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In The Wall Street Journal, high-school senior Suzy Lee Weiss imagines how her fate might have differed if she had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.
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"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.
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""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 ...
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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?
Paul Taylor will speak Monday, July 14, at SCUP–49 in Pittsburgh. Register by July 7 or register on site.
"But do these benefits outweigh the financial burden imposed by four or more years of college? Among Millennials ages 25 to 32, the answer is clearly yes: About nine-in-ten with at least a bachelor’s degree say college has already paid off (72%) or will pay off in the future (17%). Even among the two-thirds of college-educated Millennials who borrowed money to pay for their schooling, about nine-in-ten (86%) say their degrees have been worth it or expect that they will be in the future. "
"Today’s piece by David Leonhardt in The New York Times’ "Upshot" pulls apart the recent framing of the student-debt disaster story that dominates the national narrative on college borrowing costs. We agree. (Well, I guess, just me.) In fact, I wrote a similar story back in the spring, saying that the US student debt story isn’t as scary as everybody thinks.
People hate hearing this."
What do you think? "But the truth is, if you managed to rack up giant student debt loads, that’s likely because you’ve undertaken—and finished—the kind of extensive education that enables you to earn a good salary over time. And while it’s a drag to have to pay your loans, it’s really not a problem for society at large.
"The program (algorithm) will be the sixth member of DKV's board."
[T]he program, called VITAL, can make investment recommendations about life sciences firms by poring over large amounts of data.
Just like other members of the board, the algorithm gets to vote on whether the firm makes an investment in a specific company or not. The program will be the sixth member of DKV's board."
So ... who's writing the higher ed board of trustees member algorithm? :D @AGBtweets #SCUP would like to recommend an integrative approach to environmental scanning and planning through change.
"Finally we’re seeing the fruits of FOIAs in a new article recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Though it’s not open access yet, there’s coverage in The Guardian and supplementary tables are freely accessible.) The study demonstrates two things: first, non-profit publishers don’t gouge libraries nearly as much as for-profit publishers do (though bear in mind that a great many non-profit scholarly organizations outsource their publishing to for-profit giants and are therefore part of the problem). And second, the differences in pricing among schools are huge and difficult to justify. Are some librarians just better at negotiating? Are some reps soft touches? What factors are used in making these calculations?"
"We're excited for this project to get underway because it is the icing on the cake to an even further enhanced Uptown," said Greg Vehr, University of Cincinnati spokesman. "It bodes well from an economic development standpoint and in terms of access to the hospitals, especially in life-saving situations. It is something that Cincinnatians have deserved for some time."
Nice, interactive image with a left-right slider to see the "now" and then the plan replace each other. [nc]
The University of Texas at Brownsville is embarking on the most important transformation in its history. In anticipation of the separation of University of Texas Brownsville (UTB) from Texas Southmost College, Public Architecture invited CannonDesign, through its Open Hand Studio, to participate in a Ford Foundation-funded workshop in Brownsville to explore potential synergies between the university and the city. CannonDesign led the workshop’s knowledge-community and urban-design tracks, both attended by Brownsville’s mayor and UTB’s president. Based on the resulting report, the UT system commissioned Cannon Design to provide planning and design services for UTB’s new campus, including site selection, visioning, academic programming, master planning, and design for the first buildings.
UTB draws upon the intersection of cultures and languages at the Southern border and Gulf Coast of the United States to develop knowledgeable citizens and emerging leaders who are engaged in the civic life of their community. It embraces teaching excellence, active inquiry, lifelong learning,rigorous scholarship and research in service to the common good. The university promotes the interdisciplinary search for new knowledge that advances social and physical well-being and economic development through commercialization while honoring the creative and environmental heritage of its region. Guided by visionary leadership and inspired by the hopes and spirit of the people it serves, UTB will become a model institution for the 21st century.
Sponsored content. [so]
"In my darker moments, I wonder if community colleges are too egalitarian, or utopian, for a culture that has forgotten that a significant middle class is a human construct, rather than a natural law. I’d be up for a principled moral argument about whether we want a political economy that’s more like Sweden or more like Brazil. Let’s have that argument, and have it honestly. But let’s not pretend that protecting the poor from their own ambition is for their own good. It isn’t. They know better. That’s why they’re here."
What do you think?
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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]
Choosing books to take on holiday has got more difficult in recent years. Now it is a question not just of what to read but how – on paper, tablet, e-reader, or perhaps even a phone – and people have strong opinions on which is best. But is there
"[T]he joined-up environment of the web encourages people to make connections and work things out, while straightforward reading encourages them to take in what’s on the page in front of them. Hence the prevalence of hyperlinks and multiple windows on computers could be seen as creating either unwelcome distraction or more opportunities for active learning." [more]
A Planning Interview with the author of Is There a There There? Online Education and ArchitectureX, from Planning for Higher Education, v42n3 April--May 20...
Live today at 10 am Eastern.
Yes, it's a social network. Also: Just a third of high school seniors place a call each day, and more teens report using Pandora than Instagram or Snapchat.
For young people,
Facebook is the newspaper,
and websites are the authors.
"2. Websites are much smaller than social networks. If you're confused why digital publishers obsess over Facebook and social media, make this graph your smartphone wallpaper. Even the most popular site among teens—BuzzFeed—has fewer daily visitors than any network or app in the graph. (Even Beats, which is considered a tiny music service, has more daily users than any website in the survey.) Seventy three percent of teens don't read BuzzFeed, 84 percent don't read Reddit, and 96 percent don't read Mashable or Gawker. For young people, Facebook is the newspaper, and websites are the authors."
Goes to show, we are moving to a more visual world. What place for literacy then? www.professorwrite.com
"There is little evidence that companies, particularly tech companies, have done much of anything positive to advance learning. How much money has been diverted to buying hardware or software that could have been spent directly on educators and students?"
"They understand that most of the people living in emerging economies will need to leapfrog past the traditional campus based system."
"[W]hen you see streets as people-places, those things that slow down a pedestrian’s pace may be the very things that make a street great. Things like patios, food carts or trucks combined with attractive seating, street performers, or just really lively store windows that draw a crowd, all contribute to making a street more "sticky." And by that, I don't mean gum on the sidewalk! A street is sticky if as you move along it, you're constantly enticed to slow down, stop and linger to enjoy the public life around you."
Nice. Several sessions in Pittsburgh next month at SCUP–49 will address transportation, pedestrian movement, wayfinding, and place "stickiness." Come and join 1,500+ peers and colleagues at higher ed's premier planning conference. It's not too late!
Campus Technology officially announces the winners of its 10th annual Innovators Awards. This year, 11 honorees were selected in six categories out of 215 nominations submitted from outstanding higher education institutions around the globe.
A lot of integrative planning involved with these accomplishments:
The proposal’s metrics are similar to those that the Obama administration has floated as possible standards for the college ratings system it is currently developing. But instead of universal ratings, the Education Trust paper calls for a focus on the worst-performing institutions in each category.
“We support the president’s college ratings proposal in concept,” Dannenberg said in an interview. But, he said, it’s a challenge figuring out how to do that accurately.