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A Professor in the President's Chair: Pushing for a 'Friendly Revolution'

A Professor in the President's Chair: Pushing for a 'Friendly Revolution' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There are only two branches to this job: No. 1, make sure students are getting the most profound, life-changing, life-enhancing educational experience they can, and, No. 2, make sure that 100 years from now, whoever’s sitting in this chair will have the resources so he or she can do the exact same thing. That’s all. Everything else is noise."

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"When I took out a yellow legal pad and wrote everything down, including things like deferred maintenance and infrastructure for technology that hadn’t been included, the structural debt ballooned to a little over $6-million. That’s when I realized, Wow, I’m in this thing. We’ve chiseled away at that debt, but I hadn’t expected to spend that much time and effort on such issues."

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Inquiry + Imagination + Innovation = I3 | SCUP Call for Proposals Ends June 3

Inquiry + Imagination + Innovation = I3 | SCUP Call for Proposals Ends June 3 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Higher education today is at the point where what has worked in the past is no longer viable. An integrated approach to planning that addresses the academic, physical, financial, and operational and allows us to imagine new ways of addressing the challenges confronting universities and colleges is needed. "Imagination is the essential requisite to innovation...." and innovation is what is needed to address the complex challenges of planning for the future in higher education."

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Accepting proposals for concurrent sessions, rapid fire sessions, and workshops only until June 3. Don't miss your chance to be part of this premier planning event this October 20–22 in Orlando.

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A Tale of Two Signs—at Rice U and U of Houston—Art Animates the Campus

A Tale of Two Signs—at Rice U and U of Houston—Art Animates the Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A review of the renovated Blaffer Art Museum and James Turrell's latest skyspace,
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A review by Alexandra Lange looks at the two campus projects, each of which features internal and external art space that engages with its surroundings.

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Secret merger, now public, meets opposition in Georgia

Secret merger, now public, meets opposition in Georgia | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The presidents of Kennesaw and Southern Poly, for instance, both said they did not know about the merger until a week and a half before the public announcement. Nor do they know who Chancellor Hank Huckaby and regents met with ahead of announcing the fait accompli. The news release from the system office said, “Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic Will Consolidate” even though the board has yet to vote."

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4-year degree at 2-year prices urged

4-year degree at 2-year prices urged | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Community college students could complete their four-year university degree at two-year college prices under a recommendation approved Tuesday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. ...


The proposal was included in systemwide operating budget recommendations for the 2014-16 biennium that total about $381.4 million in new spending from the state’s general fund.

In its capital outlay budget, SCHEV is recommending more than $98.1 million for maintaining facilities rather than building new ones.


While there “may be isolated projects that really need to go forward, which we understand,” the first priority should be maintenance, SCHEV Director Peter Blake said.

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

Note the emphasis on deferred maintenance.

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Maree Conway's curator insight, November 1, 2013 1:42 AM

The shape of university programs is shifting...slowly, but shifting.

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Projects for Student Affairs That Pay for Themselves | SCUP 2012 Southern One-Day Symposium May 16

Projects for Student Affairs That Pay for Themselves | SCUP 2012 Southern One-Day Symposium May 16 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This image of the opening session is shared by SCUP board member Ken Higa.

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Steven Holl Architects Unveils VCU Institute for Cotemporary Art at Meulensteen Gallery

Steven Holl Architects Unveils VCU Institute for Cotemporary Art at Meulensteen Gallery | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Steven Holl Architects have just unveiled Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art.
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Florida Tech Has New Scholarship Programs For Valencia Grads

In add-on to that program, Florida Tech has set up a second grant module that will enable Valencia College President Sandy Shugart to endowment 10 Valencia former students with scholarships that are valued at $15000 a ...


Valencia College president Sanford Shugart is Sunday's plenary speaker at SCUP–47. Register now!

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Virginia program promotes shorter-term collaboration | Inside Higher Ed

UVA's OpenGrounds must have had an interesting planning process:


"Hoping to encourage more interdepartment work without creating a flurry of new centers, Virginia is launching OpenGrounds. The network provides resources for both short- and long-term academic partnerships while giving Virginia the versatility to focus on the best research. A quick search of Virginia's directory reveals about 90 centers that appear to have some research orientation. Those numbers certainly aren't unique to Virginia, but the hope is that OpenGrounds will foster other kinds of collaborations.


“It remains nimble rather than what often happens where things develop an infrastructure and are there forever whether they’re needed or not,” said William Sherman, the director of OpenGrounds and Virginia’s associate vice president for research.
After 18 months of planning, OpenGrounds will begin in earnest next week when it opens on-campus space for collaborators to meet. Researchers will maintain their office and labs in their home departments, but can use the OpenGrounds office for discussion or planning."

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Balancing Cost-Savings and Outcomes | Campus Consolidation in Georgia

James T. Minor, of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) expresses concerns about the big plans in the Georgia system. (A related recent SCUP post about research on European campus consolidation is here.)


