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Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'

Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen spoke about disruption in higher ed as a keynote speaker at the Harvard IT Summit.
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"'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'


Christensen made a connection between higher ed today and the reign of mainframe computing. 'At the time of the mainframes, the proprietary architecture mattered most and the components were secondary. Everybody knew IBM and Digital, but not the maker of their components. The PC’s arrival flipped all that, and the component makers like Intel then became more important.'


He continued, 'Harvard will still have its unique architecture, but the courses are becoming modular, like PC components. The brand [recognition] could move away from the universities to the courses.'


With more ways to access learning, a difficult question looms: 'Is this [transformation] a threat or an opportunity for Harvard?' There was a long silence after Christensen posed the question.


Finally, [Harvard President] Margulies, sitting in the front row, answered.


'It’s both,' she said."

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The Future of Professional Development: Online, Free, and Just-in-Time | Selingo

The Future of Professional Development: Online, Free, and Just-in-Time | Selingo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As we celebrate Labor Day this week, it's a time when many of us take stock of our work, our careers, and what changes we might want to make in the coming year.


Indeed, at some point in our lifetime we all have confronted—or will confront—a career change, a new job, or will simply realize our skills are outdated. In previous generations, knowledge developed so slowly that we could last in a job or career for a lifetime with one set of schooling.


But today, knowledge is growing rapidly by the year. Half of what is known today was not known ten years ago and the amount of knowledge in the world is doubling every 18 months, according to the Association for Talent Development. To survive, we constantly need to refresh our knowledge. ...


[A] new economy of learning is emerging. It won’t eliminate continuing and executive education programs, but it will certainly disrupt the field of professional development.

This new shadow learning system is defined by students who need to acquire knowledge quickly (within hours) and in chunks (while standing in line at the supermarket). It is supplied by the likes of the Khan Academy, which serves up 5,000 videos to some 10 million people a month, Lynda.com, which has more than 4 million subscribers for its how-to online tutorials, and even YouTube.

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susangautsch's curator insight, September 7, 4:19 PM

This is the future... online of course. 

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IT centralization: Institutional hesitation

"Despite technology’s critical role in higher ed, there remains a gap between central IT and the rest of campus that can lead to unnecessary spending.


Recent findings of a MeriTalk survey of 52 U.S. higher ed IT professionals illustrate this discrepancy. An average of 18 percent of campus IT systems are redundant, and 19 percent of all IT investments are made outside of central IT. This equates to an annual “unmanaged, unmeasured investment” of $4 billion, the report states (based on an EDUCAUSE estimate of $21 billion in annual campus IT spending by U.S. higher ed)."

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The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports?

The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"College sports already are imbalanced. And they’re doing just fine.


Actually, college sports aren’t merely imbalanced. They’re practically rigged."

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This can stimulate some thought, just as the season begins. We noticed that the title didn't specifically mention football. A lot of forces are converging on college football. Let's say that transformation is on the way. What do you think?

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Do tell, 'ACTA’s view of the proper role of trustees is much more muscular than the AGB’s'

Do tell, 'ACTA’s view of the proper role of trustees is much more muscular than the AGB’s' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Nonetheless, one element of the higher ed establishment wasted no time in condemning the ACTA report as reckless and wrong-headed.  On August 21 the blog of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) described the report as calling for “unilateral trustee action” and “activism,” and the “dismantl[ing]” of shared governance. As a matter of fact, the ACTA committee did tip its collective hat to the idea of shared governance in the preface to its report:


Effective board leadership involves not only listening, but also includes acting after due deliberation, even when not everyone agrees.  This does not mean that trustees unilaterally impose their will over the institution.  Rather, trustees need to listen carefully to faculty concerns and become knowledgeable so that they can make highly informed decisions.  When their decisions depart from faculty wishes, they must be able to articulate why that is appropriate.

Even with this caveat, it is clear that ACTA’s view of the proper role of trustees is much more muscular than the AGB’s.  As the catch phrase ACTA is using to promote the study puts the point: “Trustees must have the last word.”  Given the seriousness of the challenges that colleges and universities face, here’s hoping that ACTA’s reform model prevails over the business-as-usual attitude exemplified by the AGB blog post.

