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"“We can’t go on raising tuition forever. We’re looking at all our assets and asking, ‘If they’re nonessential assets, how can we turn them into revenue?’ ”
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If you missed this session (held twice today) check out this handout: Best apps for your productivity in 2014.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 8:30 AM–9:30 AM | David L Lawrence Convention Center, 317/318
TAGS: Information Technology, Efficiency, Productivity, Web-Based Tools, Technology
West Campus is the working name for the development of an urban village (residential, retail, restaurants and office buildings) on the University of Calgary’s lands west of the current campus — hence the name. It is all of the undeveloped land north, south and west of the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
[I]t is easy to forget they are constructed out of pixels. ... The evidence that we are entering an age of post-human filmmaking has been gathering for some time."
How about post-human lecturing? No? Seriously. Think about it.
The 15 Ways to Reinvent College Infographic presents some great ideas for the future of higher education to offer students a more affordable solution to education
The challenge? We don't have all the technology we need.
"To accomplish this, Sachs says that all nations will have to undergo a process he calls "deep decarbonization," which is part of the title of a report he's helped organize and deliver to the UN today. Pathways to Deep Decarbonization, prepared by researchers in 15 different countries, looks into what's needed to achieve sufficient cuts in our carbon emissions. The report finds that current government pledges aren't sufficient, and the technology we need to succeed may exist, but most of it hasn't been proven to scale sufficiently."
"There has been a rise in what commentators call the "MBA building boom" - a raft of leading schools are spending millions developing their campuses and opening new buildings. The life of the b-school student is becoming one of luxury.
We like this:
""In every way, our physical campus and the way Tuck’s faculty and staff interact with students fosters a sense of community and collaboration. It is the place where lifelong relationships are created - perhaps the most lasting legacy of the Tuck experience," she added.
"In this presentation I look at the needs and demands of people seeking learning with the models and designs offered by traditional institutions, and in the spirit of reclaiming learning describe a new network-based sysyetm of education with the learner managing his or her education."
Downes' work is important. In some respects he and his colleagues are looking at the same kinds of things researchers in "learning environments" are, or should be, but physical space doesn't figure much in their work. Hmm.
A closer look at full-time equivalent student spending at U.S. community colleges compared with other sectors of higher education.
Pittsburgh’s Mellon Square, an icon of mid-century Modern design, has been finally restored after a six-year process. A precursor to today’s trendy green roof movement, the plaza was the first in ...
You can register on line until July 7 for higher ed's premier planning event, SCUP–49, "Plan for Transformation in Higher Education."
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Four broad provocations emerged:
The “open loop” university. I mentioned this idea, which imagines the college experience as a series of “loops” over a lifetime, in my column last week. This plan would admit students at 18 but give them six years of access to residential learning opportunities, to use anytime in their life. It would allow alumni to return mid-career for professional development and new students to get real-life work experience.
Paced education. This abolishes the class year and replaces it with adaptive, personalized learning that allows students to move through phases of learning at their own pace. The goal is to help students make better choices about what they want to study and understand their own learning style.
Axis flip. Rather than traditional academic disciplines, the curriculum would be organized around common and transferable skills that could be used over the course of a lifetime. Schools and departments would be reorganized around “competency hubs” so that there would be deans of scientific analysis, quantitative reasoning, moral and ethical reasoning, communication effectiveness, among others.
Purpose learning. Instead of majors, students would declare a “mission” to help them find meaning and purpose behind their studies.
Jeff Selingo will speak Tuesday, July 15, at SCUP–49 in Pittsburgh. Register by July 7 or register on site.
My Two favorites here are the Purpose Learning and the Open Loop ideas. Wow, how empoering would it be for students to feel a self driven purpose for being in school beyong 'getting a job' or because it's the middle class thing to do after high school?
"I could see a librarian dedicated to collecting, chronicling, and shaping the life of this building– curating, expressing, packaging, and facilitating everything that’s happening. Creating multiple entry points of conversation and bringing people together to celebrate their interests and ambitions. In short, the building becomes more than a bunch of classrooms; it becomes a participatory learning ecosystem."
Very systemic and integrative thinking.
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After meeting hundreds of people at #scup49, we wish we had paid a little more attention to this technique beforehand. How about you?
