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Should Parental Connections Provide A Leg Up In College Admissions?

While affirmative action policies have been challenged in court, legacy admissions remain largely unquestioned.

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New N.H. tourism director hopes to work with colleges

New Hampshire's new tourism director aims to work with the state's higher ed institutions to promote New Hampshire as a place to visit and learn.

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A is for Education

When your college GPA determines your post-grad opportunities, what do you do? You sign up for easy-A classes. A student offers an alternative method for measuring academic success borrowed from NCAA basketball bracketology.

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Blowing Off Class? We Know

Blowing Off Class? We Know | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Colleges are integrating the data they collect—from how often a student logs in to read the course packet to how many campus social activities she attends—to improve student retention and graduation rates.

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StudentGeneratedInduction's curator insight, March 22, 6:19 PM

A view of big data approaches in action. Some advantages & some that didn't work.

 

"put “attendance triggers” into its academic monitoring system, but disabled them for the many military students it enrolls after realizing that missed classes were inevitable for active-duty personnel but not necessarily predictive of academic trouble. The alerts were just annoying."

 

 

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E-Sports at College, With Stars and Scholarships

E-Sports at College, With Stars and Scholarships | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

E-sports, or video game competitions, are catching on at campuses across the US. What started as a grassroots effort now has leagues, championships, competitive prizes, and athletic scholarships—all with major financial support from video game producers.

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Erma F. Ballesteros's curator insight, December 17, 2014 12:33 AM

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Changing the way we teach

This engineering professor's motto? Everybody learns by doing. How one class got students off Facebook and into learning.
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Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 12, 2:53 PM

Kinesthetic learning!

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This Will Revolutionize Education

For nearly 100 years, we've been asking the wrong questions about technology and learning. It's not which technology is more effective, but how best to use each technology to promote meaningful thought processes.

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, December 11, 2014 11:02 AM

Fantastic!  Technology might change, but it cannot replace the importance of human interaction and mental processing. It is the learning going on inside the students' heads that matters. Teachers are the key:  "The teacher's role is to guide the social process of learning... and make students feel important and accountable for doing the work of learning."   The philosophy behind creating a community of co-learners with students and teachers is a perfect example of  the Learning Commons.  Collaboration and communication are factors that will revolutionize education, technology provides us some nifty tools as assistance.  

Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 12, 2:53 PM

Powerful stuff!

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Universities building again after recession

Universities building again after recession | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As the US recession wanes, building and renovation projects are on the rise once more. Most projects focus on student centers and housing in an effort to attract students and improve retention.

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Wake Forest U. creates room for napping in campus library

Wake Forest U. creates room for napping in campus library | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Wake Forrest's revamped approach to student well-being is a bit unorthodox—not only is there a library room that encourages napping, but outdoor areas include board games and a piano.

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Anjan Purandare's curator insight, January 5, 1:15 PM

How Cool is that! - says Anjan Purandare, an alumnus of India's ISB.

Anjan Purandare's curator insight, January 5, 1:20 PM

How cool is that!

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6 Campuses and the Alcohol Surrounding Them

6 Campuses and the Alcohol Surrounding Them | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Each college trying to rein in drinking faces its own challenges: bars everywhere, numerous liquor stores, students' house parties. Explore the terrain here.
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I Teach At The University Of Virginia, And I See Signs Of Its Rape Culture Everywhere

I Teach At The University Of Virginia, And I See Signs Of Its Rape Culture Everywhere | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A professor comments on what it will take to change the rape culture problem at UVA—sustained anger and energy.

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Professors' emphasis on student-centered teaching methods hits 25-year high

Professors' emphasis on student-centered teaching methods hits 25-year high | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

More emphasis on student-centered instruction while online teaching slowly grows.More ethnically diverse faculty, but faculty who are women and non-white feel they must worker harder to be seen as legitimate scholars. This and more observations from UCLA’s survey of over 16,000 full-time faculty.

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On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race

On Elite Campuses, an Arts Race | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Facing funding cuts and possible liquidation, on-campus art museums are working to prove their relevancy to the school’s academic mission. Elite schools are investing in art museums and centers as durable cultural landmarks that enrich the college experience while state schools incorporate art into engineering and biomedical programs.

