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Teaching and Learning About Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning About Teaching and Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Teaching and learning excellence did not exist, because no one measured it.


Thankfully, the epoch of unconscious teaching and learning has passed, and Teaching and Learning is now established as a bona fide hyperarticulated discipline with its own floor space, Web presence, and vigilantly guarded photocopier. We at the CTL spread excellence by steering faculty away from their focus on content (who, after all, needs to know the dates of the Civil War?) toward a more universal design model, in which knowledge-delivery systems are systematically delivered.

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As the author concludes, "The possibilities are truly endless."

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SCUP Webinar - Campus Landscaping: Impact on Recruitment and Retention

SCUP Webinar - Campus Landscaping: Impact on Recruitment and Retention | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Wow, what a great webinar. Your campus team can still purchase access to an archive of this SCUP event.

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Davis Educational Foundation/NEBHE Project on Costs and New Business Models in Higher Education

Davis Educational Foundation/NEBHE Project on Costs and New Business Models in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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A nice collection of resources.

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Interview: Patrik Schumacher

Interview: Patrik Schumacher | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Zaha Hadid Architects' director Patrik Schumacher talks about the global rise of parametric design, the advent of robotics in architecture, and the influence of 'The Matrix' on creating intelligent buildings.
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On the global stage, Patrik Schumacher is recognized as the leading theorist on the rise of parametric design in architecture, and the main oracle predicting it will dominate the next phase of advances by the avant-garde. He famously declared in one manifesto: "There is a global convergence in recent avant-garde architecture that justifies its designation as a new style: parametricism."

Building on techniques developed for digital animation and for computational design in architecture, parametricism, he said, "succeeds Modernism as the next long wave of systematic innovation."

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Early Bird Registration Deadline Today! Register now and save $$ | SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-49 Pittsburgh 2014

Early Bird Registration Deadline Today! Register now and save $$ | SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-49 Pittsburgh 2014 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Think Strategically Across the Higher Education Spectrum!

Seize the opportunity to learn and connect with well-known, higher education leaders at SCUP's 49th Annual, International Conference. Build your professional expertise and learn to incorporate the principles of integrated planning into your daily work.

No where else will you find such a wide cross-section of higher education leaders from colleges, universities, and professional organizations.


Come be part of the expected 1,500 senior-level higher education leaders and design professionals!

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Choose from more than 100 high-energy discussions and skill sessions on strategic, academic, fiscal, technology, and facilities planning practices that will provide practical solutions and applications.

Topical areas include:

  • Academic Program Prioritization
  • Leading Through Disruptive Change
  • Institutional / Educational Effectiveness
  • Stewardship of Resources
  • Engagement and Inclusiveness in the Planning Process
  • IT and the Learning Environment
  • Environmental Sustainability 
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Professional Academic Advisors—Administrative Bloat or Essential for Completion/Retention?

Professional Academic Advisors—Administrative Bloat or Essential for Completion/Retention? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Who Advises Best, Pros or Profs” is SCUP–49 plenary speaker Jeff Selingo’s take in The New York Times on the role of academic advisors in completion and reten…
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When it comes to helping students be engaged, to give them advice about what they need to do outside the classroom, faculty are not always the best.”

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Faculty leaving Bryan College after change in beliefs

Faculty leaving Bryan College after change in beliefs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Student dissent is heating up in a controversy over beliefs about Adam and Eve at the Dayton college named for one of creationism’s most famous defenders
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Wow, talk about institutional culture!

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Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of Reinvention Strategies

Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of Reinvention Strategies | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Access this new Planning for Higher Education article by SCUPers Linda Baer and Ann Duin Hill: Retain Your Students! The Analytics, Policies, and Politics of…
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Watch a live Planning for Higher Education video interview with our authors at 1 pm Eastern today.

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Summer Internships in research in one of four key areas: Online learning models, Learning revenue, High-impact learning practices, and Optimizing content discoverability

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The position begins May 12 and ends August 22 with the possibility of continuing the project. You are expected to work 20–40 hours a week and will be paid $18 an hour. Dates and hours per week are both flexible with the option of occasional telecommuting.

