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Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'

Planning for Disruption | 'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen spoke about disruption in higher ed as a keynote speaker at the Harvard IT Summit.
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"'Modularity is overtaking interdependent architectures.'


Christensen made a connection between higher ed today and the reign of mainframe computing. 'At the time of the mainframes, the proprietary architecture mattered most and the components were secondary. Everybody knew IBM and Digital, but not the maker of their components. The PC’s arrival flipped all that, and the component makers like Intel then became more important.'


He continued, 'Harvard will still have its unique architecture, but the courses are becoming modular, like PC components. The brand [recognition] could move away from the universities to the courses.'


With more ways to access learning, a difficult question looms: 'Is this [transformation] a threat or an opportunity for Harvard?' There was a long silence after Christensen posed the question.


Finally, [Harvard President] Margulies, sitting in the front row, answered.


'It’s both,' she said."

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The Tree House at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

The Tree House at Massachusetts College of Art and Design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"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."

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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]

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Trend— Give more undergrads the attention 'lavished on students at elite institutions'

Six years ago, CUNY decided to confront the high dropout rate at its community colleges with the ASAP initiative. The results are stunning: 56 percent of the first two cohorts of more than 1,500 students have graduated, compared with just 23 percent of a comparable group that didn’t have the same experience. What’s more, most of those graduates are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Over the past month, CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) has garnered hosannas in the media for its package of comprehensive financial resources, student support systems and impressive graduation rates. The social policy leader MDRC is conducting a multiyear random-assignment study of ASAP and, in a just-released report, describes it as “unparalleled in large-scale experimental evaluations of programs in higher education to date.”


Tags: Students, Retention, Student Services, North Atlantic, NY, Community Colleges

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Julianne Caust's comment, August 25, 2014 8:15 PM
I have just had a glance at this article, I haven't actually read it in full yet, has anyone else?
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Yale's Struggles Signal Broader Challenges Ahead For Colleges

Yale's Struggles Signal Broader Challenges Ahead For Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Harkness Tower, situated in the Memorial Quadrangle at Yale (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For some time, the business model that supports traditional colleges and universities has been breaking.
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For some time, the business model that supports traditional colleges and universities has been breaking.

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Essay on changing ideas of time, space and learning in higher ed | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on changing ideas of time, space and learning in higher ed | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

But, unfortunately graduation does not necessarily mean that a student has learned anything. For graduation to be meaningful it must represent measurable, verifiable achievement of specific learning outcomes, a goal toward which many organizations and institutions are working. 

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

A nice, fairly comprehensive, and definitely useful description of issues and resources related to student competencies. The author, Alexandra W. Logue, is executive vice chancellor and provost of the City University of New York.

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The Colby Life (Colby University, Maine)

Life at Colby in just two minutes. Produced by Milton Guillen '15
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On the CASE Communications list, a campus video is shared each week. We're going to begin sharing them here, as we receive them.


"Hey all. It's Friday again, so here's another fun video from a campus in Maine. And in case it inspires you, this was created by a student (under the direction of the communications office). Enjoy!"

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Boston, March 12–14, 2014 | Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place

Boston, March 12–14, 2014 | Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Join hundreds of peer and colleagues in the region's premier planning event of 2014. "The conference theme encourages presentation and discussion of innovative ways to bring these four areas of institutional planning together to ensure better adherence to the strategic campus mission and project goals, and to “Mind the Gap” by creating better planning outcomes."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

There is no better event in the North Atlantic area. This is the premier planning event in the region.

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Cut college tuition by getting 4-year degree in 3 years

Cut college tuition by getting 4-year degree in 3 years | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Some colleges, mostly small privates, have implemented plans to graduate students in 3 years. Hartwick College is one. Now, Ohio State University has a mandate to phase in 3-year bachelors degree this fall.


"Yet for all its pocketbook appeal, the three-year concept hasn't taken off, particularly at public universities. Legislation in Rhode Island in 2009 and Washington last year encourages public universities to develop three-year options, but no programs have been proposed to date, officials in both states say. State budget challenges have pushed a University of California committee's recommendation to a back burner, says system spokesman Steve Montiel.


At Ohio State University, which must phase in three-year degrees beginning this fall, provost Joe Alutto says a three-year degree may be "misdirected for an institution such as ours." He told legislators last year that students who earned college credit in high school tend to add a minor or second major rather than graduate early."