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

The ACTA "tipped its hat" to shared governance in its preface. Bottom line, though: "Trustees must have the last word.”

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Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges

Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CSCC’s and CML’s IT departments have worked together to ensure that the virtual desktop infrastructure works properly. Testing has taken place at other branches over the past couple months. The real test will come when the fall semester begins. ...


Thousands of CSCC students live in the CML service area, so it was natural to combine services, said Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

'We’re looking to create the libraries of the 21st century,' Zenitsky said. 


Commentary: Librarians are invaluable in the digital age


A big part of that is to support education and be a resource for students from pre-Kindergarten through college. The dedicated CSCC room at the library also is strategically placed next to the teen area, so teens can see the CSCC students working and 'be inspired to achieve,” added Zenitsky.'"

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

The author lists additional examples of this category of collaboration: "A partnership between Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and theColumbus Metro Library (CML) System in Ohio will make access to distance learning easier for many CSCC students. The library’s newest branch, which opened in July, features a dedicated room for CSCC students, and all CML branches offer computer access to the CSCC system."

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Bold buildings: How to integrate new architecture into historic urban landscapes

Bold buildings: How to integrate new architecture into historic urban landscapes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"When Clemson University unveiled its designs for the Spaulding Paolozzi Center, a "modernist" building meant to house the school's satellite architecture and design division, strong reactions followed. People either loved the building (or at least the idea of the building), or they hated it.

The lovers argued that architect Brad Cloepfil's plans were fresh and light and new and smart, and that the new building would help mix up the landscape, adding aesthetic vitality to the city. The haters insisted that it was ugly and inappropriate, that it didn't fit within the city's prevailing architectural style. 


The controversy, still unsettled, has drawn attention to one of those timeless, fundamental urban questions: whether and how new, modernist buildings should be integrated into a landscape characterized by protected historic structures or dominated by a particular historic style."


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

The author also suggests taking a look at Steven Holl's Seona Reid Building, part of the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.

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Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30

Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interest in zero net energy (ZNE) grows rapidly, but implementation is lagging. This webinar will look at the decision-making factors institutions consider when building a ZNE facility. Is the trend line bending towards greater ambition, or are institutions staying on the sidelines as costs come down, technologies improve, and the daring few pave the way, offering valuable lessons learned? Corporate and institutional representatives will also examine lessons from from Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, and Case Western Reserve University. They will offer first-hand experience on specific ZNE installations, both at the small and large scale, and will look ahead to predict what's next. This program will include frequent audience polling and opportunities for questions.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 PM–3:30 PM eastern—An interactive look at the trends, technologies, costs, and boundaries impacting Zero Net Energy buildings. Register now!

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How Are Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Getting Along as Neighbors?

How Are Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Getting Along as Neighbors? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Downtown Phoenix has become a focal point for the education of healthcare professionals with the ongoing development of the Arizona State University Downtown Campus and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Each of the Arizona public universities now has a presence in Phoenix’s urban core offering healthcare degree programs and research. Here is an ASU Design Consortium Abstract and Description of the project,


This symposium will examine these innovative approaches to redefine complex problem solving outside of traditional boundaries to reach solutions from diverse academic perspectives. We will explore multiple dimensions of this approach in the context of the multiple healthcare professional programs to learn about the programs, approaches, and environments that support success.

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A one-day symposium from the Society for College and University Planning's Pacific Region | October 13, 2014 | Arizona State University Downtown Campus | Phoenix, AZ | Register now!

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Rethinking College | Explore the future of higher education with Hari Sreenivasan

Rethinking College | Explore the future of higher education with Hari Sreenivasan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
AUGUST 22, 2014   BY MERRILL SCHWERIN 

PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan traveled the country this year to explore the state of higher education. He will share five of stories he found as part of a week-long look at how America is rethinking the college experience. The series comes at a time when many believe higher education is at a crossroads. Continue reading 

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

This current series of PBS shows is one of many resources on PBS' Rethinking College website. Worth a bookmark, and worth viewing for a big picture look at what learners are watching about us.

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Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely

Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
It’s back-to-school time, and this got us thinking about one of the more amusing tropes from the movies and television: short-tempered college (and grad school) deans getting unreasonably (and sometimes reasonably) angry at the students in their charge. We compiled our favorite such scenes in this supercut. Enjoy.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

We just had to share this at the semester's dawn.

