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The Next Chapter for HBCUs: Three Imperatives | Inside Higher Ed

There has been lots of speculation about the future of HBCUs. While some of this has played out in the media, there is also an on-going conversation within this sector about what needs to happen to ensure a viable and productive future. Both conversations are sensitive in nature, saturated with nuance and divergent views concerning which directions are best. There are, however, a few clear environmental signs that demand the attention of everyone concerning the future of HBCUs regardless of one’s current position.


1. Outcomes represent the “coin of the realm”;

2. Delivery systems matter; and

3. Using data and assessment to inform decisions. [end quote]

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SCUP Updates and Deadlines

Learn about upcoming deadlines and announcements.

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Think Strategically Across Higher Education!


Chicago, IL
July 11–15, 2015

 
Call for Proposals is now open!
Deadline: October 1, 2014, 11:59pm Eastern 
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Registration is open for the following events:


2014 Mid-Atlantic Symposium
October 13 | Towson, MD


SCUP Planning Institute - Step I
October 19 | Orlando, FL


2014 Southern Regional Conference
October 20-22 | Orlando, FL


2014 North Atlantic Symposium
October 24 | Stony Brook, NY


SCUP Planning Institute - Step I
November 4 | Ontario, Canada


2014 North Central Regional Conference
November 5-7 | Ontario, Canada
Deadline: September 24 - Early-bird pricing ends


SCUP Planning Institute - Step III
January 16-17 | Tempe, AZ


2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
March 8-10 | Norfolk, VA
Deadline: September 15 - Call for proposals closes


2015 Pacific Regional Conference
March 22-24 | Portland, OR
Deadline: October 10 - Call for proposals closes


2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference
April 12-14 | Providence, RI
Deadline: October 6 - Call for proposals closes

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An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu

An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Going to EDUCAUSE 2014 next week? Don't miss SCUP's very own chief learning officer, James Young, presenting with his former Lehigh University colleagues on big data storage strategy!

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Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News

Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Digital badges hold promise to assess and track the skills and competencies that cross-cut learning. At this early stage, though, many questions remain unanswered. A recently released report uses scenario planning (matching badge-design approaches with potential badge uses) to identify nine key issues to consider as the badge movement grows. 

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Washington Journal: Indiana University President Michael McRobbie

Washington Journal: Indiana University President Michael McRobbie | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An information technologist by training, Indiana University president Michael McRobbie addresses affordability, deferred maintenance, the IU Athlete's Bill of Rights, and fundamental changes occurring in higher education. 

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Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross

Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As part of a C-SPAN series on Big Ten higher education leadership, Ray Cross discusses the public policy challenges for a comprehensive state system: state and federal funding, academic research, and serving diverse learners.

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Get a smooth start on construction planning with FLEXspace

Get a smooth start on construction planning with FLEXspace | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange (a.k.a. FLEXspace) is a free online resource that makes space planning easier. Dean and Provost sums up the excellent SCUP–49 presentation given by members of the FLEXspace team.

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Games in the Classroom Reading List

Games in the Classroom Reading List | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Thinking about integrating gaming into your curriculum or learning space? Check out these vital resources.

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4 Key Questions Experts Are Asking About Obama’s College-Ratings Plan

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At a public hearing on President Obama's college-ratings system, higher education experts raise big questions that must be answered before the plan is implemented next year.

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Becoming a Real Person

Becoming a Real Person | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Is the role of the university cognitive, moral, or corporate? A take on William Deresiewicz's new book Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.  

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U.S. falls behind in college competition: OECD

U.S. falls behind in college competition: OECD | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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According to a new OECD report, the United States is spending less on public higher education; also a larger-than-average proportion are not matching their parents' level of education (so-called downward mobility).

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Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience

Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Living away from home gives students a chance to immerse themselves in new academic and social worlds. But that kind of college experience is available only to an increasingly privileged few.
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"But the arguments for living on campus are complicated at every turn. In reality, dorm life, especially at selective schools, can be alienating for first-generation minority students struggling to relate to peers with private school diplomas and plenty of pocket money. To low-income parents, many of whom have more traditional values, talk of non-academic engagement can sound pretty frivolous and even suspicious, as if easy access to frat row were being recast as a pillar of a well-rounded education. To these same parents, staying at home doesn’t seem at all unconventional. In high school, my peers and I understood going away to college as going away. Separation from family was part of the deal. This is not a universally accepted notion in Latino and Asian family traditions in which multi-generational households are quite common."

