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'Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995–2003' reviewed by Karen Merritt

'Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995–2003' reviewed by Karen Merritt | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

This is a Planning for Higher Education book review. 

 

The reviewer, Karen Merritt, retired from positions as director of academic planning at UC Merced and director of academic planning and program review at the UC Office of the President, is co-editor of From Rangeland to Research University: The Birth of University of California, Merced (Jossey-Bass 2007). A long-time SCUP member, she is currently an associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education.


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Satellite city for 80,000 people to be built near Chengu, China

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Work is about to start on a high-density, car-free "satellite city" for 80,000 people close to Chengdu in China.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 19, 2013 9:29 AM

Wow. "The city’s perimeter is defined by a clear edge, from which the city center can be reached on foot within 10 minutes. An extended recreation system connects the pedestrian network to trails that run through the green buffer and surrounding farmland. The infrastructure and public-realm networks include electric shuttles, plazas, parks and links to the recreation system. As a primarily pedestrian city, only half of the road area is allocated to motorized vehicles. All residential units will be within a two-minute walk of a public park."

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Learning from Social Media at Our Institutions #ChangeMojo

Learning from Social Media at Our Institutions #ChangeMojo | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

This week in the Mojo we take a look at social media in higher education. First, we explore Tanya Joosten, Laura Pasquini, and Lindsey Harness' article, "Guiding Social Media at Our Institutions."


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 16, 2013 1:36 PM

Can and should higher education institutions facilitate greater use of social media through institutional support, resources, training, and incentives? So far, there's not much of that going on.

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FridayLive! January 18 Teaching through Students' Physical and Virtual Eyes | TLT Group

FridayLive! January 18 Teaching through Students' Physical and Virtual Eyes | TLT Group | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

How do students see instruction? What do students say about what helps them learn in face to face and online environments. This presentation will summarize research based on a nationally available student ratings instrument. Using data collected through online surveys between 2002 and 2008, 5,272 on campus classes from 38 institutions will be compared with 13,416 online courses from 67 institutions.

 


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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

"The end game is degrees that are little more than receipts for work done elsewhere. Empire State, Excelsior, Thomas Edison, all these institutions and more convert a loose set of credits into a diploma, without much of anything resembling a curriculum. A kid named Richard Linder just figured out how to get an Associates Degree by stitching together 60 credits from 8 separate institutions, not one credit of which was earned in a college classroom. (Fully a quarter were from various forms of FEMA certification.) Linder gets an A for moxie, but it doesn’t say much for the institutions nominally policing educational coherence.

 

This vitiation of the diploma is Goodhart’s Law in action, where a socially useful metric becomes increasingly worthless, because the incentives pushing towards adulteration are larger than those pushing towards purity. This is not some bad thing that was done to us in the academy. We did this to ourselves, under the rubric of ordinary accreditation, at nonprofits and state schools. Yet I've never once heard the professors fulminating about MOOCs also suggest shutting down Excelsior College. In the academy, we are terrible at combating threats from the current educational system, but we are terrific at combating threats to it.

 

The thing to understand about the current conversation is how bad things were, for how many students, long before organizations like University of the People ever launched. In the academy, we’ve been running a grey market in unsupervised internships and larger and larger lectures for a generation already. MOOCs threaten that market."


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 13, 2013 6:16 AM

Did you see what he did there, in that title?


Provocative prose from one of the most renowned Internet observers, Clay Shirky.

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A Home-Schooling Pioneer Looks to the Future

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Mary Pride, a hero to conservative Christians, embraces technology and the Internet.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:22 AM

A reminder of what things looked like 20 years ago in computer-based education.

Terry Harding's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:51 PM

Here is a home schooling pioneer's comments on past adventures and current curriculum trends.

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Socialstructing Higher Education

What does the future hold for higher education? In this short animated film, we consider one set of possibilities based on current signals and trends.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:13 PM

What could being an architecture student look like in 2020?