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Predictive Patterns— 'Don't try using data as a weapon in organizational conflict'

Predictive Patterns— 'Don't try using data as a weapon in organizational conflict' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Regardless of how you define it, big data is transforming the way colleges and universities are being managed—and this trend is just in its infancy. Improving student success, identifying new sources of public support, increasing alumni giving, and reducing energy consumption are but a few of the opportunities waiting to be uncovered by data.


As you proceed, a word of caution: Don't try using data as a weapon in organizational conflict, Carleton's Rogers warns. 'This should be a collaborative effort where we're all working to get information because we care about the results,' he says. 'We have to create an environment where everyone is open to honest introspection and evaluation. The data might be positive—or not—but it's not personal.  It's intended to help the institution.'"

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Several useful mini-case studies.

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external higher ed trend of interest | The New Editors of the Internet

external higher ed trend of interest | The New Editors of the Internet | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In a small number of Silicon Valley conference rooms, decisions are being made about what people should and shouldn't see online—without the accountability or culture that has long accompanied that responsibility.
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How does this affect higher ed?

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For Two-Year Colleges, a Chance to Grant More Four-Year Degrees

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, momentum seems to be building for more two-year institutions to get a chance to offer four-year degrees.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A growing trend, yes, but not a huge thing:


"Shirley A. Reed, the president of South Texas College, said that offering bachelor’s degrees for nearly the last decade had not caused her institution to stray from its mission.


Noting that baccalaureate students only represent 2.3 percent of enrollment at the three community colleges in Texas that offer the degrees, she said, 'The tail is not wagging the dog.'"

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Are Élite Colleges Bad for the Soul?

Are Élite Colleges Bad for the Soul? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Nathan Heller on William Deresiewicz’s “Excellent Sheep,” which, in attempting to debunk one myth of higher education falls prey to another.

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How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell

How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The newspaper's new project isn't trying to pick the best colleges. It’s more interested in how well they attract underprivileged students. ... 'Our project is much more of an analysis than it is any attempt at a comprehensive ranking,' says David Leonhardt, who heads The Upshot, the "Times" division that will produce the new ratings."

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

Other rankings "'are all attempts at some kind of comprehensive overview,' Mr. Leonhardt said in a follow-up interview on Thursday. What The Upshot plans to unveil, starting with the findings being released at the September conference, is a 'a more targeted look,' based on particular slices of data. 'We’re not trying to do a comprehensive, throw-everything-in look at colleges.'"

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Tracey Vickery's curator insight, September 5, 11:17 PM

This might be the way to finally break the branding zombies.

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Deferred Maintenance at Canadian Universities: An Update

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This report, published by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), is worthy of a look.


"In spite of the concerns raised the conclusions of the report may be seen as positive. While there has never been and will never be sufficient funding available to instantly eliminate the problem, strategies are indeed available to proactively manage it.


While five specific strategies are enumerated, they can be summarized in a single, overarching consideration" ... .


Too long to post the entire list here.

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Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education

Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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

Each institution's goal for the grant is briefly described. We think these projects will yield useful lessons learned for others.

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Virginia Curran's curator insight, August 28, 10:00 AM

From www.govtech.com - Today, 7:10 AM


"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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Making Space for Creativity on Campus, free book download

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The story of the evolution, use, and assessment of the Creativity Centre at the University of Brighton is a valuable resource for campus communities exploring the potential of spaces that nurture creative learning, creative learners. In this posting, the Learning Spaces Collaboratory concisely summarizes some of the key points in the 136-page document, specifically for academic leaders, managers, and administrators.

The Collaboratory has a forthcoming webinar on September 16, "Transforming, Sandboxing, Repurposing Learning Spaces for Nurturing Creative Learning, Creative Learners: Lessons Learned from the LSC Experience."
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The Important Work of Keeping Guns Off Campus | Public Policy

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"Colleges and universities are charged with providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Accordingly, nearly all colleges and universities—public and private—have adopted policies that prohibit or severely restrict firearm possession on their campuses.