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Are Black Colleges Boosting Minority Representation in the Sciences?

Are Black Colleges Boosting Minority Representation in the Sciences? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

By focusing on both the technical and soft skills necessary for a successful career in STEM fields, HBCUs are providing the support necessary to prepare more minority students for STEM careers.

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Mrs. Everett's curator insight, January 5, 1:21 PM

By putting this issue on the agenda, the media is playing the role of gatekeeper.

Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 12, 2:50 PM

Interesting reading...

Wron Ga's curator insight, January 18, 1:47 PM

Poprzez skupienie się na obu umiejętności technicznych i miękkich niezbędnych do udanej kariery w dziedzinach ścisłych, HBCUs udzielają wsparcia niezbędnego do przygotowania większej liczby studentów mniejszości kariery STEM.

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GOP wants accountability, innovation from accreditation – at least right now

More Republicans will be in the US House of Representatives in 2015. What does that mean for higher ed? Likely, 2014’s message from Republicans won’t change—do more with accountability, innovation, and, above all, student achievement.

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What did the world’s top 10 billionaires study at university?

What did the world’s top 10 billionaires study at university? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A look at the college careers of the top self-made billionaires in the US (those that didn’t inherit their wealth).

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Top 20 Most Awesome Company Offices

Top 20 Most Awesome Company Offices | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

From learning spaces to working spaces—20 innovative and fun company offices.

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Sophie Brien's curator insight, February 20, 11:21 AM

Ils ont osé la créativité et le résultat est spectaculaire

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Coursera CEO Richard Levin: Democratizing Learning Takes Time

Coursera CEO Richard Levin: Democratizing Learning Takes Time | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The CEO of Coursera discusses disruption in higher education—what it means and how it's still pretty far away.

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Daniel Tan's curator insight, March 26, 9:48 PM

Changing education one campus, course, class, lesson, student at a time. However, the starting point to the response is still the greatest challenge - the professor, lecturer, trainer or teacher.

 

In most cases, the students are more ready than the instructor.

 

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

 

But when the teacher is not ready, the students might disappear :)

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Reflections from Arizona: The Future of Higher Education

Reflections from Arizona: The Future of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Three colleges in Arizona are transforming themselves to meet the needs of today’s student. The most important key to their success? A laser-like focus on the needs and success of their students.

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Most College Students Don’t Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds

A report from Complete College America finds that the majority of students at US public colleges do not graduate on time. Why? The inability to register for required courses, credits lost in transfer, and inadequate remediation programs.

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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education

Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The true disrupter in higher education is not MOOCs; it’s competency-based online education. Linking workforce needs with learning outcomes, competency-based education is agile, modularized, and more affordable than the traditional higher education experience.

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Erma F. Ballesteros's curator insight, December 1, 2014 9:17 PM

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, January 12, 2:54 PM

Schools like Southern New Hampshire University have already been doing this for years...

Daniel Tan's curator insight, March 26, 9:50 PM

shift from "content and curriculum" to "competency and combination-complementary" fit with the employers in government, business, and industry

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A revolution in higher education

A revolution in higher education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An MIT task force is re-imagining the future of learning at the school. The overall goal? "We want to enable more time for our students to build things and interact more with their professors and peers," says Sanjay Sarma, task force co-chair.

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Keith Hampson PhD 's curator insight, November 29, 2014 10:22 AM

Regardless of  the means by which this initiative achieves its' goals, or the value of its ultimate objectives, it's wonderful to learn of a project that actually has a clear and concrete end in-mind. 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 1, 2014 10:44 AM

Will this task force start another revolution in higher education or re-purpose one that has already started?

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New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Trachtenberg on Three-Year Degrees

New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with Trachtenberg on Three-Year Degrees | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Too many of us in the academy run our disciplines like Soviet factories. We want to make a certain product and we want the world to consume our product, rather than looking at the world and saying what product it needs and then applying ourselves to providing an answer to society’s issue." Former George Washington University president on the importance of alternative models for degree completion.

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