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Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out

Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two-storey addition on top of Thompson Rivers University building gives B.C. law school sweeping style and space
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Using some additional examples, this also explores the growth in "vertical campuses," in Canada.

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Great (Un-funded) Expectations: Integration, Innovation and Collaboration for Quality, Sustainable Higher Education

Great (Un-funded) Expectations: Integration, Innovation and Collaboration for Quality, Sustainable Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


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Join us in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for the 2014 North Central Regional Conference! This conference will focus on innovative approaches to challenging planning contexts.


We will showcase ways institutions and organizations are managing in an environment of increasing compliance requirements, regulation, accountability, and ever-shrinking funding levels. By taking an integrated planning approach, they will also show you how to leverage synergies across the campus to operate effectively and efficiently while they support the core mission of higher education.


As a higher education leader, you are constantly faced with evolving—and in some cases revolutionizing—financial, academic, physical, and infrastructure practices to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. The challenges have prompted new approaches and innovative solutions that defy traditional planning models. These new advances are re-shaping everything from partnerships, to new models of delivery, and sustainability. Let’s explore and examine new approaches to planning together, and learn from the experiences of other thought leaders in higher education.

The SCUP North Central Conference Planning Committee invites policy makers, higher ed leaders, and organizations to engage in an imperative dialogue and look at ways to position our institutions for a successful, sustainable future. 

Join us in Canada!

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


The jury said, “ . . . great that they did not take down the towers . . . connector is a nice contrast . . .interiors are appealing . . . great use of color.”


The new policy to house all freshmen and sophomores on campus at Ohio State University (OSU) created a need to increase housing capacity. Three areas were identified to create density, foster a more dynamic student experience, and sustainably leverage existing infrastructure. Additions of bed capacity, program, utility/sustainability regeneration, and improvements to the district civic space for recreation use and passive open space were planned.


One area was the South High-Rise District. By inserting connectors between two existing eleven-story residential towers, new entry lobbies, student social and study spaces, additional beds, and newly-defined courtyards were added. Anchoring the additions
to the existing infrastructure of bathrooms, stairs, and elevators, the project  delivered beds at a reduced cost (an average of $50,000/ bed).


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The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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Turning Education Upside Down

Turning Education Upside Down | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
“Flipped schools,” where students watch video lessons at home and do “homework” in class, are showing early promise in improving learning.
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At Clintondale Higher School, north of Detroit, the entire curriculum was "flipped" three years ago; and they like the results:


This is the second and far more important shift that comes with flipped classrooms: it frees up class time for hands-on work. Students learn by doing and asking questions — school shouldn’t be a spectator sport. ”A lot of people think it just has to do with technology,” said Kim Spriggs, who teaches business and marketing. “It’s actually more time for kids to do higher-order thinking and hands-on projects. Instead of presenting the information in class and having students work on projects at home, where they don’t necessarily have support, here in class, one-on-one or in small groups, I can help them immediately.” Students can also help each other, a process that benefits both the advanced and less advanced learners.


Flipping also changes the distribution of teacher time. In a traditional class, the teacher engages with the students who ask questions — but it’s those who don’t ask who tend to need the most attention. “We refer to ‘silent failers,’ ” said Spriggs. “Now it’s a lot harder for students to hide. The teacher can see pretty much where every student’s understanding is and how to help them. It’s a huge difference for students who didn’t seek out extra help and attention — who just sit back and keep silent.”


Clintondale’s experience indicates that the biggest effect of flipping classrooms is on the students at the bottom. “It’s tough to fail a flipped class, because you’re doing the stuff in here,” said Rob Dameron, the head of the English department. “I used to have about a 30 percent failure rate in English – these kids come in a lot at third-grade, fourth-grade reading levels. Now, out of 130 kids, I have three who are failing — mostly due to attendance problems.”

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Andrew Macrae's curator insight, October 9, 2014 6:39 PM

Tina Rosberg writes for the NYTimes about the flipped classroom and in particular the experiences at Clintondale High. Traditional style article which might help persuade you to give it a go if you are unsure.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . positive thing for a down and out city . . . sets a precedent of collaboration beyond the boards . . . commendable . . .”

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This project is at Wayne State University, in Detroit. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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As veterans' needs change so do college services

As veterans' needs change so do college services | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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The author touches on programs at San Diego Mesa College, Southwestern Illinois College, Voncennes University, Broward College, and Baltimore City Community College. Lots of energy on the ground out there.