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Higher education grapples with accreditation in the digital age

Higher education grapples with accreditation in the digital age | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

At a recent forum sponsored by Stanford's Graduate School of Education, innovators and experts discussed credits and accountability as online learning and societal shifts transform education.


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Digital and Web in Higher Ed | University Business Magazine

Digital and Web in Higher Ed | University Business Magazine | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

"After 38 articles, I finally get a chance to make New Year’s “predictions” about the 12 months to come. Unfortunately, I don’t own a crystal ball yet. But, all this time spent tracking and analyzing trends should help with the exercise of grasping what’s to come in 2013 for internet technologies in higher education."


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STEM and the Community College

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As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers paths heat up, students are getting a good start in their education from a most unexpected source. Community colleges have two distinct roles: certifying technicians for the workforce or providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree.


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Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots -

Put Down the iPad, Lace Up the Hiking Boots - | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

"That sneaking suspicion that you’re a more focused, creative person out in the woods? It’s true."


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 5, 2013 9:12 AM

Not a surprise to disc golfers  :)


Just more evidence that there is something about a wooded campus.

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STEM and the Community College

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As science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers paths heat up, students are getting a good start in their education from a most unexpected source. Community colleges have two distinct roles: certifying technicians for the workforce or providing the first two years of a bachelor's degree.


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Reimagining Financial Aid To Improve Student Access and Outcomes - National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

Reimagining Financial Aid To Improve Student Access and Outcomes - National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

"WASHINGTON, DC, FEBRUARY 13, 2013. As the student aid programs rapidly approach reauthorization in 2014, they continue to face severe funding and efficiency problems. With grant assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through their 'Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery' (RADD) project, NASFAA today released a policy brief examining the current systems of student aid with an eye towards reimagining how they could be improved in the future. This report does not make specific recommendations, but rather puts forward broad ideas intended to generate discussion and debate with the goal of advancing key policy issues facing student aid.

 

'The issues discussed in this brief were generated through a multi-step process, layered with healthy, challenging, and innovative discussion regarding the current and future states of the federal student aid programs,' said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. 'While none of these policy considerations are put forward as definitive solutions, they are all worthy of additional consideration and discussion.'”


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 13, 2013 7:05 AM

The policy brief delves into four major areas of future study, including:  


  1. The Value of Institutional and Student “Skin in the Game” 
  2. Student Loan Reform
  3. Streamlining and Improving Consumer Information 
  4. Rethinking Entitlement and Professional Judgment
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Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads.

Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources?

What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building?

Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?

 

The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:32 PM

A curated collection of (relatively) recent sustainable building projects that highlight innovative approaches to environmental design and green building, with links provided for additional information and details.

Paige's curator insight, August 6, 2:47 PM

Green architecture! I've dreamt and have considered going into a field of real estate specializing in the building and selling of eco-friendly homes!

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What makes an academic leader? | Inside Higher Ed


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 12, 2013 8:41 AM

"Collegial leadership means that the administrative responsibilities are taken over by one member of the faculty at a time, who becomes a sort of “primus inter pares”. This has consequences for the job criteria: not only must the proposed leader demonstrate managerial capacities (flexible, adaptable, strategic and most of all effective), but she or he must also be a resourceful scholar with a good publication record and deserving academic performance."

Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, February 18, 2013 5:52 PM

This is an interesting take on academic administration. I wonder how much of it applies in U.S. higher education, where I work.

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NACUBO: The Horse Before the Cart

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For Michigan State University, infusing sustainability into its supply chain meant first engaging providers before developing procurement policies and articulating outcomes.


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:28 AM

SCUPer Kathryn Lindahl is one of the authors of this useful piece about integrating sustainability planning and purchasing planning. Very practical advice and process sharing.

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Satellite city for 80,000 people to be built near Chengu, China

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Work is about to start on a high-density, car-free "satellite city" for 80,000 people close to Chengdu in China.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 19, 2013 9:29 AM

Wow. "The city’s perimeter is defined by a clear edge, from which the city center can be reached on foot within 10 minutes. An extended recreation system connects the pedestrian network to trails that run through the green buffer and surrounding farmland. The infrastructure and public-realm networks include electric shuttles, plazas, parks and links to the recreation system. As a primarily pedestrian city, only half of the road area is allocated to motorized vehicles. All residential units will be within a two-minute walk of a public park."

