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Asian universities take top five spots in list of top 50 universities under 50

Asian universities take top five spots in list of top 50 universities under 50 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Is there such a thing as a start-up university? In the glut of rankings, this one looks internationally at the best universities founded in the last 50 years. Are these younger institutions able to do things quicker and better than the more established elites?

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Workspaces That Move People

Workspaces That Move People | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Data supports it—workspaces that encourage employees to "collide" improve performance. This has all sorts of potential for higher ed—nurturing cross-boundary faculty interactions, preparing students for the work environments of the future, and maximizing chance encounters between campus staff.

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The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education

The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Higher education’s move to the digital environment was supposed to make it more open and accessible. Instead, digital environments are increasingly closed, offline, and gated. This article calls for “research and teaching in the open web” and building “highly integrated and open networks of scholarship,” ultimately shifting the “terms of digital engagement.”

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Increasing Number Of College And University Leaders Concerned About Maintaining Student Enrollment

KPMG’s annual survey of higher education leaders reveals concerns: shrinking enrollments, the pace of technological change, and how their organizations can transform to improve educational delivery.

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Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic

Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How committed are US elite colleges to socioeconomic diversity? The New York Times uses a new measure to reveal the answer—not very—and suggests two public policy moves that would increase access to college, regardless of endowment size.

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New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy - American Academy of Arts & Sciences

New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy - American Academy of Arts & Sciences | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Research is vital to international competitiveness, but the US has fallen to 10th place in research and development investment. This report stresses the need for robust partnerships among universities, industry, and government, and offers actionable recommendations for the long-term viability of the US research system.

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Why College Freshmen May Feel Like Impostors On Campus

First-year students who feel they don't belong at college are less likely to graduate. This one-time intervention for these students improved academic performance and wellbeing for the next three years of their lives.

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10 Lessons Learned From MOOCs

10 Lessons Learned From MOOCs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Though the MOOC trend seems to have petered out a bit, this list of lessons addresses their durability and impact.

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Oculus co-founders donate $35 million to erect computer science wing at University of Maryland

Oculus co-founders donate $35 million to erect computer science wing at University of Maryland | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Two important things about this news: 1) deep-pocketed, high-tech entrepreneurs give early in their careers and 2) people still want their name on buildings.

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Why Administrators Should Love Shared Governance

Why Administrators Should Love Shared Governance | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Shared governance can be frustrating to those new to higher ed, but it’s important for campus governance to be a building block for effective planning—building a culture of change relies on collective intelligence.

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A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

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Encroaching bureaucracy, corporatization, and the struggle to rectify competing goals at our increasingly complex universities—from a faculty perspective.

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Stop Talking ’Bout My Generation

Stop Talking ’Bout My Generation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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They’re lazy and entitled. They’re hard-working and civic-minded. This article pokes holes in these generational generalizations; millennials—like all generations—are more richly varied than typically represented.

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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes

Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions,...
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"In theory, many of [publisher] courses could easily act as stand-alone products," replacing university courses.


Derived from this: "It’s sensitive terrain for the publishers as well. In theory, many of their courses could easily act as stand-alone products they could sell directly to students who need to fill a social science or math requirement. Pearson PLC could become Pearson U. But the publishers don’t have college accreditation. They need the colleges to turn a course into something that can count toward a degree, and they don’t want to undercut their main market."

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EvoLLLution Symposium on Higher Ed and the Workforce

This Stanford University symposium brought together Google, UCLA, and UC San Diego to stress the importance of bridging the goals of higher education and industry. Passive pipelines aren't sufficient to meet the needs of a 21st century economy; workforce readiness requires agile lifelong learning.

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Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next

Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This short video discusses four big trends in higher education learning: analytics designed to foster engagement, second screen content consumption, open badges, and digital publishing. 

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An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu

An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Going to EDUCAUSE 2014 next week? Don't miss SCUP's very own chief learning officer, James Young, presenting with his former Lehigh University colleagues on big data storage strategy!

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Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News

Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Digital badges hold promise to assess and track the skills and competencies that cross-cut learning. At this early stage, though, many questions remain unanswered. A recently released report uses scenario planning (matching badge-design approaches with potential badge uses) to identify nine key issues to consider as the badge movement grows. 

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Washington Journal: Indiana University President Michael McRobbie

Washington Journal: Indiana University President Michael McRobbie | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An information technologist by training, Indiana University president Michael McRobbie addresses affordability, deferred maintenance, the IU Athlete's Bill of Rights, and fundamental changes occurring in higher education. 

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Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross

Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As part of a C-SPAN series on Big Ten higher education leadership, Ray Cross discusses the public policy challenges for a comprehensive state system: state and federal funding, academic research, and serving diverse learners.

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Get a smooth start on construction planning with FLEXspace

Get a smooth start on construction planning with FLEXspace | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange (a.k.a. FLEXspace) is a free online resource that makes space planning easier. Dean and Provost sums up the excellent SCUP–49 presentation given by members of the FLEXspace team.

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Games in the Classroom Reading List

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

Thinking about integrating gaming into your curriculum or learning space? Check out these vital resources.

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4 Key Questions Experts Are Asking About Obama’s College-Ratings Plan

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At a public hearing on President Obama's college-ratings system, higher education experts raise big questions that must be answered before the plan is implemented next year.

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Becoming a Real Person

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Is the role of the university cognitive, moral, or corporate? A take on William Deresiewicz's new book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.  

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U.S. falls behind in college competition: OECD

U.S. falls behind in college competition: OECD | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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According to a new OECD report, the United States is spending less on public higher education; also a larger-than-average proportion are not matching their parents' level of education (so-called downward mobility).

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Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience

Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Living away from home gives students a chance to immerse themselves in new academic and social worlds. But that kind of college experience is available only to an increasingly privileged few.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"But the arguments for living on campus are complicated at every turn. In reality, dorm life, especially at selective schools, can be alienating for first-generation minority students struggling to relate to peers with private school diplomas and plenty of pocket money. To low-income parents, many of whom have more traditional values, talk of non-academic engagement can sound pretty frivolous and even suspicious, as if easy access to frat row were being recast as a pillar of a well-rounded education. To these same parents, staying at home doesn’t seem at all unconventional. In high school, my peers and I understood going away to college as going away. Separation from family was part of the deal. This is not a universally accepted notion in Latino and Asian family traditions in which multi-generational households are quite common."

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