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jonathan sanchez's curator insight, February 5, 2015 9:32 AM

As I research my capstone project I am trying to get a tenor for the state of US veterans.

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Biomedical Research Building Design Competition - Northwestern University

Biomedical Research Building Design Competition - Northwestern University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Northwestern University has selected three architectural firms as finalists in a competition to design a new Biomedical Research Building for the Feinberg School of Medicine on the University’s Chicago campus. Now we’d like to get your input on the proposed designs.

The three finalists in the design competition for the new Biomedical Research Building are:

Northwestern’s Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the winning design, with a decision expected this year.

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An important design on a controversial property.

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U-M, MSU and WSU faculty discuss collaboration on community engagement

U-M, MSU and WSU faculty discuss collaboration on community engagement | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Each year thousands of students, staff and faculty from Michigan universities conduct research, provide expertise and supply person power to partner with community organizations throughout the state.
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Anatomy of a campus construction project

Anatomy of a campus construction project | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An examination of the University of Akron's newest residence hall, and some of the planning that took place to make it happen.


"The days of bond-funded campus buildings and two-dimensional architectural drawings are drawing to a close at many public universities. The money, for now, is available through public-private partnerships, and plans are made in three dimensions, making for an easier sell to top decision makers.


Campus construction, particularly residence halls, starts with projections meant to keep a college or university years—sometimes decades—ahead of student demand. Those projections, once passed along the campus’s chain of command, tell the mathematical story: We’ll need more dorms, or we won’t.


That’s how it started at the University of Akron (UA), a 220-acre campus with 29,000 students."

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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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Nebraska project aims to revive depopulating rural areas | Inside Higher Ed

A new role for land grant institutions?


"As modern economics continue to encroach on the family farm and as jobs move to cities, people – especially young people – are fleeing rural America. The problem isn’t new and isn’t unique to this corner of southeast Nebraska. But after years of false starts and failed efforts to reverse depopulation, University of Nebraska researchers believe they’re building an infrastructure that will help revitalize rural parts of their state that, in many cases, have been shedding residents for half a century or more.


The project makes sense in both the abstract and the concrete. As a land-grant university, the university’s flagship campus in Lincoln is charged with working in rural communities and training the state’s agricultural workers. Speaking more practically, fewer and fewer students are graduating from Nebraska high schools each year, making it harder for college recruiters to fill their entering classes with in-state students. State appropriations to the university are also lagging.


A booming rural Nebraska, the theory goes, could bring a replenished tax base and more in-state applicants."

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Law School Plans to Offer Web Courses for Master’s

Law School Plans to Offer Web Courses for Master’s | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Washington University School of Law will offer a master’s degree in United States law in partnership with 2tor, an education technology company.

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Despite Law, Many Illinois Campuses Lack Detailed Security Plans | University Business Magazine

Oops. We see a need for some planning in Illinois: "Three years later, only 66 of the state’s 185 institutions have filed the required plans, records show."


"In February 2008, a gunman opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University, killing five students and wounding 21.


Soon after state lawmakers tried to make sure colleges and universities were prepared to respond to such an emergency.


They passed a law requiring them to create and practice detailed plans to prevent violence and manage emergencies by January 2009."

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U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.
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"The facility, which is pursuing gold LEED certification, will include multiple microclimates to accommodate a variety of plantings, according to coverage in the Daily Iowan. Also, because portions of the roof can be seen from many of the building's offices, the green will provide a visual break for occupants.


Among the operations in the center will be six floors of research labs and a mix of wet and dry labs. Among the major areas of research will be diabetes, cardiovascular, auditory, lung biology and biomedical imaging. One level will contain the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, with several MRIs."

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Face to Face—'an irresistible social side to learning'

Face to Face—'an irresistible social side to learning' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
As I was reading this interesting piece by Stefan Popenici, MOOCs—A Tsunami of Promises,* my thoughts kept turning to the ongoing transformation in SCUP's five regional hotbeds of activity.From
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Popenici's words about the value to learning of the campus as a learning environment reflect, I think, a growing realization, Academy-wide of the value of place in learning. Learning environments—the theme of this symposium—is an area where one can trace the growth in integrated planning, design, and programming and tie it right to the information (Perry Chapman Prize, call is open now) and tools (FLEXspace) currently advancing a real-time transformation in built learning environments. Every day I communicate with SCUP members who are not just planning for, but leading that change.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At Kenyon College, art history forms the bridge between studio practice and the liberal arts curricu­lum. The integrated planning process to create a new Studio Arts Building and new Gallery & Art History Building involved Kenyon administration, faculty and students, and resulted in two distinct, but interre­lated initiatives. Bringing these facilities into the center of campus was a priority.


