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Members of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) scan higher education, inside and out, and present this curated collection of links, articles, and resources. www.scup.org
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From Tennessee, a Solution for Mission Creep

From Tennessee, a Solution for Mission Creep | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Instead of basing appropriations on enrollment, like most states do, Tennessee now ties all taxpayer dollars to institutional outcomes, such as credit completion and graduation rate.


The unintended consequences of most laws are usually negative. Not in this case. Because the formula changes on the basis of an institution’s Carnegie classification, it punishes colleges that move too fast up the academic ladder and then don’t perform well at that level. Indeed, there is a strong financial incentive for universities to focus on improving what they already do rather than stretch upward.


'Most of the schools would lose 3 to 10 percent of their funding instantly' if they were measured by the weights of a higher class of institutions, says Richard G. Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Take one of the state’s regional colleges, Austin Peay State University. If it tried to become more like Middle Tennessee State University by awarding doctorates, Austin Peay would very likely lose 4 percent of its state funds."

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Selingo is keynoting Plan for Transformation of Higher Education in Pittsburgh, July 12–15. Join us.

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Different Equations for Higher Ed Business Models

Different Equations for Higher Ed Business Models | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Universities certainly face significant fiscal challenges. While some say the business model for higher education is broken, a more interesting inquiry might be to examine how the business model is evolving

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning

The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.
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SCUP member and author Gregory Janks provides heft to this Building Design & Construction article, which includes a nice Brown University mini-case study, with data maps. He says: “What we’re trying to promote is more isn’t necessarily better; better is better.”


Janks is author of of the SCUP booklet, Kings of Infinite Space: How to Make Space Planning for Colleges and Universities Useful Given Constrained Resources, and co-author of a recent article in Planning for Higher Education titled "New Metrics for the New NormalRethinking Space Utilization Within the University System in Georgia."


SCUP members can look forward to a follow-up article to "New Metrics": "Formula’s End: The University System of Georgia's Space Data and What it Means," to be published shortly in Planning for Higher Education.


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Control Will Be the Demise of Education

Control Will Be the Demise of Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

here is another type of control ... prevalent in virtually every school in the world. This is the control fostered by administration and teachers as to how learning should, and will, be structured. This hits home for me on many fronts, as I was guilty of this years ago. We are often our own worst enemies as we work hard to control what students can do in school or classrooms. This stems from the fact that we don't want to give up control. Compliancy had worked for so long, and quite frankly we don't trust students or even our own teachers. What we don't know and understand we fear. So we react by trying to control every facet of school structure, function, and learning. This was me for many years, but thankfully I changed and I think my school has benefited.

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K–12, but like the author, we "hope that those who block social media, ban students' devices, and mandate Common Core scripts understand that these decisions are destroying a love for learning. Digital learning in its many forms could be one such catalyst to put education on a better path. If we truly want to prepare the next generation of thinkers, doers, inventors, and change agents we must give up control, trust students and educators, and work to develop a better system that will produce desired outcomes."

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It's Time for a New Definition of Accreditation

It's Time for a New Definition of Accreditation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Much will be revealed by the results of the forthcoming renewal of the Higher Education Act, which is the main law governing how federal dollars are distributed to colleges and students. Caution: History teaches that government regulatory programs grow and rarely decline


To meet the inevitable political challenges, an honest appraisal of the current situation must be confronted by academe. Specifically: Accreditation is not voluntary. It is not nongovernmental. It does not demonstrably provide definable quality assurance. It is overly keyed to an institution’s mission, making impossible some generic meaning of what a college or graduate is. And the underlying purpose—to maintain college independence through self-regulation and accountability—is seriously undermined, if not already at an end."

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Milton Greenberg trolls the Academy.

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Listening to Students: Make Learning Spaces Your Own

Listening to Students: Make Learning Spaces Your Own | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In this short film, we suggested that group collaboration (illustrated through the process of completing a class project) can happen anywhere, anyway, and anyhow, thanks to today's technological tools. But when we presented the film at the SCUP Conference in San Diego last July, one question audience members asked was, "Are you suggesting that remote collaboration can be a replacement for face-to-face interaction?"


In short, no.

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Online Education Has a Loneliness Problem. Can Harvard Fix It?

Online Education Has a Loneliness Problem. Can Harvard Fix It? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Herzlinger says MOOCs are suited to classes with objective, measurable outcomes. They don’t work as well for teaching conceptual or action-based ideas.


“Didactic courses are very adaptable to the Web,” she says. “I teach accounting as well, and there’s always a right answer. Those courses are easy. Innovation is much more challenging because it has to be interactive and team-based.”
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What Steve Blank Learned By Flipping the MOOC

What Steve Blank Learned By Flipping the MOOC | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Two of the hot topics in education in the last few years have been Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the flipped classroom. I’ve been experimenting with both of them.