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Canadian Campus Visionary Ron Thom | Trent University, the Whole Campus as Art

Canadian Campus Visionary Ron Thom | Trent University, the Whole Campus as Art | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Ontario — When Ron Thom was commissioned to design a university in Peterborough 50 years ago, his unique artistic approach set him apart from his Canadian peers – and hasn’t been topped since. Monocle takes a tour around campus.
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It’s an artful blend. 'As you walk through Trent’s campus, you feel like you’ve crept through a hole in the universe where some benevolent dictator has mandated that all architecture should be rendered as art' This is perhaps no coincidence. [nc]

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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.
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It’s a race among vendors, and it’s going to cost your institution a lot of money to help people better search your library. But, is Google search “just as good”? A look at how libraries are looking ahead, and an admission that Google is easy and works well: “‘I kind of hate to say it, since I am a librarian,’ one interviewee says. ‘We pay a lot of money for discovery tools. And then I go off and just use Google Scholar.’"

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New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Judith Eaton on Self-Regulation

New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Judith Eaton on Self-Regulation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"What we have currently is a lack of alignment between purposes and expectations. Accreditation was developed as a collegial process, using peer review with a primary focus on quality improvement. That collegial approach has worked for a great many years. While this approach has grown over the past 20 years, in the past five years, there has been, especially from the federal government and some states, an expectation that accreditation should function as a form of compliance with statutes and regulations. I’m referring to the requirements in the law as to what accreditors must do with institutions or programs in accordance with regulatory criteria outlined by the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions are required to document compliance with those regulatory criteria, and accreditors are obligated to consider such compliance when the institution is reviewed for initial membership or continued accreditation."

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"It is essential we do not lose peer review and institutional autonomy and academic freedom and mission. Those vital elements in our nation’s higher education enterprise have defined us and have made the U.S. higher education system one of the strongest and most effective in the world."

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Private colleges go west for students, don't find them yet

Private colleges go west for students, don't find them yet | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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We are following this move by private institutions to put branch campuses in underserved Arizona.

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Northeastern University Looks at the College Board’s Redesigned SAT

Northeastern University Looks at the College Board’s Redesigned SAT | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"With this announcement, the College Board is taking responsibility for the glaring inequalities that exist in our education system. The organization is attempting to level the playing field so that all students can work through the college application process with the same expectation of success."


Ronné Patrick Turner is associate vice president of enrollment and dean of admissions at Northeastern University.

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Good insights.

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Q&A with Teagle Foundation Prez Judith Shapiro

Q&A with Teagle Foundation Prez Judith Shapiro | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

It is clear that foundations are approaching philanthropy differently by shifting from being grantmaking organizations to being leadership organizations attempting to wield their financial power to influence public policy and act as catalysts for change. With foundations’ growing influence over policymaking and consolidation changing the center of gravity, discomfort in academe may be intensifying, with some higher education leadership asserting that they themselves are in the best position to come up with solutions to higher education shortcomings.


Shapiro sees a broad mandate in her current role to lead efforts in “advancing the well-being and general good of mankind throughout the world" by focusing on "institutions of higher learning and research." Shapiro brings her insights and perspectives on the intersection of private philanthropy and higher education and shares her thoughts on the nature of strategic philanthropy, how foundations can be catalysts for change and how foundations are influencing and shaping the future direction of higher education.

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"In terms of the scope of mega-foundations today, I quote Michael McPherson, the president of the Spencer Foundation as describing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the only foundation visible from space."

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The Uprising at the University of Michigan | Administrative Services Transformation (AST)

The Uprising at the University of Michigan | Administrative Services Transformation (AST) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Just after Thanksgiving, engineering Professor Fawwaz Ulaby posted an open letter to the U-M administration, protesting a plan to eliminate more than 300 jobs in the university's departments and schools. The online reaction was swift. Within three days, more than 1,000 faculty members from across the university had co-signed the letter--including half a dozen


The storm blew up around the awkwardly named "Administrative Services Transformation," a cost-cutting initiative hammered out for the university by Accenture, a global consulting firm. Among other things, AST would outsource financial and personnel tasks now handled within schools and departments to a "shared services center" on S. State Street."

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Just after Thanksgiving, engineering Professor Fawwaz Ulaby posted an open letter to the U-M administration, protesting a plan to eliminate more than 300 jobs in the university's departments and schools. The online reaction was swift. Within three days, more than 1,000 faculty members from across the university had co-signed the letter--including half a dozen

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Check Out the New Library | A vital, multiservice hub for all generations

Check Out the New Library | A vital, multiservice hub for all generations | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Our preconceived notions of what libraries “are” have created barriers to engaging them in strategic problem solving and community building. Now is the time to step back into your library to recognize and strategically plan how libraries can help with community issues.