"Finally, there is very little experience in the four-year sector of higher education with modern-day consolidations. Strong positive correlations between this kind of consolidation and educational outcomes do not exist. In fact, the potential for negative outcomes must be considered. In other words, it is possible to achieve cost savings at the expense of institutional effectiveness, the student experience or their chances of earning a degree in some cases. Creating economies of scale with a population of students who typically require more support to complete college does not necessarily equal better outcomes. Understanding the educational trade-offs on the front-end is important rather than experiencing them haphazardly.


The process of transforming eight public institutions into four will offer an interesting experiment to be observed by the higher education community. If students represent the subjects, I hope the outcomes and profit margins are worthwhile."

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Katie Keig's curator insight, October 16, 2014 3:59 PM

The fact that there is not much research done on the correlation of merging schools and decreased financial strains concerns me as a student of University of North Georgia. From what I understood of the merger that occured two years ago, Gainesville State College was one of the few Georgia schools  not in debt and actually do quite well despite the recession and North Georgia College and State University was very much in debt. The merger was to equal out and help both schools, NGCSU in the short run and GSC in the long run because it was making it a bigger school. However, bigger isn't always better and I did not ask for this merger and am upset at the higher tuition at Gainesville due to the merger. I and several other people considered going to the new Georgia Gwinnett College because it is cheaper. The research should not just be done on numbers but how students feel because that's where the money is coming from. Student opinion was not considered at all when the announcement of the merger appeared in 2012 and now all I've seen as a Communication student is tuition increase and now we have a bachelors for Communication which we would have had at Gainesville State College anyway. 

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The mission for black colleges and universities continues

The mission for black colleges and universities continues | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A very nice local piece which travels well across the country:


"What do HBCUs do well? Kimbrough said because those campuses enroll a disproportionate number of low-income students, they are able to cater to them in a way traditional schools cannot, including additional programs such as federally funded TRIO programs and extra attention from faculty and staff where it's needed.


'That's the real heavy lifting in higher education. When you look at the country as a whole, it's becoming more diverse and there are more people of color. We still have this growing gap based on income,' he said.


'We've become the model on how to take students from meager backgrounds and prepare them to be fully functioning citizens and productive citizens.''

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Issues Facing HBCU's: Results of a #SCUP Focused Discussion and Survey

Download and share this new SCUP report with colleagues. Here are links to the three file types the report is now live and available in.


PDF; (everything) | EPUB  (Apple, some Android) | MOBI (Kindle)


At SCUP’s Southern Region’s 2011 conference last fall in San Antonio, a group of leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities met and served as a focus group. The conversations of the group were guided by SCUP staffer Phyllis Grummon, and based on a survey that had previously been completed by additional HBCU leaders. SCUP is publishing that document today and suggests that you feel free to share it with others. From the report:


"Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) face a set of issues similar to other higher education institutions in the US. The majority of campuses must address persistent shortfalls in funding that delay needed capital expenditures and hinder the accomplishment of their missions. HBCUs are no different. They face another challenge that is common among them, how to establish and maintain their primary identity as institutions focused on the educational attainment of African-Americans when many campuses are competing for those same students. HBCUs’ secondary identities, ones that fit within the general typology of US institutions, must now be brought to the fore. For example, it would seem that small, private, liberal arts colleges that are also HBCUs, now look to emphasize the benefits of their size, as much as their student enrollment."


Many thanks to SCUP Southern Region's Ken Higa of Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture, currently chair of SCUP's Membership Committee, for being the driving force behind this research.

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NCAT: 2010 Redesign Colloquium

This National Center for Academic Transformation event was December 9, 2011 at the University of South Florida. Attendance was only open to members of the Redesign Alliance, but the alliance has shared its agenda a links to presenters' slide sets.

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Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18

Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Recovering from recent economic challenges, three major institutions in the southern region of Florida are creating and implementing dynamic plans for the future that will be the catalyst to both expanded growth on the campuses and increased quality as they strive to meet the growing expectations of students and the changing face of higher education. The University of Miami is expanding, replacing, and renovating all of its existing housing stock through a carefully sequenced nine-year plan. The University of South Florida in Tampa is anticipating the use of a public-private partnership structure for a large scale mixed-use development including more than 2,000 student housing beds.  Florida International University is among the top 10 in national enrollment and number 1 nationally in graduating Hispanic students and has recently opened new student housing on that campus. 


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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, Tulane University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, Tulane University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Tulane University was dealt a major blow by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused more than $650 million damage to its downtown and uptown campuses. Just days before, equipment was positioned to drive piles for what is now known as Weatherhead Hall. The project went on hold while Tulane repaired damage and created a renewal plan. The university clarified its vision and accelerated plans for undergraduate living and learning.


Weatherhead functions as part of a main campus entry, and builds upon New Orleans vernacular that stems from a strong program model and massing.