These gun-free policies have helped make postsecondary education institutions some of the safest places in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of homicides on U.S. college campuses is typically less than 25 deaths per year. Additionally, the department has placed the overall homicide rate on college campuses at .07 per 100,000 persons.1


In comparison, the homicide rate in the United States for persons aged 17 to 29 is 14.1 per 100,000 persons, a rate 200 times that in the college population."

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Green Apple Day of Service on Your Campus 9/27?

Green Apple Day of Service on Your Campus 9/27? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impactfind an event in your area and register your 2014 project today!

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

This September event is closely tied to October 22's twelfth annual Campus Sustainability Day.

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The 2018 Mindset List | 'Their collection of U.S. quarters has always celebrated the individual states.'

"1. During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center. ...

13. Women have always attended the Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel. ...

22. Students have always been able to dance at Baylor."

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We wait for this every year. This descrbes the world our incoming freshman class has lived their entire lives in.

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'It was not our intent to destroy universities ... . That's not why we did it.'

'It was not our intent to destroy universities ... . That's not why we did it.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Love this.


"It wasn't our intent, I just want to be clear about that now, it was not our intent to destroy universities. That's not why we did it. We want to change universities, and we want them to work for the better.

Thinking in Models: for Design, for Learning…

A large part of this talk is about that change. It's interesting. We go from the first slide about people wanting to be relevant, wanting universities to be relevant, all the way to the last slide about what's going to replace universities, without doing all the thinking that we need to do in between. We need to do this thinking in between.

Let's begin our thinking with where the current trends, we're told, are going. We're told there will be tiered service models at universities. We're told there will be analytics and data-driven management. We're told there will be alternative credentials. To a certain degree, all of these three things are true.

To a certain degree, none of these three things are going to work themselves out in the way that the economist or economists or education reformers predict. When you look at that, basically it's like they have this model or design in their head of how we could rebuild the university system, wipe it all out, start over, and we'll have a new model.




Figure 1 - workflow process employed to assist LMS selection

This model of accountability and cost frameworks and all of that will solve all the problems that the current system has. Models are popular in education too. Here's a model (Figure 1) of a workflow-processed employee to assist LMS selection. You can't really read the small writing there. It goes from enrollment to program administration to learner interactions to content creation to assessment.

It's a fishbone diagram. If you're in economics or business, you're probably familiar with it.Models of how to select educational technology including customized lists of LMS features, a way of picking among those 305 features of a learning management system that you might want to solve the educational problems at your institution."

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

You really need to read this. Or at least skim it. This is not your ordinary POV. "I criticize Coursera. I criticize the Stanford MOOCs and all of that, but when Norvig and Thrun launched their artificial intelligence MOOC, in the first week, 150,000 people signed up. Overall, I think it was something like 250,000 people signed up for one course, a really hard course that's really difficult to understand, in artificial intelligence.


Forget the fact that a lot of them dropped out. A lot of them didn't. Tens of thousands finished. This, by itself, indicates that the old model wasn't working. There was such a pent-up demand for upper-level university courses in artificial intelligence that, when one was finally made available, people knocked down the doors trying to get to it."

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Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early

Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the day may help teens get more rest.
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Makes all the sense in the world that this carries on into college or university years. Does any university start its earliest classes at 9 am or later?

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Content Licensing Creates 'Existential Crisis' for Libraries

Content Licensing Creates 'Existential Crisis' for Libraries | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Old-fashioned media—books, tapes, CDs, etc.—are governed by the first-sale doctrine, a legal provision that allows a buyer to do whatever she wants with a copy.


The licensing of digital media, however, gives publishers far more power. Instead of selling an album outright, they can sell permission to access its contents for a fixed amount of time. (This is a boon for textbook publishers in particular. Under a digital regime, they may not have to worry about losing sales to students buying used copies.)


The licensing model stands to become the norm as physical media get phased out, says Mr. Hoek. “This isn’t just a music problem,” he says. Anything made of “ones and zeroes” can be kept on a leash.


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

Even as SCUP takes a deep, hard look at how it licenses its knowledge content, that kind of deep, hard look by publishers is worrying college and university librarians:


As more and more books, videos, and sound recordings are licensed and distributed through online-only means, the amount of materials available for libraries to collect is shrinking.


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