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Data-Informed Campus Design

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Three experts offer insight on the role data plays in higher education campus planning, the types of tools used during this process, and where data will take us in the future.

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A new ranking of colleges that do most for low-income students

The University of California system is doing the most for low-income students, according to the  College Access Index, a new ranking system designed to highlight an aspect of colleges that too often remains hidden: economic diversity.

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Tracey Vickery's curator insight, September 25, 2015 5:10 PM

About time.  Although disappointed when it comes to the endowment per student numbers. 

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President Obama's New 'College Scorecard' Is A Torrent Of Data

President Obama's New 'College Scorecard' Is A Torrent Of Data | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Obama administration unveiled its long-awaited College Scorecard on Saturday. It aims to help prospective students decide what school best fits their needs, but instead provides a heap of data prospective students must sift through.

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Slowing Down: 6 Strategies for Deep Listening

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“What I like about the idea of deep listening, which might seem counterintuitive, is the active part of it. Deep listening calls upon us to be active as we engage with others, as well as open to what they are saying without judging their ideas or attempting to control the discourse or discursive context.”

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Cooper Union’s Leadership Crisis, in 5 Damning Allegations

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A court filing by New York’s attorney general paints a deeply unflattering — if disputed — portrait of the institution’s leaders. Here’s how he says they’ve failed. (Login may be required.)

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How One University Keeps Tabs on Students Who Defer Enrollment or Take a Leave

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A Utah State student services rep describes the U's nimble adjustments to support structures for Mormon student missionaries.

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More presidential searches embrace personality assessments

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A president's soft skills can be critical to her—and her institution's—success. More presidential search committees are using personality assessments to evaluate these soft skills.

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New poll lists ‘most friendly’ colleges for LGBT students

The poll looks at policies and programs in place at US schools to promote diversity and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) students.

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Tough backgrounds make young adults an asset, not a liability, in Chicago tech training program i.c. stars

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Teaching technology and leadership skills to students coming from tough backgrounds, i.c. stars bets that the skills their students have honed in navigating challenging circumstances—critical thinking and grit—will help them succeed in tech-related fields that value innovation, persistence, and creativity.

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U-Va. starts new undergraduate degree program for STEM teachers

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The University of Virginia will join a cadre of universities meeting surging demand by offering an undergraduate program to prepare future STEM teachers.

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Paul Smith’s College Will Get $20 Million, if It Changes Its Name

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When a benefactor’s gift includes strings, for how long does the recipient have to adhere to those restrictions? In other words, how long is forever?

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Fewer Good Jobs for College Grads? Not So, Says New Study

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A Georgetown U study grouping jobs by occupation rather than industry shows that well-paying "good jobs" grew most in the recovery.

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How To Take Advantage Of Your Brain's Hidden Productivity Powers

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Mental lists are distracting you from other, more productive uses of your brain. Try a weekly “brain dump” to work more creatively with less stress.

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After a decade, GSEHD's wait for renovation continues

After a decade, GSEHD's wait for renovation continues | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development building is long overdue for a renovation.

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The Brink of Closure: What Motivates Higher Education to Change?

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As we know from global climate change, threatening a person's existence will not motivate him to change. The same theory can be applied to higher education, according to this reflection from a faculty member who saw his college closed and shuttered.

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Amid competency-based education boom, a meeting to help colleges do it right

A group of college officials is meeting in Phoenix next month to share information about how to develop competency-based credentials. The agenda also features discussions about what academic quality should look like in those programs.

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Why Are Colleges Really Going Test-Optional?

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George Washington University recently announced it would no longer require applicants to submit SAT scores, hoping to improve campus diversity. But does going test-optional actually do that?

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Rutgers Survey Underscores Challenges Collecting Sexual Assault Data

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Some say the results of the poll conducted by Rutgers University are unreliable because only 30 percent of students filled out the survey, and questions were broadly framed.

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Loan Servicing Recommendations Released

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The Obama administration's interagency task force on student loan servicing issued its recommendations last week (report linked).

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Extending IT Collaboration Beyond Traditional Higher Ed Borders

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Lasell College reduced costs and improved service by sharing its IT infrastructure with a small, non-competing college, a retirement community, and a nursing home.

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Coursera Pivots To Focus On Job Training

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MOOC provider Coursera is shifting its focus to digital badging, partnerships with private corporations, and "job-relevant learning opportunities."

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We're Spending $10 Billion on K–12 Classroom Technology—But Does it Help Students Learn?

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Ed tech companies are on the hook to prove that investment in their products improves learning outcomes, rather than merely digitizes the typical experience.

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Teaching Long-Term Critical Thinking

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A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that there’s a dependable way to foster long-term improvements in students’ critical thinking skills.

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A new era of US-Iranian educational exchange?

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The warming of US-Iranian diplomatic relations could further open educational exchange, but American universities will remain reluctant to send students abroad with no embassy/consulate presence.

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Racial Wealth Gap Persists Despite Degree, Study Says

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New research shakes the long-held belief that higher education clears a path to financial equality for blacks and Hispanics, and contends that the problem is deeply rooted and persistent.

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