What I’ve learned (besides being able to use the word "pedagogy" in a sentence) is: 1) assigning students lectures as homework doesn’t guarantee the students will watch them and 2) in a flipped classroom you can become hostage to the pedagogy.


Here’s the story of what we tried and what we learned.

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This is a unique perspective on some hot-topic aspects in learning, part of the innovation and creativity that has been spurred by MOOCs. Perhaps not an intended outcome, but a welcome one. The author does a decent job of explaining the iterative improvements (planning process) in his course design.


STEVE BLANK is a retired Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur turned educator who developed the Customer Development methodology that changes the way startups are built. His book The Four Steps to the Epiphany launched the Lean Startup movement.
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Why Scientists Should Embrace the Liberal Arts

Why Scientists Should Embrace the Liberal Arts | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Science alone isn’t enough to solve the world’s problems."

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Example— The resistance to vaccine use is a prime example. The supposed link between autism and common childhood vaccines was based on fraudulent research published in the British journal The Lancet in 1998. After the fraud was uncovered the lead author was stripped of his medical license and the article was retracted. Subsequent investigations by the Department of Health in the U.K. and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in the U.S. as well as a definitive study published in the August 2013 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics have all debunked the vaccine–autism link. Yet the percentage of parents who delay or forgo immunization of their children has increased alarmingly in recent years and, partly as a result, measles, mumps and whooping cough are making a comeback.

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An Internal Hydraulic of Change | Theory to Practice

The core chemistry of higher education is transformed if and when the academy and those beyond it understand how a campus’s culture for learning is inextricably linked to multiple and progressive opportunities for engaged learning; the expectation that such engagement should occur for every student; the connection and cultivation of those learning experiences to broad and deep civic understanding and action; and the recognition that those elements of the institution’s commitment to higher learning and to its civic expression are fully bound up in treating students as whole learners—persons whose well-being is an objective of the opportunities and encouragement we as educators provide.


This means a transformation in how faculty see and express their basic responsibilities as educators and how students welcome and adopt the expectation of challenging and demanding involvement in their education. It means replacing institutional structures that artificially segment and restrict parts of a whole with integration and common objectives, and altering financial priorities and reward structures so as to provide the conditions needed to reach a tipping point, to have change occur and persist. (emphasis added)

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By Don Harward, project director, BTtoP; president emeritus, Bates College; senior fellow, AAC&U

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The difficult, the dangerous, and the catastrophic: Managing the spectrum of climate risks

We argue that the notion of a single, global threshold of dangerous climate change, has outlived its usefulness as a focus for the climate discourse. In its place, we propose a new climate risk management framework that incorporates the inherent limits to mitigation and adaptation, and links scientific risk assessment with social values and risk perceptions. This risk management quadrants framework overcomes the problems with the dangerous threshold by restructuring the climate challenge around minimizing collective suffering, rather than averting a distant catastrophe.

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Interesting concept that could apply to other kinds of risk management. What do you think?

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Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct?

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

With nearly 2.5 billion materials circulated through more than 16,000 public branches, 2013 was one of the strongest years for libraries in the past decade.

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Interesting programming breadth and scope is only part of what this article covers:


By being responsive to the unique needs of their communities, libraries have taken on sometimes surprising roles. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, for example, the central branch of the City-County library has a case worker from the state’s Family and Children Services agency on hand four hours a day, five days a week. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, you can check out musical instruments, microscopes, telescopes, and home tools. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York libraries offered direct assistance to residents who needed help rebuilding. The Sacramento Public Library in California hosts Punk Rock Aerobics, led by one of its librarians. Outside Rochester, New York, you can check out fishing poles. In Dallas, Texas, a public library facilitates Coffee and Conversations, one-hour sessions for the homeless; more than 70 people attended the second meeting. And in Woodbine, Iowa, you can borrow cake pans.

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The University of Windsor is the 300th STARS-related institution!

The University of Windsor is the 300th STARS-related institution! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability.

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STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability.

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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as us
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SCUP–49 plenary speaker Clay Shirky has a way with words. “Most stories have focused on the lightning, on MOOCs as the flashy new thing. I want to talk about the [rotten] tree”—higher education.

[L]ike every threatened profession, I see my peers arguing that we, uniquely, deserve a permanent bulwark against insurgents, that we must be left in charge of our destiny, or society will suffer the consequences. [W]e have a lot of good ideas and a lot of practice at making people smarter, but it’s not obvious that we have the best ideas, and it is obvious that we don’t have all the ideas. For us to behave as if we have—or should have—a monopoly on educating adults is just ridiculous.

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Clay Shirky's analysis of the state of traditional higher education--as opposed to alternatives such as MOOCs--seems to follow the logic of Clayton Christensen's disruptive innovations, but with more attitude.

