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If you go to Pittsburgh this July you will:
- Meet 1,500+ senior-level higher education leaders from all areas on campus- Share in dialogues that will make a difference- Learn how to plan strategically with less- Get recharged and inspired and lots more!
SCUP's 49th Annual, International ConferenceJuly 12–16, 2014
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"Successful models demonstrate that competency-based education (CBE) can fit into existing campus structures, if certain principles are followed:
The degree reflects robust and valid competencies.
Students are able to learn at a variable pace and are supported in their learning.
Effective learning resources are available any time and are reusable.
Assessments are secure and reliable."
This article describes work conducted by WGU over the last year, supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Department of Labor, to share its CBE model with eleven community colleges across the country.
Narmak Nassirian has his finger on the pulse of what’s coming at higher ed in many areas. Last week, he appeared in both Time and the Huffington Post, with regard to student loans (see below).
SCUPers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014, Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.
Members of the Society for College and University Planning and their peers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014, Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.
Learn how to turn your goals for increased collaboration into realities by building new interdisciplinary-focused facilities.
"In this one-day SCUP regional program, representatives from campuses and their designers from throughout the Heartland region will share examples of these kinds of projects. From medical, dental, and allied health education to digital libraries and campus learning commons to regional startup initiatives that focus on developing new entrepreneurs, you will hear and learn about how they turned goals for increased collaboration into realities in these new interdisciplinary-focused facilities. The program will conclude with tours of several new buildings on the UMKC campus, including the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Miller Nichols Library, and The Student Union."
"What I do get upset over is the attitude, held by some, that the problem with flipped learning resides in the students. That students, generally speaking, are the problem. That students these days simply aren’t as 'good' as they used to be; that they have no attention span; that professors are complicit by not holding students to any kind of rigorous standard; that the flipped classroom is 'obviously' not rigorous and so it’s a perfect match for students these days; that what we profs really need to do is 'teach the willing' rather than 'take care of the mediocre'; that we should not be 'at the mercy of the students'.
I have learned that whenever I post something about flipped learning or anything else that is not standard lecture, I will get comments from folks whose words make it painfully clear that their work in higher education would be a lot easier if it weren’t for all those damned students. To those people, I would just like to say a few things."
Excellent read; a good comments thread has started as well.
In my introduction to education class at my local community college, we spent a great deal of time talking about the "essence" of teaching and developing (for those of us who were taking the class to become educators, and not a GUR) educational philosophies. I personally have a philosophy that students should be heavily dependent on reasoning, communication and collaboration; if you're a genius but can't share your thoughts, what good are you?
"Analysis by Lawrence Katz and Claudia Goldin suggests that increased educational attainment among Americans from 1915 to 1999 might account for 10 percent of the growth in U.S. GDP over that time. Some commentators contend that this an underestimate (PDF). But at the global level, no relationship has been found between a more educated population and more rapid economic development. There has been an explosion in schooling in developing countries, but many show nothing like explosive growth in GDP per person. By 2010, the average Kenyan had spent more years in school than the average French citizen had in 1985. But Kenya’s GDP per capita in 2010 was only 7 percent of France’s GDP per head 25 years earlier.
What explains the limited impact of increased education on economic growth? A possible answer is that education acts as a filter rather than an investment."
An international perspective that is far from clear.
SCUP is looking for a new CEO, in a new kind of role— Please help us spread word of this search throughout the academy. From the position description*** at Korn Ferry, a few of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for SCUP President
Outstanding leadership skills;
A visionary and strategic thinker who is creative;
An understanding of the challenges and opportunities in academia;
An ability to build consensus and manage by influence;
Proven business and financial acumen;
A track record of building strong strategic alliances; and
***Note that the link takes you to a page that appears to require a log-in to look at the job posting. On the right, you can sign in with LinkedIn. If you don't want to sign in at all, the second time you follow the link it will let you in without signing up.
