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Is ROI the Right Way to Judge a College Education?

Is ROI the Right Way to Judge a College Education? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Tallying the costs of and returns on a college education in financial terms is surely slippery business: It depends on who you are, where you come from, where you think you're going, where you really are capable of going, and what might derail or propel you along the way. One's perspective is also skewed by political beliefs, race, and class. And for some, particularly among advocates of the liberal arts, framing the value of education in dollars and cents is a perilous trend that discounts other benefits, like college graduates' tendencies to be more involved in civic and intellectual life.

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SCUP Updates and Deadlines

Learn about upcoming deadlines and announcements.

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Think Strategically Across Higher Education!

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Upcoming events:


Redesigned! SCUP Planning Institute 1
October 4–5 | Columbus, OH
(This offering is spread over two half days)


North Central Regional Conference
All for One:  From Community Colleges to Universities, Planning for a Culture of Collaboration 

October 5–7 | The Ohio State University | Columbus, OH


Redesigned! SCUP Planning Institute 1
October 11 | Fort Worth, Texas


Southern Regional Conference
Planning for Higher Education; Exploring New Frontiers 

October 12–14 | Fort Worth, TX

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How One University Keeps Tabs on Students Who Defer Enrollment or Take a Leave

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A Utah State student services rep describes the U's nimble adjustments to support structures for Mormon student missionaries.

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More presidential searches embrace personality assessments

More presidential searches embrace personality assessments | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A president's soft skills can be critical to her—and her institution's—success. More presidential search committees are using personality assessments to evaluate these soft skills.

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New poll lists ‘most friendly’ colleges for LGBT students

The poll looks at policies and programs in place at US schools to promote diversity and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) students.

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Tough backgrounds make young adults an asset, not a liability, in Chicago tech training program i.c. stars

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Teaching technology and leadership skills to students coming from tough backgrounds, i.c. stars bets that the skills their students have honed in navigating challenging circumstances—critical thinking and grit—will help them succeed in tech-related fields that value innovation, persistence, and creativity.

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U-Va. starts new undergraduate degree program for STEM teachers

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The University of Virginia will join a cadre of universities meeting surging demand by offering an undergraduate program to prepare future STEM teachers.

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Paul Smith’s College Will Get $20 Million, if It Changes Its Name

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When a benefactor’s gift includes strings, for how long does the recipient have to adhere to those restrictions? In other words, how long is forever?

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Fewer Good Jobs for College Grads? Not So, Says New Study

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A Georgetown U study grouping jobs by occupation rather than industry shows that well-paying "good jobs" grew most in the recovery.

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How To Take Advantage Of Your Brain's Hidden Productivity Powers

How To Take Advantage Of Your Brain's Hidden Productivity Powers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Mental lists are distracting you from other, more productive uses of your brain. Try a weekly “brain dump” to work more creatively with less stress.

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US Teacher Shortages Spur a Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)

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Just a few years after the recession caused widespread layoffs for teachers, school districts now find themselves with numerous job vacancies and few qualified candidates to choose from.

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5 facts about America’s students

5 facts about America’s students | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Today’s American students are more diverse, and on track to be better educated, than their parents and grandparents.

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College leaders need vision, communication and implementation skills

It seems obvious that hiring an effective, strategic leader correlates with institutional fiscal sustainability. Why, then, is it so hard to find and hire such leaders?

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Samuel DuBose’s Death in Cincinnati Points to Off-Campus Power of College Police

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The shooting of Mr. DuBose, a black man, has prompted officials to reconsider a policy that allowed a university force to patrol an area far more complex than its campus. The University of Cincinnati is not the only urban campus with an armed police force; the Justice Department reports that 92 percent of public institutions and 38 percent of private campuses have police officers, as opposed to security guards.

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Rutgers Survey Underscores Challenges Collecting Sexual Assault Data

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Some say the results of the poll conducted by Rutgers University are unreliable because only 30 percent of students filled out the survey, and questions were broadly framed.

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Loan Servicing Recommendations Released

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The Obama administration's interagency task force on student loan servicing issued its recommendations last week (report linked).