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Finance Reporting Reimagined

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What if business officers could start over again to create an effective model of financial reporting that more clearly describes college and university finances? 

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The NACUBO Accounting Principles Council’s “Blank Slate Project” aims to do that.

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Meet The Pioneers Of Sustainable Design

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"Most people immediately think of stewardship in terms of natural resource protection, but it also means helping local economies, designing opportunities for social interaction, creating memorable experiences and generating stronger real estate values. To achieve this, we must strike the right balance between natural, cultural, functional and aesthetic considerations of a project. This requires us to address the interrelationships of land use, environment, historic preservation, site design, architecture, pedestrian connectivity and vehicular networks. When these elements are properly balanced, we know that we have created something that will likely persevere over time."

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Report: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges

"In 2012 alone, the net total impact of community colleges on the U.S. economy was $809 billion in added income, equal to 5.4 percent of GDP. Over time, the U.S. economy will see even greater economic benefits, including $285.7 billion dollars in increased tax revenue as students earn higher wages and $19.2 billion in taxpayer savings as students require fewer safety net services, experience better health, and lower rates of crime.


Students also see a significant economic benefit. For every one dollar a student spends on his or her community college education, he or she sees an ROI of $3.80."

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A new report from the American Association of Community Colleges, "Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges," shows that community colleges are a boon to the American economy at large and to the individual student.

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One-Quarter of Adults Hold Educational Credentials Other Than an Academic Degree, Census Bureau Reports

One-Quarter of Adults Hold Educational Credentials Other Than an Academic Degree, Census Bureau Reports | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In this report, we've been able to measure for the first time how many people take another route to a productive career: holding an alternative educational credential independent of traditional college degrees. It turns out that millions of people have taken this path," added Ewert.

These alternative credentials include professional certifications, licenses and educational certificates. The fields of these professional certifications and licenses were wide-ranging and include business/finance management, nursing, education, cosmetology and culinary arts, among others.

The report shows that, in general, these alternative credentials provide a path to higher earnings. Among full-time workers, the median monthly earnings for someone with a professional certification or license only was $4,167, compared with $3,433 for one with an educational certificate only; $3,920 for those with both types of credentials; and $3,110 for people without any alternative credential.

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Certification or alternative credentials have the most positive impact for workers with no college or an associate's degree. Nice to have this benchmark. The more we learn the more we have to change.

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Survival Requires Taking Time for Important Conversations Outside of Administrative Minutiae

Survival Requires Taking Time for Important Conversations Outside of Administrative Minutiae | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
On Friday, January 31, a group of fifteen faculty and staff  came together as students for the first local "discussion section" of the MOOC on the future of higher education at SUNY Fredonia.   We ...
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This could be a useful quote for planners: "As a provost, I find that I have to be determined and disciplined not to let the tyranny of administrative minutiae take command of my head space.  I think it’s a matter of survival that we take time to have important conversations like this."

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ELI 2014: MOOCs and MOOC Research (with images, tweets) · kreshleman

From sessions on MOOCs and MOOC research...biggest takeaway for me is that MOOCs are moving away from disruption toward another tool in the toolkit of ed tech in higher ed.
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Awesome technology turns tweets from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative meeting into a slide show of volunteer reporting-out. It's not a replacement for being there, of course, but we weren't  :(


We especially like slide 12.


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6 key findings about going to college

6 key findings about going to college | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Amidst College-educated millennials are outperforming their less-educated peers on virtually every economic measure, and the gap between the two groups has only grown over time.

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Amidst all the other uncertainties, this gives planners a secure leg on demand, because this particular outcome measure of a degree can be quantified. On the other hand, there are cost and capacity to consider. What else?

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The Civic Series | Bringing Theory to Practice, from AAC&U

The Civic Series | Bringing Theory to Practice, from AAC&U | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Civic Series
  1. Civic Provocations
  2. Civic Values, Civic Practices
  3. Civic Studies
  4. Civic Learning and Teaching
  5. Civic Engagement, Civic Development and Higher Education
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Great series, from which parts 1–3 are already available as a free pdf download.

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Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers.

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Rethinking Education with Design Thinking

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We explored some of the most collaborative and creative examples of this new learning thinking in the Bay Area. This started with Brightworks, an experimental school in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood started by Gever Tulley, TED speaker and author of 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do). My first impression of Brightworks was that it was just north of chaos—but with great results for engaging the kids with learning. Starting with an empty space and no traditional classrooms, the school is fascinating because the kids are literally building their environment as a part of the hands-on process of exploring their current projects. The teachers facilitate these projects and offer advice or guidance when asked. Guest speakers and spontaneous field trips help the students understand the various aspects of the project.

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Colleges and analysts respond to Obama ratings proposal

Nice summary of some of the many responses.

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