Friday Campus Connections

Join us every Friday to see how connectedness shows up in "real-world" stories and scenarios.  Here are 5 articles, blogs, or other resources that illustrate the power of connectedness.  Of course, we'll keep blogging away too.  We hope you'll stop back by on Monday, to see our newest post.  And don't forget to follow us on twitter (@Ice_Inst_Org).  Happy Friday!

The iGen Shift: Colleges Are Changing to Reach the Next Generation

File this NY Times story under, “Why Universities Need A Modern, Hyper-Connected Portal” as the author describes how the iGeneration are impacting processes, communication, and workflow at traditional institutions.  A commercial for the reality of connectedness, this story illustrates the power of technology used well. Read more>>>

Colleges and Universities Woo Once-Overlooked Transfer Students

For years, community college leaders have urged 4-year institutions to look more carefully at transfer students, but often with no real action.  That trend seems to be changing, with some schools seeing more transfers next year than incoming Freshman.  Read more>>>

Years of Education Influenced by Genetic Makeup, Enormous Study Finds

The connection between the brain and learning is obvious, but also a real mystery.  However, as scientists research more, they discover more, hoping to finally start unlocking sure-fire ways to ensure learning.  But the work will take global-scale studies, with (likely) hard to extrapolate information for a long time to come.  However one of the first of such landmark studies posted results last week.  Read more>>>

A Crowdsourced Tool Helps Princeton Students Learn the ‘Invisible Rules’ of College

How do we help students connect to teachers more suited to their success?  Should that even be attempted?  Do we support younger students in the search for classrooms, section instructors, electives, any more than a computer page of options?  Princeton took to a more formal, likely appreciable level for their young students.  Read more>>>

How One College Used Student Comments to Identify Its Best Professors

Controversy surrounds teaching evaluations at almost every institution.  Yet, some remarkable findings can come from those surveys, including strategic information regarding who should be teaching the most immature students.  Study after study find a strong “connectedness” principle here – your best teachers should teach your newest students.  The Chronicle explains how some institutions are leveraging evaluation data for such initiatives and more.  Read more>>>