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Photoblog: The City College of New York (via SCUP's North Atlantic Conference, April 2012)

Photoblog: The City College of New York (via SCUP's North Atlantic Conference, April 2012) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
At this very moment, Julie Brown, Director of Client Services, is enjoying the SCUP 2012 Conference City College of New York Tour.
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#SCUP47 Presenter Heze Simmons Receives the 2011 Financial Executive of the Year Award

Simmons is presenting "Integrated Planning and Resource Allocation to Meet Changing Fiscal Realities" on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:45 am. Register for SCUP–47 by Monday, April 30 for early bird savings!


"Rochester Business Journal and Financial Executives International award this distinction to individuals who make significant contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year. Heze was recognized for student focused financial decision making, empowering and developing employees and leading efforts for the very successful shuttle between campuses. Outside of MCC, Simmons was recognized for his contributions to Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development Center.


In an article in the Rochester Business Journal, Heze said 'I see this award as a tribute to my staff and an extension of all the hard work they do, too.'"

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Education in a Changing World: What's Next | Scholarship Deadline 3/19 for 4/11-13 NYC SCUP Conference

Education in a Changing World: What's Next | Scholarship Deadline 3/19 for 4/11-13 NYC SCUP Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Some of SCUP's regional events have professional development scholarships available. The deadline is now March 19 to apply for a scholarship for the April 11–13 NYC North Atlantic Regional event at CUNY. Learn more about the progam here: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM


SCUP Professional Development Assistance Scholarship

>> Deadline extended to March 19, 2012.

>> Program Description: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM

Participation of institutional members at SCUP regional conferences is a high priority. The SCUP North Atlantic Council recognizes the financial hardships experienced by institutions of higher education in the current fiscal environment. In order to provide support to members interested in continuing their professional training and development and to promote participation in regional activities, the North Atlantic council has set aside scholarship funds to defray the cost of attending the SCUP 2012 North Atlantic Regional Conference to be held April 11–13, 2012. All institutionally-based planners are encouraged to apply, especially those new to planning.

>> Eligibility: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM

To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate/provide the following:
Required:

• Currently working at (or attending, if a student) a higher education institution
• Demonstrate financial need (one paragraph self-statement)
• Explain desired benefits from attendance (one paragraph)
• Outline the money required for you to be able to attend, such as registration fee, travel, hotel, etc. $500 maximum award.

Optional: A brief statement of support by the institution, such as a supervisor (one paragraph).

Submit a scholarship application; you can find that application here: http://www.scup.org/event/scholarships

>> Application Review: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM

The SCUP North Atlantic Regional Council will review applications. Award recipients may elect whether to (1) receive the awards directly or (2) have them paid to their institution.

>> Notification of Selection

Scholarship applicants will be notified of award status by March 21, 2012.

Application Deadline is extended to 11:59 PM Eastern, Monday, March 19, 2012.
Submit a scholarship application.

Complete info here: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM

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Historic Buildings May Be Greener Than You Think

Historic Buildings May Be Greener Than You Think | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

New York City takes the lead in facilitating sustainable upgrading of historic buildings:


"[M]any historic buildings actually already incorporate energy-efficient design features — a legacy of having been built before the advent of cheap energy and modern mechanical systems. In those days, natural ventilation and light and the collection of water in cisterns were standard in quality construction.\


The greening process is often more about optimizing existing elements, like ensuring that cross-ventilation isn’t inadvertently blocked, than about radical retrofits. Many of the improvements suggested in the manual won’t even require a building permit or any special permission from the Landmarks Preservation Commission but could reduce energy use by 20 to 25 percent, planners say.""

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MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
MIT Mints a Valuable New Form of Academic Currency http://t.co/hwm1Aorv #SCUP...


MIT is now competing with everyone else, offering a form of credit to people who take courses using its open courseware. It's a big deal.

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'Making the City of Lowell Downtown a College Town Is My Number-One Priority,' Says City Manager

'Making the City of Lowell Downtown a College Town Is My Number-One Priority,' Says City Manager | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"By traveling to Boston College football games across the country, City Manager Kevin Murphy, a BC alum, said he has seen true college towns like Clemson, S.C., that have plenty of businesses targeted at students.