The jury said “ . . . it is all about community and gathering space . . . successful . . . friendly . . . under­stated clean plan, good neighbor, and good design elements . . .if every residence did this, it would be great . . . ”

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This faculty residence project is at Tulane University. 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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Florida Higher Education Spectator

Florida Higher Education Spectator | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A FREE daily email (M-F) containing news and information about FL Higher Ed. #FLHE
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SCUPers in the Southern Region may appreciate this blog.

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Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24

Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Registration is open for "Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence," SCUP's Southern Region's 2012 annual conference, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 21–24. More here. 


  • August 17 - Scholarship deadline.
  • Take Step I October 21st (It is being held in conjunction with this event. Scholarships are available.)
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At UNT-Dallas, Consultants Propose a Reinvention - Administration - The Chronicle of Higher Education

And faculty are wary:


"Bain projects that the model would allow UNT-Dallas to offer an education for less than $6,000 a year well into the future­—a bit less than the $6,600 students pay now. (For students who qualify for Pell Grants, the out-of-pocket expense would be about $2,000 a year.) Bain says that by adopting the new model and increasing enrollment, the university could operate by 2022 at a cost of $30,000 per graduate. Without a change in course, Bain says, that cost would be about $100,000 per graduate."

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Georgia Tech Builds Carbon-Neutral Lab to Study Carbon Neutrality | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

Georgia Tech Builds Carbon-Neutral Lab to Study Carbon Neutrality | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Georgia Tech Builds Carbon-Neutral Lab to Study Carbon Neutrality http://t.co/vcVpRaJ5 #SCUP: Integrated planning.
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Is This the Answer to the Student Debt Crisis? FixUC's 5% Solution - DailyFinance

Is This the Answer to the Student Debt Crisis? FixUC's 5% Solution - DailyFinance | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
College tuition just keeps rising, and student loan debt is at an all-time high, leading to hefty loan payments that can overwhelm earners early in their careers.


What if students were indebted for 5% of the annual income for the 20 years after graduation?

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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed College Campus Named National Historic Landmark

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed College Campus Named National Historic Landmark | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

More about campus heritage at http://www.campusheritage.org.


Speaking at a town hall lecture in 1957, Frank Lloyd Wright claimed that there was only one American university “that has an American campus and that is Florida Southern College.” [emphasis mine] Its synthesis of architecture and planning, he continued, represented “new thought, our thought, our belief in humanity,” if not only for the sole reason that he had authored them. It’s safe to say that Wright’s work at FSC did not spark the cultural renaissance he had hoped, yet the work has proved lasting and resilient. The university announced earlier this week that Wright’s 12 buildings on the campus has been designated National Historic Landmark status by the National Park Service. 


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The Daily Tar Heel :: Black universities struggle with retention

The Daily Tar Heel :: Black universities struggle with retention | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Historically black colleges across the country have pointed to student retention as the biggest problem facing institutions today.

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A very nice article interviewing SCUP's director of planning and Education Phyllis Grummon, as well as administrators from Winston-Salem State University and Elizabeth City State University.

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andrew mulinge's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:56 PM

HIstorically black college and universities have provided the means of education for many afirican americna sin the past and in the present as well. One of the main issues that is decreasing retention is the lack of financial support for most students. At prestigious institutions across the world, the alumni is a valuable asset to the success of the students. My concern is where are the alumni from these schools? Given the names of significant alumni at for example Howard, why is it that they are near backrupt? Where is the support? How can we garnish more support for alumni so HBCUs don't become extinct in the next decade?

 

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UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space

UAB seeks new ideas through collaboration of students, teachers, public at The Edge of Chaos space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Alabama’s School of Public Health is into innovative naming, the advisory board for this renovation project of the fourth floor of Lister Hill Library is called The Naked Catfish. Speaking of the dean of the School of Public Health, Hannah Wollfson at The Birmingham News writes:


"Where there are bare floors and loose wires, he envisions a room full of brilliant minds -- UAB faculty and students, business and civic leaders and members of the public -- sharing ideas and coming up with solutions to local and global problems. ... 'For me, having the opportunity for people to get together to talk, to share ideas, to kind of stand around the water fountain, is really important,' ... [he] came up with the project after faculty members complained that they expended so much energy finding and fulfilling national grants they barely had time left simply to think.” ... 'We're busy working 60 to 80 hours a week; we're on a treadmill,' Michael said. 'If we're going to take advantage of this amazing intellectual capacity, you're going to need a space." ... The name was drawn from the book Where Good Ideas Come From, in which author Steven Johnson writes that innovation emerges in the space between order and randomness, which he called "the edge of chaos."

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Chapter 4: Community College Budgeting and Financial Planning Issues: A Case Study

Chapter 4: Community College Budgeting and Financial Planning Issues: A Case Study | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Written by Jennifer Krieger, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, this is a case study which explicates how the Kentucky Community and Technical College System approaches budgeting.


It's one of 14 chapters in the book, Integrated Resource and Budget Planning. SCUP members can download the book for any electronic reading device as a benefit of membership. Nonmembers can purchase the book for only $10 here, or in the Apple and Amazon stores.

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