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Three university academics debate the future of higher education in light of massive open online courses.

Three university academics debate the future of higher education in light of massive open online courses. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal: Do you foresee a day when MOOCs will replace classroom learning?


SCUP–49 Plenary Speaker, Clay Shirky: No, I don't.


The places that do high-touch education well, the Oberlins and Reeds of the world, will be just fine. The places that are just using classrooms to deliver content in a low-touch way will suffer some displacement. But far and away the most important effect of online education will be to bring in people who aren't part of the current educational system at all, from people with degrees and jobs using them for retraining (which we already see a lot of) to people who could never have afforded an M.S. in computer science now [being] able to get one from Georgia Tech for less than $7,000.

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Not the greatest question, actually. But some good responses.

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Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating

Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating is a joint publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


The goal of this publication is to provide a definition and rationale for “global learning,” which is a term widely used across higher education, although faculty, staff, and practitioners do not always agree about what it means.  By exploring how the term and the ideas behind it are evolving, global learning is placed in the context of several important overlapping higher education change efforts."

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Crossing Thresholds and Learning in Libraries

"Threshold concepts aren’t new. Originally proposed by Jan Meyer and Ray Land, they have been adopted by faculty in many disciplines. Essentially, they challenge us to identify places where students typically get stuck as they wrestle with a way of knowing that they find unsettling and troublesome. These concepts, when grasped, so profoundly change the way students think that they are transformative and irreversible. Meyers and Land also believe them to be integrative, yet uniquely tied to a particular discipline."

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Note that word, "integrative."

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Organic IT, whither

Organic IT, whither | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"'If I had a crystal ball and could look 10 years down the road, I would say that many small- and medium-sized universities will move their computer centers to the cloud, allowing vendors to perform basic operations, including disaster recovery, security, backup, patches, fixes, and updates,' predicts Roger V. Bruszewski, vice president for finance and administration, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania. 'The universities will focus attention and resources on providing services to the front-end user.'" 

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From Business Officer. Subtitled, Like a healthy root system, your administrative technology can support a flourishing institution, if you prune away inefficient processes and nurture the best use of resources."


If this interests you, you may be interested in Integrated Resource and Budget Planning at Colleges and Universities, the work product of SCUP's Resource and Budget Planning Task Force.

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More Than One Quarter of U.S. College Students Have Dependent Children

More Than One Quarter of U.S. College Students Have Dependent Children | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
One finding from a new report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research finds that 26 percent of all U.S. college students have dependent children. Of these college students who are parents, 71 ...
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10 New Breakthrough Technologies 2014 | MIT Technology Review

10 New Breakthrough Technologies 2014 | MIT Technology Review | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Many implications for college and university planning. It tales integrated planning to handle these rapid and widespread changes.

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​The New Holy Grail: Inside the World's First Energy Positive Building

​The New Holy Grail: Inside the World's First Energy Positive Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The world is ready for an even fresher catchphrase than “net zero” buildings (NZB) to describe environmentally friendly buildings. Say hello to Norway's Powerhouse Kjørbo, the world’s first “energy positive building" (EPB) or “net positive" building. Originally an ordinary office building from the 1980s, the adaptive reuse project represents a collaboration between Snøhetta, construction company Skanska, environmental organization Zero, aluminum supplier Hydro, and property management company Entra Eindom. Image via Designboom Another catchphrase you can expect to hear buzzing around EPBs: By combining and optimizing existing technology, buildings like Powerhouse Kjørbo can reduce energy consumption by 90%. During the course of its anti...
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Three Pieces of the Puzzle: Instructional Content and Online Higher Education | Acrobatiq

Three Pieces of the Puzzle: Instructional Content and Online Higher Education | Acrobatiq | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
However, talk of online education's current "transformative", "revolutionary" and (worst of all) "disruptive" impact on traditional higher education ignores the
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The problems with instructional content stem from how courses are created. In most non-profit colleges and universities, the responsibility for the design and development of instructional content continues to fall to under-resourced and typically ill-prepared individual faculty members. The service departments set up in most institutions to support online learning have not substantially changed this fundamental division of labor. Instructional design professionals in these departments – despite their skills – are forced into secondary roles, often pushed toward providing technical training (“How to Set Up Quizzes in Blackboard”), rather than actually working with course instructors to design instruction. The funds available for course development are severely limited to what can be reasonably generated by way of tuition revenue (minus direct expenses) over a few semesters. And incentive systems of traditional colleges and universities make it illogical for faculty to spend excessive time developing instructional content, even if they had the wide range of skills necessary for this kind of work. There are exceptions to this state of affairs, but too few.