When he looks at Lowell, Murphy said he sees something very different from a college town, but he is already working with local higher-education officials and others to try to change that.


'Making the city of Lowell downtown a college town is my number-one priority,' Murphy said in a recent meeting with The Sun's editorial board. 'That is paramount.'"

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Who's going to help him plan that? [na]

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Trend— Labor market analytics informing the education and workforce conversation

Trend— Labor market analytics informing the education and workforce conversation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Research, information and detailed awareness into skill gaps and labor market demand—could be useful to know.


Sigelman adds a deep insight into the dialogue and the inextricable link between higher education and the economic well-being of New England. His firm, Burning Glass, provides detailed, real-time information about what’s happening in the labor market to educators, policymakers, students and job seekers. It generates this intelligence by collecting and “reading”—using sophisticated text-mining algorithms—tens of millions of online job postings. As a result, the firm’s data support the analysis of emerging skills and the changing job landscape.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Another addition to this great series of interviews, New Directions for Higher Education, from the New England Journal of Higher Education.

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At the New School’s New Building, a Sign Isn’t Just a Sign

At the New School’s New Building, a Sign Isn’t Just a Sign | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The “wayfinding” system of signs and staircases at the New School’s University Center, opening early next year, is designed to do more than get people from one point to another.
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“This is more about orientation than specific information,” said Mr. Marshall, who joined Mr. Baur on a tour recently. “As you move into the building, there are room numbers and specificity.”


The lettering has a three-dimensional appearance that plays on perspective to point people in the right direction. It is as though someone were shining a flashlight above the letters, and once you understand the system, you can tell which way to go from the way the letters face.


The letters differ from floor to floor, although the typefaces are all variations on a single font: Irma, designed by Peter Bil’ak. The lettering on the top floor has a deep shadow. The lettering on the ground floor has almost none.


“The idea is to give a tool for a place, a typeface for a place,” Mr. Baur said. “It’s a language which can be adopted in different contexts.”

Mr. Baur said the biggest challenge was not the staircases or the signs, but the “donor wall” in the lobby, with the names of people who had contributed money for the building.


“We never do that in Europe,” he said.


[faciities planning, wayfinding, North Atlantic, NY]

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UP CLOSE | Funding an uncertain future

UP CLOSE | Funding an uncertain future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Almost five years after the onset of the recession, Yale is still facing a projected budget deficit of $40 million. Only about $120 million remain in the University’s rainy-day funds.
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Commentary: The New School's Stairmaster

Commentary: The New School's Stairmaster | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Inside are some spectacular rooms, including a wood-paneled, 800-seat auditorium that will become a popular downtown event space. (The New School is the owner of another auditorium, one of the most beautiful in New York, in its art deco Joseph Urban building at 66-76 West 12th Street.) The most interesting feature of the new building is its stairwells. The facility, containing classrooms, a multi-level library, cafeteria, and 146 dormitory suites on its top nine floors, required multiple fire stairs. It also needed large, open stairways that students could use to get from class to class, and which could serve as gathering places (a la the stairwell in Thom Mayne’s Cooper Union building a few blocks away)."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This reviewer is critical of the design and its effects on the surroundings. 


The New School, a university that includes the Parsons School of Design, has long operated out of a motley collection of spaces in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Hoping to create a campus center, the school proposed building a 350-foot-tall tower on a site has owned since the 1960s, at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street. A tall, tapered building would have enhanced that crossroads. But facing neighborhood opposition, the school scaled back its plans, ending up with a structure that, at 16 stories and 178 feet, is so squat it looks incomplete—inadvertently suggesting that the institution lacks ambition.

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We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind

We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.
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There's a growing belief among architects and designers that all urban parking garages should be built with these "good bones," which will allow them to be re-purposed in the future. For a variety of reasons, from higher gas prices to greater densification to better transit options, city residents will continue to drive fewer cars. As a result, we'll eventually require fewer parking lots. The ability to adapt a structure rather than tear it down will save developers time, money, and material waste.


"As the auto culture wanes we're going to have a lot of demolition to do, which is unfortunate," says Tom Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. "If we're going to build these [garages] let's design them in a way that they can have alternative uses in the future. With just a few tweaks that's really possible."

