent not only higher education's future, but its present.

    Faculty members, by and large, still aren't buying -- and they are particularly skeptical about the value of MOOCs, Inside Higher Ed's new Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests.


    The survey of 2,251 professors, which, like Inside Higher Ed's other surveys, was conducted by Gallup, finds significant skepticism among faculty members about the quality of online learning, with only one in five of them agreeing that online courses can achieve learning outcomes equivalent to those of in-person courses, and majorities considering online learning to be of lower quality than in-person courses on several key measures (but not in terms of delivering content to meet learning objectives).


    But, importantly, appreciation for the quality and effectiveness of online learning grows with instructors' experiences with it.

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    State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed?

    State funding upturn: familiar pattern or newfound importance for higher ed? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

    The 2014 legislative successes should allow institutions in numerous states to offer raises for the first time in several years, and to continue (or in some cases begin) to reinvest in programs or initiatives that have been cut or put off over several bad budget years.

    That is a much more pleasant climate for campus leaders to operate in than was the one that has prevailed in recent years. On the question of whether the funding upturn represents merely a return to the normal cycle of increases in good times and cuts in bad, higher education officials are hopeful -- if not quite confident -- that something more is at play: a recognition by political leaders that higher education is essential to drive individual and state economic success.


    "This is first and foremost about improved economic conditions in the states," says Daniel J. Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis at the state college association. "But there is some evidence that higher education has been prioritized to a higher degree than what current state conditions would have portended."

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