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ICMA provides a city manager's POV on partnering with "new" libraries. Examples presented include the Miami Public Library and the Sacramento Public Library.

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What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do?

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What Do Excellent Community Colleges Do?— Josh Wyner administers the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. This is an excerpt from his new book, What E…
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Establishing an organization that continuously drives toward excellent student outcomes also requires intentional efforts to build a strong culture. I have yet to see an exceptional community college that was built solely through the adoption of isolated programs. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Valencia College, in Orlando, Florida. Valencia has built a faculty professional development process–including a unique tenure system–entirely around improving student learning in the classroom.


Most tenured faculty have come through this system, so there is now a pervasive culture built around professors and staff analyzing and adapting their practice to improve student outcomes.  


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What’s the Key to Successful Tech Management?

What’s the Key to Successful Tech Management? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In, What's the Key to Successful Tech Management,  SCUP–49 plenary speaker Clay Shirky looks at the planning, project management, and crisis management of the…
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"On a major new tech project, you can’t really understand the challenges involved until you start trying to build it."

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Sonic Boom: What we know about sound & music

Sonic Boom: What we know about sound & music | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Trend: "How digital technology is transforming our relationship with sound."

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A very educational, long form essay that's perfect for the planner who wants to understand acoustics better: “If you just look at sound levels,” says Carl Rosenberg, a principal at Acentech, “you're going to get contours, and you'll get a print-out, statistical definition—but it doesn't tell you what something sounds like to the human brain and human perception.” And legal regulations, of course, are primarily concerned with human perception. As Robert Berens, a longtime supervisory consultant at Acentech, puts it, "How do we come up with a metric so we can hold the venue's feet to the fire?"



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Transnational education delivers for the future expansion of international higher education

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"We set out to investigate the impacts of TNE on the host country, both positive and negative. One of the most striking findings in the study is that, overall, respondents did not believe that the negative features or potential risks of TNE were important or applicable, the exception being the high cost of TNE programmes compared with local programmes. What has come out is that survey respondents believe that TNE is providing increased access to higher education for local students and contributing to improvement of the overall quality of higher education provision. For students, the number-one rationale driving them to enroll in TNE is to improve professional skills for career development, and 61 per cent of respondents believed that studying a TNE programme would increase their earning potential relative to studying a local programme. The research also provides evidence that TNE students understand the importance of awareness and knowledge about international issues and events and they believe that TNE can help them gain this international understanding."
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The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Our brains evolved to work most efficiently in natural environments.
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You can purchase Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, here. Another quote: "Stephen Kellert, a social ecologist at Yale, told me that our poor office design is a sign that we don’t see ourselves as animals, as having biological needs. “The measure of progress in our civilization,” he said, “is not embracing nature, but moving away from nature and transcending nature and becoming independent of our biology.” Kellert told me that he finds zoos ironic. We consider it “inhumane” to keep a gorilla in an indoor, concrete environment with no exposure to greenery or anything resembling its natural habitat, and yet we put ourselves in these environments all the time."

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U. of California at Riverside Will Hire 300 New Professors Over 5 Years

"'I really see this as a chance for us to diversify our faculty,' Mr. Wilcox said. 'This is a chance for us to recruit people to an institution that has a critical mass of students and staff of color, and that has a reputation of academic excellence.' In a recent interview with The Chronicle, Mr. Wilcox described how Riverside had achieved parity in student success, across racial and income groups."

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Going from 700 to 1,000 faculty offers an amazing transformational opportunity for planners. [pa]

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Fineable Offenses For Naughty 18th-Century Students at Harvard

Fineable Offenses For Naughty 18th-Century Students at Harvard | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Published in the 1856 book A Collection of College Words and Customs, by B.H. Hall, this list describes offenses punishable by fining at Harvard College in the mid-18th century, and specifies maximum finable amounts in pounds (£), shillings (s.), and pence (d.). The list gives an interesting sense of the...
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Top Military Commanders Have Declared Our Biggest Threat, and It's One We're All Ignoring

Top Military Commanders Have Declared Our Biggest Threat, and It's One We're All Ignoring | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"This is like getting embroiled in a war that lasts 100 years. That's the scariest thing for us."

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