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Plan for Higher Ed Transformation— Pittsburgh, July

Plan for Higher Ed Transformation— Pittsburgh, July | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Join 1,500+ peers and colleagues at higher education's premier annual planning conference.

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Fight over San Francisco's community college heats up again

Fight over San Francisco's community college heats up again | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Robert C. Dickeson is a former college president who has often pushed for accreditors to play a stronger role in assuring academic quality at colleges. He said lawmakers’ defense of City College sends a worrisome signal to other accreditors, the rest of the academy and to the general public.


Dickeson said Pelosi’s intervention is “misplaced” and that the department’s support for an extension is motivated by political pressure. It’s another episode of a well-documented history of lawmakers pushing for accreditors to turn a blind eye toward underperforming or dying colleges, he said.

Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, agreed that politics often play a role in accreditation.

“Political pressure being brought to accreditors is nothing new,” he said. “It happens all the time.”


But the stakes are rarely as high as they are with City College."

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Both Dickeson and Hartle are speaking at higher education's premier planning conference, SCUP–49, Plan for Transformation, in Pittsburgh, July 12–16. Register today to save $$.

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Rearranging Warhol’s Legacy

Rearranging Warhol’s Legacy | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The reorganized Andy Warhol Museum dedicates as much attention to Warhol’s role in pop culture as it does to his celebrated art.
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This is very close to the convention center for SCUP–49, higher education's premier planning event for 2014, Pittsburgh, July 12–17, Plan for Transformation in Higher Education.

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Call deadline June 2— Great (Un-funded) Expectations: Integration, Innovation and Collaboration for Quality, Sustainable Higher Education

Call deadline June 2— 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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This SCUP region's conference is October 5–7 in Toronto. Don't miss the opportunity to propose a learning session by June 2.

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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

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"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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Donald M. Norris is the SCUP 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award Recipient

Donald M. Norris is the SCUP 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award Recipient | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Donald M. Norris, Ph.D. is president and founder of Strategic Initiatives, Inc.  He has been active in the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) for more than 30 years, starting during his service as a university planner and institutional researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston and continuing through his distinguished consulting career.  He has co-authored seven books and monographs for SCUP that have dramatically influenced the field of strategic planning over the past thirty years, including Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century (1995), A Guide to Planning for Change (2008), and Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change (2013).  His work also includes ground-breaking practices in analytics and optimizing student success and institutional performance. He was program chair of SCUP-21 in 1986 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by SCUP in 1994. 

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Congratulations to Donald M. Norris on his recognition of his exceptional achievements in higher education plannng. The Society for College and University Planning has awarded bim its highest honor, the 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award for Distinguished Service.

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Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Environments | Perry Chapman Prize Report

Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Environments | Perry Chapman Prize Report | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Second, and perhaps more crucially, our participants were also very aware of ‘juggling’ their learning across space, time and circumstances. The extent to which both formal and informal learning spaces were available and suitable - at home, on campus and beyond the campus – at the right time and place was perceived as affecting learning and engagement, shown most immediately through effects on attendance. Again, there was considerable variation in attitudes even across our small sample. First, interviewees had a variety of preferences as to where they liked to study (dependent in part on other commitments, their home situation and the distance of their living accommodation from the university). This ranged across wanting to separate home from study-life, enjoying working at home, and negotiating across a range of study demands and possible spaces, dependent on each situation."

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2013 Chapman Prize team—join the authors and distinguished guests during the SCUP Planning Interview at 10 am Eastern on Friday, June 7. This link takes you to their current paper draft.

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Five SCUPers Take on "The Next America" Book • today at 2 pm Eastern

Five SCUPers Take on "The Next America" Book • today at 2 pm Eastern | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Watch a live video hangout with five SCUPers, each of who is reviewing Paul Taylor's new book, A Demographic Look at the Near Future: The Next America."

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Each has read the book and has taken their own view on its contents and what the changing demographics mean for higher education. 

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Hacking the University: A Future Tense Event Recap

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Even Socrates was skeptical of technology in higher education—he worried about the effect that a newfangled thing called writing would have on learning. According to Kevin Carey, director of the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program, Socrates thought that the written word was the enemy of memory for students. In...
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SCUP–49 plenary speaker, Jeff Selingo, "said, this time it’s different. Besides the threat of technology infringing on their turf, 75 percent of colleges today have flat or declining revenue. They’ve become mini-cities, trying to do a lot for a lot of people, but the model has become too expensive for both the institutions and the students—a fact that many colleges have yet to contend with.


Universities are slow to recognize that people go to college for different reasons, Selingo said—whether as a coming of age marker, in pursuit of a career, or, of course, midlifers seeking a career change. Technology startups, however, are unbundling these different purposes and focusing on one or two buckets of higher education consumers. And, he added, smart institutions will likely end up doing the same."

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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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