As SCUP embarks on its 50th anniversary, the organization is well poised to build upon a rich history and strengthen its brand and service to the higher education community and beyond. The President will work closely with the Board of Directors during this exciting time to establish a refreshed strategic direction that is visionary and results in the enhancement and diversification of SCUPs portfolio of products and services. The President will build strong relationships with leaders across higher education to articulate SCUPs enhanced value and to expand membership.
"The colleges, at least the ones with athletic programs that generate the most revenue, are poised to alter the course of player welfare. Kansas State president Kirk Schulz is part of a task force charged with creating a new business model for the NCAA, one that provides greater control for the 65 schools in the Big 12, Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference."
A growing number of university courses are using the creative arts, including “climate fiction,” to respond to what many students consider one of society’s central challenges.
Another form of resilience?
to students who get two years of classwork but fail to complete the bachelors degree: "[A]s Kent State University has recently proposed, it is time for the Academy (with its capital A) to adjust its ways, to re-examine its degree policies and to turn failure into success. Let’s reward students for what they have done, not what they failed to do. Let’s allow them to readjust their lives, to take the AA degree out into the marketplace, to join the work world. Let’s commend the positive, not stress the negative."
We like this idea a lot. What do you think?
How we collaborate has profound implications for how we live and work. The author and New York University professor explains how social media has upended traditional norms. A McKinsey & Company article.
Clay Shirky will speak at SCUP's 49th Annual, International Conference in Pittsburgh July 12-16.
More than 1,500 senior-level higher education administrators and design professionals are expected to be there!
Those who once said that digital badges are great ‘supplements’ to a traditional degree are now argue that digital badges are a better alternative.
Some good thoughts and links here. Recommended by Jim Morrisson.
"Tech columnist David Pogue addresses how disruptive technology is changing our lives at the CoSN conference. ...
Moving on to students, Pogue reinforced what most educators already know: Communication has to be made in real time through social media and texting. Many students don't use the traditional forms of communications that adults do, such as email and landline phones."
A series of informative tweets: "He touched on student data privacy as well. When the requested data is anonymous and in aggregate form, students don't mind providing it to receive a service, such as traffic patterns on a map. But they draw the line when someone gathers data attached to their name."
Using the design principles as a guide, Lumina Foundation invited nationally recognized experts as well as up-and-coming analysts to author the papers that will be discussed during today’s Ideas Summit at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The papers can be found online at http://luminafoundation.org/newsroom/ideas_summit.html. The titles and authors of the papers are as follows:
“Our goal in this series is not to prescribe a particular solution or choose one course of action,” said Merisotis. “Rather, we seek to generate innovative ideas for improving the ways in which postsecondary education is paid for in this country and to stimulate further discussion on that vital topic.”
Each paper reflects the views and recommendations of its authors, not those of Lumina Foundation.
- See more at: http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-14-paper_series#sthash.gOdjhpBj.dpuf
"If only one had time to read them all. Pick one and be stimulated. "The papers, commissioned by the Foundation, are intended to stimulate greater discussion and evaluation around several key topics in student finance, including affordability of higher education, student loan repayment, and federal-state-institutional partnerships. The papers are aimed at addressing solutions that can be implemented at the institutional, state and federal levels."
Audience:Mid- to upper-level administrators who have responsibility for leading one or more campus units and need to successfully manage change in their organization.
TAGS: Institutional Direction, Organizational culture, Change Management
Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education is higher education's premier planning conference—you will find most of the planning professionals who receive these SCUP awards in gorgeous (and transformed) Pittsburgh, July 12–16.
Below, the 2014 recipients of the Society for College and University Planning's annual awards recognizing excellence in the above fields. Details, including images, about each project and award will be available shortly. See those details about the 2013 recipients now.
Duke University for Hybrid Landscape West Campus with Reed Hilderbrand LLC
University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for University Field Station Master Plan with GRAEF
Modesto Junior College, Yosemite Community College District for Student Services Building with Perkins+Will
University of Baltimore for John and Frances Angelos Law Center with Ayers Saint Gross
Georgetown University for Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, STUDIOS Architects
More companies are entering partnerships with colleges to help design curricula, as state universities seek new revenue and industry tries to close a yawning skills gap.