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Extending IT Collaboration Beyond Traditional Higher Ed Borders

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Lasell College reduced costs and improved service by sharing its IT infrastructure with a small, non-competing college, a retirement community, and a nursing home.

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Coursera Pivots To Focus On Job Training

Coursera Pivots To Focus On Job Training | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

MOOC provider Coursera is shifting its focus to digital badging, partnerships with private corporations, and "job-relevant learning opportunities."

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We're Spending $10 Billion on K–12 Classroom Technology—But Does it Help Students Learn?

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Ed tech companies are on the hook to prove that investment in their products improves learning outcomes, rather than merely digitizes the typical experience.

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Teaching Long-Term Critical Thinking

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A new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that there’s a dependable way to foster long-term improvements in students’ critical thinking skills.

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A new era of US-Iranian educational exchange?

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The warming of US-Iranian diplomatic relations could further open educational exchange, but American universities will remain reluctant to send students abroad with no embassy/consulate presence.

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Racial Wealth Gap Persists Despite Degree, Study Says

Racial Wealth Gap Persists Despite Degree, Study Says | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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New research shakes the long-held belief that higher education clears a path to financial equality for blacks and Hispanics, and contends that the problem is deeply rooted and persistent.

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It's Hard to Differentiate One Higher-Ed Brand From Another

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By strategically rethinking purpose, brand, and culture, with the intention of establishing unique and outcome-focused values, leaders can create clear and compelling statements that distinguish their institution from all others. 

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How Going To College Could Change Under Hillary Clinton's New Plan

How Going To College Could Change Under Hillary Clinton's New Plan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The US presidential candidate's plan pulls together ideas to make a college degree more affordable and easier to attain.

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Jannell Alino's curator insight, August 12, 12:58 PM

Jannell Alino

AP U.S. Government and Politics

August 12, 2015

How Going to College Could Change Under Hillary Clinton's New Plan

            Democratic presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton, shared her new campaign proposal known as the New College Compact. This proposal is a compilation of numerous ideas from other presidential candidates such as: Bernie Sanders, Martin O’ Malley, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush. Each candidate’s ideas range from a free tuition to lowering cost overall. Each candidate’s proposal shares a common interest of appealing to college affordability. Within Clinton’s proposal are new, innovative ways to obtain a college degree. Some of the ideas that Clinton is attempting to implement are making public two-year colleges tuition free, offering incentive grants to states that agree to a, “no-loan tuition”, making going back to college as a parent easier etc. Clinton’s plan is to provide student aid to any organization if it is able to show results no matter the institution.

            From this article, it is apparent that change within our education system regarding financial aid will become more affordable. Not only is this change visible in presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton, but it is easily seen in a vast majority of the candidates. Affording an education after high school is becoming a rising issue within the nation and is the “crowd pleasing” problem that everyone seems to want to solve. In my opinion, the argument to implement policies that allow post-secondary education to be more affordable or even free is reasonable. As a senior in high school, this is a pressing issue. Financial aid is essential to paying for my degree and being able to attend the four-year public university that I so desire. This relates to government because financial aid is being given through the government and it is an issue that directly impacts them. I agree with this issue 100%, and I believe college tuition prices are unreasonably high and the government should not expect me to be able to pay thousands of dollars for something that should be free and available to anyone who wants to seek out an education. I do not see bias in this article because I feel that this is a topic that everyone can relte to and it is not just focused on certain people. 

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2015/08/11/431253299/how-going-to-college-could-change-under-hillary-clintons-new-plan

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Universities As Innovators That Have Difficulty Adopting Their Own Changes

This opinion piece argues that universities are great at innovating, but big barriers keep them from adopting innovations as changes.

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Triaging Textbook Costs

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In the "era of the $400 college textbook," affordability initiatives take a utilitarian approach.

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Advice for New Students From Those Who Know (Old Students)

Advice for New Students From Those Who Know (Old Students) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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New supplies, new clothes, new start. How will you manage your first year of college? Upperclassmen and recent graduates from around the country offer words of wisdom.

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