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Five Ways to Create Success for Veterans in Higher Education

Five Ways to Create Success for Veterans in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In the first installment of this two-part series, Nathan Sable argued that the biggest challenge veteran students face is regaining their sense of service and community. From there, he outlined the first two of his five strategies for how higher education institutions can help support this effort; through hiring a knowledgeable veteran coordinator and creating a sense of service. In this article, he explains his remaining three strategies for creating success for veteran students in higher education."

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

Worth a look if you are planning or advising someone planning improvements in veterans' programs.


Also, a very nice publication to monitor as lifelong learning picks up in importance.

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80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice

80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As architects and designers, where does our understanding of people come from? Mostly, subjective observation and untested assumption," according to Evidence Based Design Journal.

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

SCUPers who 'get' integrative planning and design will understand the value of evidence based design. SCUP initiatives, like the Perry Chapman Prize, underwrite research in support of evidence based planning and design. 

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'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money'

'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Put simply, when combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money."

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

Where does a faculty member work? Where is the faculty workplace? The campus? The classroom? An on-campus faculty office? 

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 5, 10:09 AM

What do we find most attractive about a new job offer? How important is the physical workplace in that decision-making process? A recent Australian study, undertaken by Hassell Architects and Empirica Research, dug up some intriguing stories about the role of workplace culture, people and design in the decisions we make about where we will spend ours days.

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U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.
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"The facility, which is pursuing gold LEED certification, will include multiple microclimates to accommodate a variety of plantings, according to coverage in the Daily Iowan. Also, because portions of the roof can be seen from many of the building's offices, the green will provide a visual break for occupants.


Among the operations in the center will be six floors of research labs and a mix of wet and dry labs. Among the major areas of research will be diabetes, cardiovascular, auditory, lung biology and biomedical imaging. One level will contain the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, with several MRIs."

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New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with CAEL’s Tate on Prior Learning, Competency-Based Ed

New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with CAEL’s Tate on Prior Learning, Competency-Based Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

DiSalvio: Some note that the greatest risk to traditional higher education is the growing interest in competency-based or prior-learning education models. Could you explain the source of this alarm?


Tate: I think the source of the alarm is different for prior-learning assessment than it is for competency-based education. On the prior-learning assessment side, what most people are concerned about is that it will take students away from the classroom. The fear is that it will reduce the participation of students in courses. And further, that the faculty will have less of a role in the students’ education because so much of the learning will be coming from outside the classroom.


The quality question that is frequently raised is: “How do we know that the student really has this knowledge?” But when you get under that question, you find that the concern is really that the faculty will not have the same control over a student’s learning as they would if it were under their auspices in their classrooms, internships or research. So there is some reasonable amount of alarm over faculty loss of control. Usually that makes its way into a quality argument. But it’s often really about the issue of control, rather than quality.


On the financial side, there is fear that prior-learning assessment will diminish full-time equivalent enrollment generation. The financial concern and the faculty concern are very closely related. The financial issue is related to the potential loss of credits—and revenue—generated within the institution. These are legitimate concerns, but what we try to demonstrate is that people, in fact, don’t take fewer credits, but rather tend to take more credits because they stay in school longer and are more likely to graduate. They tend to persist and this means the institution will not lose the revenue.

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

Good interview. DiSalvio interviews Pamela Tate, president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

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SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile

SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CIES, Congreso de Infraestructura trata sobre gestión y desarrollo de infraestructura, compartiendo e intercambiando experiencias de gestión, financiamiento, servicios, administración y tecnología."

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

That translates (Thanks, Google!) into: "CIES , Infrastructure Congress is about management and infrastructure development, sharing and exchanging experiences in management, financing , services, management and technology."

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'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report

'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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Facing skeptical customers, declining enrollment, an antiquated financial model that is hemorrhaging money, and new kinds of low-cost competition, some U.S. universities and colleges may be going the way of the music and journalism industries.


Their predicament has become so bad that financial analysts, regulators and bond-rating agencies are beginning to warn that many colleges and universities could close.