"The University of Maryland has had to tighten its belt, cutting seven varsity sports teams and forcing faculty and staff to take furlough days. But in a corner of the campus, construction workers are building a dormitory specifically designed for a new academic program.
Many of the students who live there will be enrolled in a cybersecurity concentration funded in part by Northrop Grumman Corp. The defense contractor is helping to..."
"The idea of crowdsourcing architectural design is pretty disruptive, some of its critics would even say cataclysmic. The object of their distress is a website, arcbazar.com, which came online in 2011 and offers an interface between people looking for design services and those in the design and construction world who might come up with a design solution. Arcbazar was started by Imdat As, an architect with a doctorate in architectural design from Harvard, who wanted to connect architects with potential clients – during the height of the recession a few years ago. Arcbazar was instantly coined the “99designs.com of architecture,” after a website that crowdsources graphic design services. (Full disclosure: As and I are colleagues at the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.) He notes that the architecture profession is involved in only a fraction of total construction activity, foregoing potential fees that As estimates at $22 billion. Arcbazar was designed as a vehicle for architects and designers to be involved in small projects for clients who would typically not seek design services."
A nice report from the Instructional Technology Council from a survey of its membership.
"Winston-Salem State University is hosting a one-day symposium that will look at how colleges and universities are implementing their master plans. Faced with sporadic enrollment growth, dwindling resources, and increased pressure for efficiency, campuses are realizing a different set of challenges. This timely and intriguing discussion will consider how higher education institutions across the Carolinas are rethinking their priorities and potential funding sources. While some universities have seen little or no growth, others continue to experience increased enrollments. Hear how the shift to focus more on renovation projects may be required to meet the need for quality academic space."
May 20, 2014: Learn how higher education institutions across the Carolinas are rethinking their priorities and potential funding sources.
[U]nderutilization of social media is a red-flag for many prospective students."
Interesting in its description of some of the services in the realm being marketed to institutions.
In the face of countless scientific studies showing that areas with large amounts of car congestion can lead to higher rates of asthma in children, a new study finds the correlation to be flipped: asthmatic kids are creating congestion in cities.
A very timely article.
"As a Washtenaw County resident, I see myself as an investor. My tax dollars are an investment to my community, not a transaction of currency for goods or service.
When I pay my taxes, I expect that the money is used for upkeep and as an investment in my community, and that is how I feel about WCC as an institution. By my money going to the college, I hope that more people recognize Washtenaw County as a place they want to live, which improves my property value, much the same as good roads, parks and primary schools would do.
As a taxpayer, I care little about the individual student, but care about the overall performance of the college – over which residents vote in trustees to manage.
As a student, it is absolutely essential that students have access to SOQs to make sure they get the best for their tuition dollar. But there is no reason SOQs shouldn’t be made public for taxpayers as well, since it is their dollars being invested in this institution.
A little bit of transparency might go a long way in keeping the faith in our elected trustees, for if they are battling so hard to keep the SOQs concealed then there must be something to hide. And if there is something to hide, then at the next trustee election the voters might decide they want a more transparent trustee.
Interesting first hand voice of a taxpayer-student.
Northwestern University athletes won their case before the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday and were ruled to be employees eligible to form a union.The win on March 26 effectively …
Are planners ready for this?
Museums are preparing for the eventual passing of the baton from the baby boom generation, which has long been the lifeblood of giving and boardroom leadership.
These are the wealthy ones, but even they think and may behave very different as they mature. And it's not just museums.
Generational change is always occurring as new blood takes the place of the old. But as the boomers’ children take over, there is concern among administrators and trustees that millennials are not poised to meet the financial and leadership demands of increasingly complex — and expensive — museums.
“We’re not just talking about replacing one generation with another generation,” said Kaywin Feldman, director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. “We’re talking about a new generation that behaves so differently than the last one.”
"In 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour’s worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal."
And the cheaper light gets, the more light we use. Maybe that's a good thing for higher education:
Many of the first treatises denying the existence of ghosts and witches came from larger cities in the Netherlands and England, which featured some of the earliest and most extensive street lighting in Europe.