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Higher education grapples with accreditation in the digital age

Higher education grapples with accreditation in the digital age | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

At a recent forum sponsored by Stanford's Graduate School of Education, innovators and experts discussed credits and accountability as online learning and societal shifts transform education.


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The University’s Dilemma

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In the face of disruptive change, higher education needs a new, more innovative business model.


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:48 AM

A deep look at possibilities for new models for higher education as a business. In one section, titled "Know Thyself," the author says "Before taking action, universities and colleges need to take stock in their own positioning: 'Know yourself,' as Sun Tzu advised. Using the language of business strategy, institutions must understand their “value propositions” from a set of four distinct benefits." 


Those four distinct benefits are labeled Selection, Knowledge, Certification,  and Immersion. Definitely worth a read for perspective and ideas.

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The Creative Walk | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

The Creative Walk | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

"[W]e know, both intuitively and practically, that socially interactive spaces, furnished with warm materials and rich textures, are beneficial and useful to the people who occupy them. But how do you convince the data-driven person who pays the bills? Buildings cost money. Owners want their dollars to go far. That’s reasonable. It’s because of this that architects are asked to prove that their designs marry performance and efficiency with inspiration and user comfort."


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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, February 20, 2013 10:00 AM

This is a fascinating piece about designing workplaces to stimulate creativity and productivity. Having recently come through the design phase for a new library building, I have a better appreciation for what we and our architects came up with, particularly in the attributes of our atrium and thoroughfares.

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'Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995–2003' reviewed by Karen Merritt

'Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995–2003' reviewed by Karen Merritt | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

This is a Planning for Higher Education book review. 

 

The reviewer, Karen Merritt, retired from positions as director of academic planning at UC Merced and director of academic planning and program review at the UC Office of the President, is co-editor of From Rangeland to Research University: The Birth of University of California, Merced (Jossey-Bass 2007). A long-time SCUP member, she is currently an associate at the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education.


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Does Student Affairs Need a Technology MOOC? #saMOOC | Inside Higher Ed

Does Student Affairs Need a Technology MOOC? #saMOOC | Inside Higher Ed | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

"Does your student affairs / higher education graduate program have a technology class? Have you ever hoped for a student affairs technology book? Maybe it's time to look at something outside of our usual wheelhouse. What am I talking about? Well, last October, I tweeted out a question about whether or not we should look at creating a Student Affairs Technology MOOC."

 


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Being a Good Colleague with Social Media | Inside Higher Ed

Being a Good Colleague with Social Media | Inside Higher Ed | JanellMayo | Scoop.it

"Social media is often stereotyped as a frivolous, navel-gazing enterprise, and completely antithetical to the deep thinking and thoughtful questioning of academia. However, most gradhackers know that academia and social media are not at all incompatible. Used well, social media can be a vibrant and fruitful space for networking, exchanging ideas, and--dare I say it--building supportive friendships. Some of my best scholarly friends are folks I initially met on Twitter, and then got to know in person at conferences...

 

What other tips do you have for being a good colleague with social media?"

 


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 18, 2013 10:13 AM

Not frivolous. But our recent article shows that no one is managing it well on campus.

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Sticker Shock

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“There is too much bickering and dickering by families seeking a better deal, families who do not need the money, families who like the prestige of receiving a ‘merit’ scholarship,” writes John McCardell of The University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee, who answered our question with a yes. “All financial aid recipients are meritorious. We should cease to employ the distinction between ‘need’ and ‘merit.’ To do this will bring down our discount rates and also allow us (as my institution has done) to lower tuition.”


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AAC&U Monographs | Informal essays and provocations into institutional missions


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 7, 2013 2:56 PM

Informal essays and provocations that support and deepen inclusive and intentional campus-based consideration of an institution’s own civic mission and the civic mission of higher education today.