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"The presidents of Kennesaw and Southern Poly, for instance, both said they did not know about the merger until a week and a half before the public announcement. Nor do they know who Chancellor Hank Huckaby and regents met with ahead of announcing the fait accompli. The news release from the system office said, “Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic Will Consolidate” even though the board has yet to vote."
"In our industry, we often hear the following adages: Architecture is not a science, it’s an art; cost estimating is not a science, it’s an art; leadership is not a science, it’s an art; and so on. We might also say that even science is not a science. It, too, is an art, and as such, evolving from STEM to STEAM makes real sense."
SCUP's North Atlantic Region held a conference on this theme in 2010: From STEM to STEAM—Keeping the Arts in the Instruction of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. One attendee wrote, in his blog, "I have glimpsed the future of successful education in this country. I attended the [SCUP conference] and was provided a sense of clarity regarding the kind of goals, resources and leadership that are essential for delivering successful education in a global community in the immediate and distant future."
The classes, offered in partnership with the California company Coursera, will include weekly sessions in which students will meet in person.
The aim is at international students, and clearly on influence, but the disruptive potential is seen here with clarity.
"One side views guns as essential to personal freedom, while the other side insists they are instruments for mayhem and violence. … Every gun control proposal is an occasion for pitched battles, with the stakes portrayed as nothing less than the future of life, liberty and justice. (Winkler, 2011b)
Twenty years ago, any discussion about permitting guns on college campuses would have provoked as much laughter as shock. Yet by 2012, guns were allowed on 200 public campuses in six states. That number appears certain to increase; in 2011 alone, bills to permit guns on campus were introduced in 23 state legislatures. Although most of these bills failed, some were carried over to the following legislative term.
Their proponents tend to be persistent, and we can expect bills similar to these to be re-introduced in future years. Guns may be coming soon to a campus near you—perhaps to your own."
Robert Birnbaum concludes: "The country is filled with guns, guns exist on college campuses, and there doesn't appear to be much that can be done to completely eradicate them. But it may be that, under most circumstances, institutions can live with them."
These college campuses emphasize brains over beauty.
"[I]f you’re choosing a college based on looks alone, you’re probably doing it wrong."
Up to 60000 women could eventually enroll at PNU though their job prospects after graduation still leave something to be desired.
"Gorgeous" is the right word. "The 32-million square foot campus contains sports facilities (where students can attend female-only sporting events in addition to participating in athletic activities), a medical center, a health sciences and research center, and a K-12 school. While it was designed for an initial enrollment of 25,000, the university has the capacity to take up to 60,000 students--more than the total number of female postsecondary students in the country as of 2009."
Only three months into the academic year and headlines have been littered with announcements about HBCU leadership turnover. There have been a plethora of reasons, including university presidents being fired, being encouraged to leave their posts by their boards of trustees or opting for retirement. Gone are the days of decades of top-down leadership, now replaced by a need for charismatic personalities who are well-skilled at fundraising while navigating internal needs and external stakeholders, as well as politics and long-standing traditions.
The burning question that remains is about the fate of HBCUs and how to stop the trend that’s making it difficult for presidents to lead.
“If you look at the landscape now for all of us, it’s a tough landscape,” said Hampton University president, Dr. William R. Harvey. “There are a number of factors impacting all HBCUs, including the federal government debacle on the Parent Plus Loan situation, [and] support is down for Title III, which strengthens HBCUs. All of the support for HBCUs across the board is down. In addition, there are some institutions that don’t have enough students there.
Look for a related SCUP white paper coming soon.
The Ohio Board of Regents has added a new page to its Web site to highlight a new statewide effort led by retired Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee to improve the quality and value of Ohio's many colleges.
The site will provide update information on the initiative, as well as serve as a outlet for individuals who want to submit their own ideas on how schools can better balance cost, quality and access. Gee and Regents Chancellor John Carey will review the recommendations.
[Gee and Carey] will travel the state in the months ahead, vising with college and university students, presidents, professors and other staff. A schedule of stops will be posted on the webpage as it becomes available. “This is a collaborative effort to address one of the most pressing issues of our time, and we want to hear from you,” Gee said.
They're taking this seriously.
Each year thousands of students, staff and faculty from Michigan universities conduct research, provide expertise and supply person power to partner with community organizations throughout the state.
Penn State’s enrollment has increased to an all-time high of 98,000 students, and the jump over last year was fueled by growth in the university’s online education system, the World Campus.
How is your campus embracing online education?
Heading to the campus library used to mean needing serious study silence or a spot for solitary scholarly pursuits.
Blurbed, "While still a place where one can study, today’s campus libraries are active spaces that offer so much more," this excellent overview of current libraries, including excellent images, is another great article from Melissa Ezarik.
This adjustable block of content is "pinned" to stay in this ULH position.
It explains what this is, has core regional content and links to all sorts of things.
"Put another way, 'students are taking more ... Signals courses because they persist, rather than persisting because they are taking more Signals courses, Caulfield wrote.
Caulfield’s findings were last month corroborated by Alfred Essa, McGraw-Hill Education’s vice president of research and development and analytics, who wrote a simulation that substituted “received a piece of chocolate” for 'took a Signals-enabled class.'"
As retention efforts "mature," more research will be done on them.
Despite the mundane consequence, there is a story here.
Budget cut AND a management and faculty case study. There's gold in the commentary. Thank you to Terry Calhoun and SCUP for the Scoop ~ Deb
Educational Interiors Showcase 2013 Citation Winners— A number of higher education institutions recently received citations from American School & Univ…
Educational Interiors Showcase 2013 Citation Winners— A number of higher education institutions recently received citations from American School & University magazine. Very nice set of slide shows, with several images of each space. Links to two unions, a college of art and design, a dining hall and event center, a residential hall, and more, below or at the link.
Note that the application and nomination period is open for a number of related SCUP awards. The Asumag awards direct links:
"The "Starpath" absorbs sunlight during the day and glows with a supernatural-looking topaz aura at night."
We bet that there will be at least one US campus with a path like this by October 2014!
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SCUPers in the Southern Region may appreciate this blog.
Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement is a refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of community engagement.
Nice issue, VOL 6 (2013):
The Obama administration expects to have a first draft of its college rating system by this spring, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.
More work for planners.
Community college students could complete their four-year university degree at two-year college prices under a recommendation approved Tuesday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. ...
The proposal was included in systemwide operating budget recommendations for the 2014-16 biennium that total about $381.4 million in new spending from the state’s general fund.
In its capital outlay budget, SCHEV is recommending more than $98.1 million for maintaining facilities rather than building new ones.
While there “may be isolated projects that really need to go forward, which we understand,” the first priority should be maintenance, SCHEV Director Peter Blake said.
Note the emphasis on deferred maintenance.
The shape of university programs is shifting...slowly, but shifting.
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The LSC's forthcoming document is a tremendous tool for everytone involved in learning space design.
Customization is entering a new arena in higher education. After designing an MBA degree specifically to help Spectrum Health develop a new generation...
Free for 24 hours. Paul Freedman's Ivy Bridge College pushed the limits of what the traditional regulatory system allows, and the system pushed back.
"And with what Mr. Freedman calls "the humility of experience," he now acknowledges that he built Altius with "some arrogance" about what it could achieve." And there's a lot more arrogance out where that came from.
"As ed tech companies and universities search for the most effective way to teach students online, some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education. Enter the “learning experience” -- a term being used to describe a module of higher education not anchored to a specific place or time."
Worthy of a quick read, if you can handle the distraction of the thoughts it provokes.
higher education not anchored to a specific place or time is a game-changer for making learning more accessible.
Online course not a "course?"