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Architect David Rockwell Sketches Out Ideal Stadium Design

Architect David Rockwell Sketches Out Ideal Stadium Design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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We kind of like the idea of the Big House in Ann Arbor becoming a water park in the summertime.

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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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Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say

Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The pay gap between college graduates and everyone else reached a record high last year, according to the new data, which is based on an analysis of Labor Department statistics by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Americans with four-year college degrees made 98 percent more an hour on average in 2013 than people without a degree. That’s up from 89 percent five years earlier, 85 percent a decade earlier and 64 percent in the early 1980s."

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What to do?

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America on the Move Becomes Stay-Home Nation for Young

America on the Move Becomes Stay-Home Nation for Young | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Ryan Yang could have taken a job in a New Jersey DNA sequencing laboratory after graduating from college last year. Instead, the 23-year-old lives with his family in Queens, New York, still unemployed and searching.
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"I've not actually heard of any of the people you just mentioned . . . "

"I've not actually heard of any of the people you just mentioned . . . " | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I’ve written before about the growing tendency of professionals in higher education to exist blissfully unaware of the goings-on of other parts of the sector. At the time, I was concerned I might have overstated the case.  I’m no longer concerned."

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If someone does know what's going on in many parts of higher education then it's likely to be someone who has planning responsibilities.

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Inquiry + Imagination + Innovation = I3 | SCUP Call for Proposals Ends June 3

Inquiry + Imagination + Innovation = I3 | SCUP Call for Proposals Ends June 3 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Higher education today is at the point where what has worked in the past is no longer viable. An integrated approach to planning that addresses the academic, physical, financial, and operational and allows us to imagine new ways of addressing the challenges confronting universities and colleges is needed. "Imagination is the essential requisite to innovation...." and innovation is what is needed to address the complex challenges of planning for the future in higher education."

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Accepting proposals for concurrent sessions, rapid fire sessions, and workshops only until June 3. Don't miss your chance to be part of this premier planning event this October 20–22 in Orlando.

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Is the Northwestern Decision a Wake-Up Call for Higher Ed Institutions?

Is the Northwestern Decision a Wake-Up Call for Higher Ed Institutions? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The implications of an upheld Northwestern decision would be enormous for private-sector New England higher educational institutions. The region is home to both a large number of Division One athletic teams in a variety of sports and aggressive union organizing. Just days ago, part-time professors at Northeastern University voted to form a union. Local college administrators should join the chorus of those who weigh in on this important issue. College athletics could probably use some reforms. Unionizing student athletes is not one of them.

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This attorney is not in favor of student athlete organizing. Who knows where this will go? It's just one of several trends that may end college football as we know it some time in the next decade.

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Call for Proposals | Great (Un-funded) Expectations: Integration, Innovation and Collaboration for Quality, Sustainable Higher Education

Call for Proposals | Great (Un-funded) Expectations: Integration, Innovation and Collaboration for Quality, Sustainable Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The SCUP North Central Region is partnering with local host York University for the North Central Regional Conference, to be held November 5-7, 2014, in Toronto!


We want institutions and organizations to showcase the ways they are managing in an environment of increasing compliance requirements, regulation, accountability, and ever-shrinking funding levels. Think about the challenges you are facing in higher education. How are you defying traditional planning models with new approaches and innovative solutions? Your new advances might be re-shaping anything from partnerships, to new models of delivery, sustainability, your institutional mission, budget planning, policy development, capital investment, or operations. Let’s hear from you!

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Students' jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges | Boston Herald

Students' jobs pay off tuition at 7 work colleges | Boston Herald | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
CRAFTSBURY, Vt. — Many college graduates spend years working off tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt.
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How old fashioned.

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Developing Research Methodologies for Analyzing Learning Spaces | Draft Report for Your Feedback

Developing Research Methodologies for Analyzing Learning Spaces | Draft Report for Your Feedback | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

You are invited to read and comment on this draft of the team’s research report.


Mark your calendar for a live video conversation with the research team on Friday, June 6, at 10:00 am Eastern. The video will stream at www.scup.org/perrychapman/2013-2014.
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The deadline for the 2014 Perry Chapman Prize submissions is May 31.

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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

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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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