NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

Computers and Technology;Education and Literacy

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of universities and colleges. The three key sections of this report constitute a reference and straightforward technology-planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. It is our hope that this research will help to inform the choices that institutions are making about technology to improve, support, or extend teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education across the globe. All of the topics were selected by an expert panel that represented a range of backgrounds and perspectives.

June 2017

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NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

Education and Literacy

NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition, in partnership with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in technology profiled in this report are poised to impact library strategies, operations, and services with regards to learning, creative inquiry, research, and information management. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for librarians, library leaders, library staff, policymakers, and technologists.

June 2017

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Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus + Cross-Disciplinary Models

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities: Innovations in Cross-Campus + Cross-Disciplinary Models

This is a study of the distinctive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to do so, reports to upper administration (provost or vice president of research). Among research universities within the Association of American Universities (AAU), 19 were identified, and 18 agreed to participate in this study. Directors are sent a 71-question survey in January 2017 that covered issues of Governance, Research, Education, Engagement, Campus Operations and Best Practices.

May 2017

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Overcoming Barriers to Graduation: Great Lakes 2015 Philanthropy Report

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Overcoming Barriers to Graduation: Great Lakes 2015 Philanthropy Report

With over half of jobs now requiring a postsecondary credential, college completion has never been more important. Yet it remains elusive for too many students -- especially students from low-income backgrounds, students of color and first-generation students. For 50 years, Great Lakes has focused on helping traditionally underserved students who have the most to gain from a college education -- yet often have the least support in getting there -- make their way to and through college. Our 2015 report highlights the three distinct and purposeful funding approaches we use in pursuit of this goal and details several grants we made over the past year.

March 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Iowa;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Minnesota;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Ohio;North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

Education Indicators for Maine 2016

Education and Literacy

Education Indicators for Maine 2016

Educate Maine recently released its annual report "Education Indicator For Maine 2016" which looks to explore Maine's entire education system beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout adulthood. The report found that while 88% of Maine's students graduated from high school, less than half of all students were at proficiency in reading and math by the 11th grade.

October 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Northeastern) / Maine

Funding Futures: Scholarships as Agents of Social Change - Donor Resource Guide

Education and Literacy

Funding Futures: Scholarships as Agents of Social Change - Donor Resource Guide

At the Ford Foundation, we know that young people are a formidable force for positive social change in the world. Yet we have also seen how unequal access to economic and social resources limits many talented young people, and keeps them from reaching their full potential.

This resource guide is intended to illustrate how scholarship programs can make higher education more open and inclusive to all—and how they can fuel social change. The impact of well-designed scholarships can extend far beyond individual scholars. These scholarships help recognize and cultivate untapped talent, and address the inequality that too often thrives both in higher education institutions and in communities around the world.

This donor resource guide will be helpful to anyone who wants to start or improve a scholarship or fellowship program and we hope the guide—with its resources and examples from past programs like the foundation's International Fellowships Program—inspires donors and institutions alike to take risks and initiate transformational programs.

September 2016

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Youth Engagement 2015 Annual Impact Report

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy;Energy and Environment

Youth Engagement 2015 Annual Impact Report

This year, we have significantly grown the reach and impact of our Nature Works Everywhere digital learning platform to provide innovative standards aligned curriculum to more educators and classrooms. The curriculum, designed to help students learn the science behind how nature works and how to take action to protect it, demonstrates nature's benefits to students and connects them to global challenges to protect our natural systems. The curriculum has reached 1 million students this year, which represents considerable growth in reach during a single school year. Since the program's launch in 2012, our digital learning resources have reached over two million students. Additionally, we have developed three new standards-aligned lesson plans designed for the high school level, which will be completed by January 2016. This represents the program's first systematic expansion to provide curriculum for high school students and teachers. We are also creating four new videos to support the project-based learning gardens curriculum. And, we delivered four virtual field trips, during which students learned about environmental science and virtually "visited" some of the world's most stunning natural areas, accompanied by top Conservancy scientists. Our Impact at a Glance

  • 1 million students reached through digital curriculum
  • 205,000 students learned about global conservation strategies from top Conservancy scientists through three virtual field trips
  • 4 new gardens educational videos in development
  • 4 virtual field trips provided
  • 3 new curriculum units in development

February 2016

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NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE)

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy

NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments (NCSE)

Annual Report of the National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute on endowment performance and management practices in higher education.

Data gathered from 812 U.S. colleges and universities for the 2015 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments® (NCSE) show that participating institutions' endowments returned an average of 2.4 percent (net of fees) for the 2015 fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) compared with 15.5 percent for the 2014 fiscal year. This year's return was the lowest since the -0.3 percent reported for FY2012 and contributed to a decline in long-term 10-year average annual returns, to 6.3 percent from last year's 7.1 percent. This year's long-term return figure is well below the median 7.5 percent that most endowments report they need to earn in order to maintain their purchasing power after spending, inflation and investment management costs.

Despite the decline in investment gains, 78 percent of Study respondents reported spending more in dollars from their endowments this year. Among institutions increasing their dollar spending, the median increase was a substantial 8.8 percent, well above inflation.

February 2016

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

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