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Wide Differences Found in Large Buildings’ Power Use

"The first comprehensive study of energy use by New York City’s largest buildings shows some to be power hogs, using up to five times as much electricity, natural gas, heating oil and steam as others of comparable size or purpose. And there is ample room for improvement.


Full report here, on the planNYC website.


The report ... estimates that if poor-performing buildings in the city improved their efficiency and reached just the median level of energy use in their categories, the city’s energy consumption would decline by at least 18 percent and greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 24 percent."

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Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space,

Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space:


"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Google Inc. CEO Larry Page and Cornell President David J. Skorton today announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet of its New York headquarters to CornellNYC Tech, while the university completes its campus on Roosevelt Island. The space will allow Cornell to build its presence in New York in close proximity to the tech companies and entrepreneurs with whom it will collaborate. This arrangement represents Google, Cornell, Technion and the City of New York’s commitment to educating and developing engineering and tech talent in New York City. Google will initially provide Cornell with 22,000 square feet of office space on July 1, 2012, free of charge for 5 years and 6 months or until the completion of Cornell’s campus on Roosevelt Island—whichever occurs first. Additionally, Cornell will be able to expand to 58,000 square feet over five years as it builds its presence in New York City."

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New York U.-Led Consortium Wins City Backing for Research Institute - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

New York U.-Led Consortium Wins City Backing for Research Institute - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Yet another one:


"NYU and the consortium had bid for at least some of the $100-million the city offered but sought a different site, the 460,000-square-foot former headquarters of the New York City Transit Authority, at 370 Jay Street in Brooklyn. But as it did with the Roosevelt Island site—to the chagrin of Stanford University, which abruptly walked away from its bid, complaining that the city was being unfair—New York City exacted a price for the use of its property.


NYU will be responsible for up to $60-million of the costs of relocating police- and transit-authority equipment now housed in the building. NYU will also be expected to complete the renovation by the summer of 2017 and hold the first classes there by September of that year. The city said NYU would receive $15-million worth of unspecified 'benefits'to help offset its development costs in Brooklyn."

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Should Yale College Faculty Approval be Needed to Build a New Campus in Singapore?

Even if that campus will not be granting Yale College degrees. From the Dean of Faculty: "It is true that the Yale College faculty have never recorded an official vote on the project. Technically that's appropriate since Yale-NUS will not be giving Yale College degrees."


From the Yale College Faculty (YCF) "Yale held a series of “town meetings” prior to finalizing the agreement to create Yale-NUS -- an undergraduate, residential liberal arts college -- and dozens of individual faculty members have served on planning committees. But there has never been a formal Yale College faculty vote on the matter. "The Yale College Faculty is not a 'town,' " said Miller. "We are the constituted body of the professors of arts and sciences at Yale; Yale's reputation comes from us -- not from the corporation" ("the corporation" being the name for Yale’s governing board).


“When Yale went co-ed, the YCF [Yale College Faculty] voted. When, last year, there was a decision about bringing ROTC back, the YCF voted. But when there was a question about setting up the first sister campus bearing Yale's name in 300 years, suddenly it was 'not a project of Yale College,' and we were not allowed to vote; the corporation acted on its own," Miller said.

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Once Dismal, U. of Vermont Building Is Now a Sustainability Showcase - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Once Dismal, U. of Vermont Building Is Now a Sustainability Showcase - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

By Scott Carlson in The Chronicle: "Renovated for much less than what new construction would have cost, the Aiken Center is 65 percent more energy efficient today and houses the U. of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources."

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Where Academic Rigor Is de Rigueur - and Means More to Students Than Amenities

"Meanwhile, the survey found that campus life - the category that includes housing, dining, and that resort-style gym - accounted for just 7 percent of the choice."


Academic rigor is more important to students than cushy dorms and recreational facilities? Well, for a select group of Boston University students it is.


"There is an assumption, including among more than a few incredulous parents, that high school seniors often choose their colleges based less on academic offerings than on softer factors like campus amenities (think climbing walls and walk-in, dorm-room closets), the ratio of men to women in the class and even the institution’s tolerance for keg parties.


But, according to a study conducted by Boston University and reported in The Boston Globe, those parents (and other observers) would be wrong in that presumption."


"Meanwhile, the survey found that campus life - the category that includes housing, dining, and that resort-style gym - accounted for just 7 percent of the choice."

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