The building was located on a very prominent site, directly on Middle Path, in the heart of the historic core, to increase the visibility and participa­tion of the arts.


The two-story building with a basement includes a large 6,100 square-foot gallery, a smaller secondary gallery, an entry and lower level lobby for public gatherings, a 136-seat auditorium, classroom, seminar room, curatorial classroom, and a 3,400 square-foot art storage space.


The jury said, “ . . . the way it fits on campus is clear . . . confidence and clarity of materiality . . . forms are crisp . . . building is about art, history of art . . . building is like a piece of pottery or sculpture . . . it may stand the test of time . . . ”

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The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, George Brown College, Toronto

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, George Brown College, Toronto | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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This project is at George Brown College in Toronto. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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'I Always Knew I Would Come Back' to Pittsburgh

'I Always Knew I Would Come Back' to Pittsburgh | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Young Pittsburghers today are finding there's no place like home.
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What a great city for the 2014 annual gathering of college and university planners: Plan for Transformation, July 12–16.


Thanks to its relatively low crime rate, affordability, healthy economy, and vibrant restaurant and arts scenes, publications like Forbes and The Economist have labeled Pittsburgh America's "most livable city."

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Where Millennials Can Make It Now

Where Millennials Can Make It Now | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Towns Luring Back Their Townies

Prototypes:
Cleveland, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Countless trend stories have been written about young, ambitious people flocking to Detroit because it’s cheaper and in need of fresh ideas. But smaller post-industrial cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh (and its neighboring suburb, Braddock) aren’t under the same spotlight, and most of the young people taking advantage of their virtues are natives. They’ve been there along, reasoning that the economy was too precarious for them to take a risk in a bigger city where had far fewer connections. Or they’ve returned after college or a disappointing stint in a major metropolis, realizing that they need their hometown just as much as their hometown needs them. Albuquerque has been retaining some of its natives, too, especially those who initially flocked to super-pricey California and realized that their quieter, cheaper hometown was the ideal place to ride out the recession.


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SCUP–49, July 2014 is in Pittsburgh.

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Spaces for Making the Process of Learning Transparent for Faculty at Purdue University | Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Spaces for Making the Process of Learning Transparent for Faculty at Purdue University | Learning Spaces Collaboratory | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

4:00 p.m. EST
(Webinar will last about 1 hour)

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The LSC's forthcoming document is a tremendous tool for everytone involved in learning space design.

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SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day

SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The conference will include presentations, tours, and a panel discussion. Representatives from the administration, staff, facilities department, student body, and design and construction team will discuss the overall vision for the campus and how key elements were implemented and evaluated. Tours will highlight the sustainable features throughout the campus. The panelists will discuss successes and lessons learned from various projects’ efforts to integrate both the building goals and many sustainability goals during the design and construction process on campus.

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Early bird registration savings end on March 14!

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Removing Barriers to Integrated Planning | SCUP's North Central Region's 2012 Conference

Removing Barriers to Integrated Planning | SCUP's North Central Region's 2012 Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Registration is open for "Crossing Boundaries—Making Connections: Removing Barriers to Integrated Planning," SCUP's North Central Region's 2012 annual conference, to be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 7–10. More here.


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Higher Ed Rocks Confab: Engaging Content at Indiana University

Higher Ed Rocks Confab: Engaging Content at Indiana University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

On the first day of Confab, Indiana University’s Erika Knudson and Rebecca Salerno discussed their work creating a content strategy for the Indiana University Alumni Association geared around spurring engagement and building lasting relationships.

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings with BauerLatoza Studio; also James Carpenter Design Associates; Schuler Shook; Matrix Engineering Corporation


Midway Crossings would make a nice, informal inside-Chicago trip at SCUP–47, July 7–11.

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Ball State University to build new hotel, dormitory

Ball State University to build new hotel, dormitory | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
MUNCIE -- Ball State University plans to build a four-story building housing a $25 million hotel, dormitory, conference rooms and two restaurants at University and McKinley avenues.
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