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Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out

Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two-storey addition on top of Thompson Rivers University building gives B.C. law school sweeping style and space
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Using some additional examples, this also explores the growth in "vertical campuses," in Canada.

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Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism

Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Learning analytics stand poised to benefit students in previously impossible ways. Alongside innovation, however, ethical discussions need probing questions, assessments of possible outcomes, and active disagreement about future developments. Ethical modeling will not achieve these, at least not in a substantive way; principled reflection needs to keep up with the speed of innovation as closely as possible. An inner matrix of tensions will achieve ethical reflection aligned with innovation — or at least get us closer to that goal. When schools or companies build new learning analytics systems, or when schools are deciding between competing products, ethical discussions ought to be in the forefront of outcomes-based commitments. The proposed tensions of utopianism (what is the very best outcome?), ambiguity (are the outcomes knowable?), and nihilism (how are unexpected outcomes handled?) can help institutions and companies fulfill the goal of assisting student success."

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The author, James E. Willis, III is an educational assessment specialist at Purdue University.

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The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education

The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Higher education’s move to the digital environment was supposed to make it more open and accessible. Instead, digital environments are increasingly closed, offline, and gated. This article calls for “research and teaching in the open web” and building “highly integrated and open networks of scholarship,” ultimately shifting the “terms of digital engagement.”

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Increasing Number Of College And University Leaders Concerned About Maintaining Student Enrollment

KPMG’s annual survey of higher education leaders reveals concerns: shrinking enrollments, the pace of technological change, and how their organizations can transform to improve educational delivery.

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Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic

Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How committed are US elite colleges to socioeconomic diversity? The New York Times uses a new measure to reveal the answer—not very—and suggests two public policy moves that would increase access to college, regardless of endowment size.

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New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy - American Academy of Arts & Sciences

New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy - American Academy of Arts & Sciences | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Research is vital to international competitiveness, but the US has fallen to 10th place in research and development investment. This report stresses the need for robust partnerships among universities, industry, and government, and offers actionable recommendations for the long-term viability of the US research system.

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Why College Freshmen May Feel Like Impostors On Campus

First-year students who feel they don't belong at college are less likely to graduate. This one-time intervention for these students improved academic performance and wellbeing for the next three years of their lives.

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10 Lessons Learned From MOOCs

10 Lessons Learned From MOOCs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Though the MOOC trend seems to have petered out a bit, this list of lessons addresses their durability and impact.

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Oculus co-founders donate $35 million to erect computer science wing at University of Maryland

Oculus co-founders donate $35 million to erect computer science wing at University of Maryland | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Two important things about this news: 1) deep-pocketed, high-tech entrepreneurs give early in their careers and 2) people still want their name on buildings.

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Why Administrators Should Love Shared Governance

Why Administrators Should Love Shared Governance | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Shared governance can be frustrating to those new to higher ed, but it’s important for campus governance to be a building block for effective planning—building a culture of change relies on collective intelligence.

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A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

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Encroaching bureaucracy, corporatization, and the struggle to rectify competing goals at our increasingly complex universities—from a faculty perspective.

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Stop Talking ’Bout My Generation

Stop Talking ’Bout My Generation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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They’re lazy and entitled. They’re hard-working and civic-minded. This article pokes holes in these generational generalizations; millennials—like all generations—are more richly varied than typically represented.

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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes

Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions,...
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"In theory, many of [publisher] courses could easily act as stand-alone products," replacing university courses.


Derived from this: "It’s sensitive terrain for the publishers as well. In theory, many of their courses could easily act as stand-alone products they could sell directly to students who need to fill a social science or math requirement. Pearson PLC could become Pearson U. But the publishers don’t have college accreditation. They need the colleges to turn a course into something that can count toward a degree, and they don’t want to undercut their main market."

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Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment: Statistical Report

The purpose of this report is to examine how often, and under what conditions, postsecondary institutions accept the transfer of credits earned by students at other institutions. It addresses the following questions:
• How often do members of a cohort of beginning college students transfer or coenroll1 between postsecondary education institutions during their undergraduate years?
• How often, and in what amounts, do credits transfer when students move from one institution to another?
• What characteristics of institutions (i.e., control, level, accreditation, and selectivity) and students (i.e., grade point average [GPA] and degree/award level of program) are related to credit transfer?

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From NCES.

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Australian College and University Projects

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College and university reviews and images of architecture, interior, and landscape projects from Architecture Media.

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A nice college of images and info from campus planning and design initiatives down under.

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