'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble,' the financial consulting firm Bain & Company concluded in a report—one-third of them, to be exact, according to Bain, which found that these institutions’ operating costs are rising faster than revenues and investment returns can cover them."

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

And Robert Zemsky says the faculty are sitting on the sideline: 

We’re on the sideline. And that’s terrible that the faculty, writ large, are on the sideline.”

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For Two-Year Colleges, a Chance to Grant More Four-Year Degrees

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, momentum seems to be building for more two-year institutions to get a chance to offer four-year degrees.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A growing trend, yes, but not a huge thing:


"Shirley A. Reed, the president of South Texas College, said that offering bachelor’s degrees for nearly the last decade had not caused her institution to stray from its mission.


Noting that baccalaureate students only represent 2.3 percent of enrollment at the three community colleges in Texas that offer the degrees, she said, 'The tail is not wagging the dog.'"

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Are Élite Colleges Bad for the Soul?

Are Élite Colleges Bad for the Soul? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nathan Heller on William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep,” which, in attempting to debunk one myth of higher education falls prey to another.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, August 31, 7:26 PM

A good read.


"From the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries, the essential structural elements of the university have remained largely the same,” he wrote. Those elements boiled down to a governing idea that he called 'the academic dogma': 'Knowledge is important. Just that. Not "relevant" knowledge; not "practical" knowledge; not the kind of knowledge that enables one to wield power, achieve success, or influence others. Knowledge!

That changed in 1945. The catalyst was money. 'Wealth, approaching billions, began to pour into universities from federal government, from industries, and from foundations,' Nisbet wrote. The wealth was channelled into centers and institutes: a new kind of campus enterprise that pursued independent research, often for use outside the academy. 

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How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell

How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The newspaper's new project isn't trying to pick the best colleges. It’s more interested in how well they attract underprivileged students. ... 'Our project is much more of an analysis than it is any attempt at a comprehensive ranking,' says David Leonhardt, who heads The Upshot, the "Times" division that will produce the new ratings."

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

Other rankings "'are all attempts at some kind of comprehensive overview,' Mr. Leonhardt said in a follow-up interview on Thursday. What The Upshot plans to unveil, starting with the findings being released at the September conference, is a 'a more targeted look,' based on particular slices of data. 'We’re not trying to do a comprehensive, throw-everything-in look at colleges.'"

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Tracey Vickery's curator insight, September 5, 11:17 PM

This might be the way to finally break the branding zombies.

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Deferred Maintenance at Canadian Universities: An Update

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This report, published by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), is worthy of a look.


"In spite of the concerns raised the conclusions of the report may be seen as positive. While there has never been and will never be sufficient funding available to instantly eliminate the problem, strategies are indeed available to proactively manage it.


While five specific strategies are enumerated, they can be summarized in a single, overarching consideration" ... .


Too long to post the entire list here.

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Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education

Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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

Each institution's goal for the grant is briefly described. We think these projects will yield useful lessons learned for others.

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Virginia Curran's curator insight, August 28, 10:00 AM

From www.govtech.com - Today, 7:10 AM


"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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Making Space for Creativity on Campus, free book download

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

The story of the evolution, use, and assessment of the Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton is a valuable resource for campus communities exploring the potential of spaces that nurture creative learning, creative learners. In this posting, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory concisely summarizes some of the key points in the 136-page document, specifically for academic leaders, managers, and administrators.

The Collaboratory has a forthcoming webinar on September 16, "Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience."
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5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The "[a]ward honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

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Higher Education in India & Its challenges :

State Government Victoria Australia presents India Education Summit 2014: conceived and organized by Businessworld. Over the past decade, India has made laud...
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APM Group's curator insight, September 11, 7:52 AM

Education in India despite of high quality is always questioned for its practicability. Most of the basic schools are yet to be modernizing in their approach. The basic thing that I found in Indian school is the absenteeism of the latest trends like facility management, housekeeping services and others.

 

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Evidence Based Design Journal

Evidence Based Design Journal | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Issue 01 of the EBD journal is essential reading for anyone developing a new aged care facility, or remodelling an existing one. Containing globally relevant, detailed case studies, evidence based design strategies, and articles about future trends, the Aged Care Issue of EBD Journal will assist you with brief development, design and facility management"

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

Excellent articles and a welcome new journal that planners should bookmark.

