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Lessons From Sweet Briar

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The biggest lesson others can learn from Sweet Briar? The importance of transparency and engagement when making significant decisions.

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University Opens Student 'Texting Lane'

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Students who indulge in "distracted walking"—texting while walking—now have a designated lane at Utah Valley University. 

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Want more college graduates? Improve our K–12 system

College completion debates often miss a key point—students who come to college ready are more likely to finish college.

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Law Schools Fund Firms to Train Recent Graduates

Legal incubators give new law graduates experience running a legal practice and expand services to people who otherwise couldn't afford a lawyer.

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Diverse Conversations: Colleges that Excel at Multicultural Recruiting

Most US colleges and universities have a diversity plan on the books, but not all these plans get desired results. Here are 5 college and universities succeeding at multicultural recruiting and how they are making it happen.

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Coursera, Apple, and the Future of Global Higher Education

Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote, which shares upcoming developments in the tech company, did not include anything involving education. What would happen if Apple bought Coursera and invested in the business of the 21st century—education?

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Wisconsin’s Fight Over Faculty Rights: What’s at Stake, and What’s Next

Proposed legislation in Wisconsin to overhaul the public university system would hit faculty hardest. Here, an analysis of the legislation's potential impact on faculty and answers to commonly asked questions. Subscription to The Chronicle of Higher Education required.

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The Quantified Student: An App That Predicts GPA

The Quantified Student: An App That Predicts GPA | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In a small experiment, researchers used a phone's activity trackers to predict student GPA based on where the student spent time. One finding? Students with better grades studied in louder locations.

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Lessons From a Competency-Based Education Experiment

Paul LeBlanc, president of Southern New Hampshire University, explains his vision of competency-based education and what has surprised him from his college's own experiment.

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American higher education enrollment declines again

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The number of students enrolled in US higher ed declined this spring. While the improving economy and demographic shifts play a role, is this also a reflection of public sentiment towards higher ed?

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A New College for Old Credits

College Unbound, a program that helps adults finish incomplete degrees, is now allowed to award undergraduate degrees in Rhode Island.

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Is Harvard Showing Bias Against Asian-Americans?

Is Harvard Showing Bias Against Asian-Americans? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A group of more than 60 organizations has filed a complaint with the federal government claiming Harvard holds higher expectations for its Asian applicants than other minorities.

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This Is The Future Of College

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Experts say that within the next 10 to 15 years, the college experience will become rapidly unbundled and focus more on projects, competencies, and soft skills and less on seat time and lectures.

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It’s Time to Make Accreditation Reports Public

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal questions the effectiveness of higher ed accrediting agencies. One way to improve the accrediting process? Make the reports public.

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Defining Competency

The US Department of Education and regional accreditors have both recently released guidance for how to assess and improve competency-based programs.

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Everyone Complains About Evaluations. A Nobel Laureate Offers an Alternative.

Instead of using student evaluations to measure course quality, one professor suggests measuring how often a professor uses teaching methods associated with better student outcomes, regardless of how well the professor delivers those methods. (Subscription required)

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Postsecondary Trending Now: Skills that Employers Value

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A survey of employers and higher ed administrators found a disparity between the kinds of skills each group thought students needed most.

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College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one.

College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Debates about the value of college often miss a key point—that a lot of the value depends on the amount of effort the students puts into her education, not just the quality of the institution.

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The Forces Behind The Decline Of For-Profit Colleges

For-profit colleges used to enroll 1 in 9 US students. Today, some are shutting down, cutting back, even going bankrupt. What forces are causing these challenges?

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The Chief Data Officer in Higher Education

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Data-driven decision making is more important to higher ed than ever, but requires specialized skills and plans. Here's how the University of South Carolina addressed this challenge with a new position (Chief Data Officer) and a data governance plan.

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The Global Search for Education: Digital Literacy Tips & Tricks

Are digital natives digitally literate? Five skills students need to intelligently and mindfully use social media.

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More college grads are getting better jobs

Fewer recent college grads are underemployed (working in jobs that don't require a degree) thanks to an increase in higher-skill jobs and employers willing to train new graduates.

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Effective Use of Resources: SCUP–11 in Retrospect

Ray Haas reflects on an address he gave at SCUP's 11th conference. New Planning article! Free for members; $3 for nonmembers.

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Unpacking "Career Readiness"

A new report from ACT summarizes the requirements for success in higher ed and the workplace, and how these competencies could focus the future of assessment.

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