Since planning and designing the built environment is primarily a visual activity, the 2030 Palette is structured as a visual network of interrelated elements called Swatches. Swatches present highly complex and multi-dimensional information in a readily accessible format organized by category – Region, City/Town, District, Site and Building. Each Swatch contains a written recommendation, rule-of-thumb, images and graphics representing the physical application of the recommendation, as well as more detailed information for its successful application.
Swatches at this scale consider large planning issues such as land use, settlement areas, natural habitat vitality and viability, and transit network. Specific recommendations and rules-of-thumb include growth boundaries, habitat corridors, and transit corridors. Swatches in Region also focuses on best practices for adaptive and resilient development that can manage growth and climate change impacts, preserve natural resources, and exist sustainably within their ecological capital.
This site was recommended by an audience member today at #scup49
At the Saturday night president's reception.
Gambling space design.
Using methods familiar to designers as an approach to problem solving in organizations is not a particularly new development, but now higher education may be looking at it as a way to reform how education is delivered.
A good paragraph:
"Among the many memorable quotes from “The Deep Dive” is David Kelley’s remark that “Everything we create has to go through a design process.” Does that apply to the work of the higher education enterprise? It must. Everything colleges and universities do is a product of design, be it the curriculum, the campus, or all the programming that supports the institution—and the library. Higher education is better known for irrational processes for identifying problems and developing solutions, and that leads to poor design resulting in dysfunctional systems. In 1972 Cohen, March, and Olsen authored an article that described higher education as an “organized anarchy” in which decision making operated much like a garbage can into which multiple and unrelated solutions are dropped in hope of being connected to an existing problem. While not every institution is an organized anarchy, too many lack a systematic, IDEO-like approach to advancing the institution. In a previous essay, I attempted to bring attention to benefits that might accrue from colleges and universities adopting design thinking to tackle problems for which there are no easy solutions. It went mostly unnoticed. Given the many “wicked problems” confronting colleges and universities, higher education could use a new approach."
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"Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, which opened in January. At 249,743 square feet and a reported $189 million, the building assembles the school’s formerly scattered facilities, which serve some 300 students, around a grassy little courtyard and under one deeply overhanging roof. Monumentally shiny and not especially subtle, the building is closer in geography and spirit to the nearby Eero Saarinen and Philip Johnson buildings on Yale’s peripheral science and athletic campuses than it is to the dense Rudolph and Louis Kahn masterpieces at the university’s heart."
Excellent set of images.
"One of the reasons I wanted to become the provost of George Mason was the opportunity to help shape a more global university. Of course, given Mason’s Northern Virginia location near the nation’s capital and faculty talent, a good bit was going on already, but as an institution we had the chance to accelerate global education in a number of ways. That effort formed a key part of what proved to be an exhilarating job.
Based on that experience, I offer several dos and don’ts on how to make a university more international."
Get the perspectives and observations on educational quality and assessment, international education and globalization, technology and online learning, and what makes a successful provost.
"The latest issue of Academic Matters, OCUFA’s flagship publication is now live online. Titled “Rethinking Town and Gown,” the issue highlights the connections that exist between universities and their host communities. We also look at ways of strengthening the relationship between town and gown, in an effort to enrich both worlds."
A nice collection of integrative thinking about town and gown. If your planning and change management involves the relationships between a campus and its community you will want to reference this.
Higher education has remained pretty much the same for hundreds of years, but that may be about to change.
"Since the first wave of massive online courses launched in 2012, a backlash has focused on their failures and commercial uncertainties. Yet if critics think they are immune to the march of the MOOC, they are almost certainly wrong. Whereas online courses can quickly adjust their content and delivery mechanisms, universities are up against serious cost and efficiency problems, with little chance of taking more from the public purse."
"The residence hall’s design and engineering decisions were made with solar orientation in mind.Windows on the tower’s north sides provide light favorable to artists’ work and fewer windows on the south side help reduce heat. The windows are operable and the school employs an electronic system that lets students know when it’s advisable to open or close them."
Don’t miss the informative report from the 2014 jurors at SCUP–49 in Pittsburgh. Register by July 7 or register on site. Their session is Monday, July 14, at 3 pm. Presenting jurors include: Cathrine D. Blake, Associate Director, University Landscape Architect, Stanford University; Philip Freelon, President, The Freelon Group, Inc.; James R. Miller, University Architect, Johns Hopkins University; Jane Wright, Architect, President & Chief [na]