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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, September 4, 12:43 PM

This is an excellent site for those who are curious about how to relate to their interior design more effectively!

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The California Community Colleges' Research and Planning Group's Conference Proceedings

The California Community Colleges' Research and Planning Group's Conference Proceedings | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The California Community Colleges' 2014 Research & Planning Conference proceedings (conference materials) are available for many sessions. Examples of session titles include: 


Presentation provides an overview, tools and examples of a 360-degree feedback approach to the evaluation of integrated planning processes.


Presentation introduces an integrated planning protocol developed and implemented by Yuba CCD and how faculty are engaged in the process.


Presentation explores the concerns and costs associated with students taking longer than necessary to finish a degree.
Presentation shares College of the Canyons’ online program planning and review system fully integrates department planning with budget development and college-wide strategic planning, including embedding SLOs into the online system. 
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

The RP Group does quality work, almost always sharing it with the rest of the world. Thanks.

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SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education

SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Very few, if any, organizations operate with anything remotely resembling clockwork precision. As for stability, many organizations need to regularly adapt new practices just to maintain their status quo. Higher education institutions, perhaps more than other organizations, need to consistently practice adaptability to remain competitive and relevant.


SCUP Planning Institute faculty trainer, Robert P. Delprino, has drawn on his education, professional life, and experience as an institute faculty member to write a book every planner should read. “Change is a people process; the strategic planning process is not a solitary activity but one that involves a number of players. Its success depends on the individuals and groups who participate in the plan’s development, application, and evaluation.”

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

A benefit of SCUP membership. Also available for others as an inexpensive download. Combine it with another SCUP book, A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education by Karen Hinton and you have a reference for your committees.

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Resources for Institutional Research

Resources for Institutional Research | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
"While there is great value in AIR membership (including access to world class professional-development and education, discounts on key industry publications, and extensive networking and leadership opportunities) the Association is committed to providing valuable resources to all those in institutional research and related fields.
 
This section of the AIR website provides links to services offered to IR professionals that do not require AIR membership. These include IPEDS Training; the AIR Jobs Board; our electronic newsletter, e-AIR; and Measuring Quality in Higher Education: An Inventory of Instruments, Tools and Resources.
 
We also offer Links to External Resources, a collection of more than 2,200 external websites chosen to provide specific, useful information for just about anything relevant to working in IR and related fields.
 
AIR is the world's premier resource for all things IR, serving both our members and the greater IR profession. If you have a suggestion about something we could add to this list of resources, email us at air@airweb.org."
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

It's time to share this excellent set of resources again.

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Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'

Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen spoke about disruption in higher ed as a keynote speaker at the Harvard IT Summit.
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"'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'


Christensen made a connection between higher ed today and the reign of mainframe computing. 'At the time of the mainframes, the proprietary architecture mattered most and the components were secondary. Everybody knew IBM and Digital, but not the maker of their components. The PC’s arrival flipped all that, and the component makers like Intel then became more important.'


He continued, 'Harvard will still have its unique architecture, but the courses are becoming modular, like PC components. The brand [recognition] could move away from the universities to the courses.'


With more ways to access learning, a difficult question looms: 'Is this [transformation] a threat or an opportunity for Harvard?' There was a long silence after Christensen posed the question.


Finally, [Harvard President] Margulies, sitting in the front row, answered.


'It’s both,' she said."

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The Future of Professional Development: Online, Free, and Just-in-Time | Selingo

The Future of Professional Development: Online, Free, and Just-in-Time | Selingo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As we celebrate Labor Day this week, it's a time when many of us take stock of our work, our careers, and what changes we might want to make in the coming year.


Indeed, at some point in our lifetime we all have confronted—or will confront—a career change, a new job, or will simply realize our skills are outdated. In previous generations, knowledge developed so slowly that we could last in a job or career for a lifetime with one set of schooling.


