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Early demographic data hints at what type of student takes a MOOC | Inside Higher Ed

Do American MOOCs threaten disruption for international universities?


"The preponderance of international students taking MOOCs, if it persists, could have implications for the strategic directions of their providers. For example, Udacity recently made a deal with Pearson that will enable the young company to use Pearson’s testing centers to administer in-person exams to far-flung students. Pearson owns testing centers in 170 countries


It may turn out that MOOCs from elite U.S. institutions might pose the greatest disruptive threat to foreign universities, says Paul LeBlanc, the president of Southern New Hampshire University. 'It’s a bigger play, perhaps, in Asia than in the U.S.,' he said."

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SCUP Updates and Deadlines

Learn about upcoming deadlines and announcements.

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


Think Strategically Across Higher Education!


Chicago, IL
July 11–15, 2015

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


2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
March 8-10 | Norfolk, VA


2015 Pacific Regional Conference
March 22-24 | Portland, OR


2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference
April 12-14 | Providence, RI

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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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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, 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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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, 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.  

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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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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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Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, From Stanford's Design School

Standard University's Design School spent a year asking this question: what is the future of the on-campus experience in an age of online learning? This TED-like talk explores the four answers they came up with.

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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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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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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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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 (Managing Director, Client Innovations @Acrobatiq's curator insight, November 29, 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, 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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Academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial universities and biotechnology

If you want to make your university more entrepreneurial, what’s your first step? Change the culture. This article lays out an action plan for doing just that, and identifies the five characteristics of a successful entrepreneurial university.

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Fran Exposito's curator insight, November 27, 5:00 AM

We can find in this article some information about what is Academic entreperneurship and entreprenurial universities related with biotechnology. This is a topic very strong today and this is a field some students would like to join in the future. Contribute to science throughout innovation, creativity and effort.

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Universities' Challenge

Universities' Challenge | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

For the first time, the annual number of British students choose to go to university in the US is more than 10,000. What’s behind this trend? The breadth of courses in the US and tuition fees in Britain.

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