But today, knowledge is growing rapidly by the year. Half of what is known today was not known ten years ago and the amount of knowledge in the world is doubling every 18 months, according to the Association for Talent Development. To survive, we constantly need to refresh our knowledge. ...


[A] new economy of learning is emerging. It won’t eliminate continuing and executive education programs, but it will certainly disrupt the field of professional development.

This new shadow learning system is defined by students who need to acquire knowledge quickly (within hours) and in chunks (while standing in line at the supermarket). It is supplied by the likes of the Khan Academy, which serves up 5,000 videos to some 10 million people a month, Lynda.com, which has more than 4 million subscribers for its how-to online tutorials, and even YouTube.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, August 31, 1:28 PM

Something like MOOCs may be the new future of professional development, just as SCUP fiugured out a couple of years ago when we launched our Mojo based somewhat on Connectist Learning Theory (original MOOCs). It's quiescent right now as we make it mainstream in our website.

susangautsch's curator insight, September 7, 4:19 PM

This is the future... online of course. 

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IT centralization: Institutional hesitation

"Despite technology’s critical role in higher ed, there remains a gap between central IT and the rest of campus that can lead to unnecessary spending.


Recent findings of a MeriTalk survey of 52 U.S. higher ed IT professionals illustrate this discrepancy. An average of 18 percent of campus IT systems are redundant, and 19 percent of all IT investments are made outside of central IT. This equates to an annual “unmanaged, unmeasured investment” of $4 billion, the report states (based on an EDUCAUSE estimate of $21 billion in annual campus IT spending by U.S. higher ed)."

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The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports?

The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"College sports already are imbalanced. And they’re doing just fine.


Actually, college sports aren’t merely imbalanced. They’re practically rigged."

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

This can stimulate some thought, just as the season begins. We noticed that the title didn't specifically mention football. A lot of forces are converging on college football. Let's say that transformation is on the way. What do you think?

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Do tell, 'ACTA’s view of the proper role of trustees is much more muscular than the AGB’s'

Do tell, 'ACTA’s view of the proper role of trustees is much more muscular than the AGB’s' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Nonetheless, one element of the higher ed establishment wasted no time in condemning the ACTA report as reckless and wrong-headed.  On August 21 the blog of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) described the report as calling for “unilateral trustee action” and “activism,” and the “dismantl[ing]” of shared governance. As a matter of fact, the ACTA committee did tip its collective hat to the idea of shared governance in the preface to its report:


Effective board leadership involves not only listening, but also includes acting after due deliberation, even when not everyone agrees.  This does not mean that trustees unilaterally impose their will over the institution.  Rather, trustees need to listen carefully to faculty concerns and become knowledgeable so that they can make highly informed decisions.  When their decisions depart from faculty wishes, they must be able to articulate why that is appropriate.

Even with this caveat, it is clear that ACTA’s view of the proper role of trustees is much more muscular than the AGB’s.  As the catch phrase ACTA is using to promote the study puts the point: “Trustees must have the last word.”  Given the seriousness of the challenges that colleges and universities face, here’s hoping that ACTA’s reform model prevails over the business-as-usual attitude exemplified by the AGB blog post.

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

The ACTA "tipped its hat" to shared governance in its preface. Bottom line, though: "Trustees must have the last word.”

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Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges

Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CSCC’s and CML’s IT departments have worked together to ensure that the virtual desktop infrastructure works properly. Testing has taken place at other branches over the past couple months. The real test will come when the fall semester begins. ...


Thousands of CSCC students live in the CML service area, so it was natural to combine services, said Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

'We’re looking to create the libraries of the 21st century,' Zenitsky said. 


Commentary: Librarians are invaluable in the digital age


A big part of that is to support education and be a resource for students from pre-Kindergarten through college. The dedicated CSCC room at the library also is strategically placed next to the teen area, so teens can see the CSCC students working and 'be inspired to achieve,” added Zenitsky.'"

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

The author lists additional examples of this category of collaboration: "A partnership between Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and theColumbus Metro Library (CML) System in Ohio will make access to distance learning easier for many CSCC students. The library’s newest branch, which opened in July, features a dedicated room for CSCC students, and all CML branches offer computer access to the CSCC system."

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