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Penn State Scandal Worries Football Season Merchants

Penn State Scandal Worries Football Season Merchants | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Businesses near the Penn State campus fear the child molestation scandal and the resulting sanctions that will weaken the football program for years could spell economic trouble for years.

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Regis College wins ruling from Supreme Judicial Court in fight over retirement community - The Boston Globe

The city did not want to recognize an educational exemption for the college's planned retirement community. However:


"The college says its Regis East project would be an educational facility, where the residents, 55 and older, would be required to take at least two courses per semester. The housing would also create internships for Regis students in gerontology and social work."


The college just won.

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Dubai of the West: Sprawling Mesa, Ariz., Aims to Become a College Town

Dubai of the West: Sprawling Mesa, Ariz., Aims to Become a College Town | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"For that, Scott Smith, the mayor, and other officials here are turning to higher education, although not to the offerings that Arizona is known for—the for-profit University of Phoenix or big public institutions like Arizona State University. Instead, the mayor and his economic-development team want the kinds of smaller colleges that give definition to cities in the Midwest and the East, like Boston, Chicago, or Philadelphia. And Mesa officials are going to those regions to try to attract their institutions here."

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UCLA's plan to sell Japanese garden draws criticism

UCLA's plan to sell Japanese garden draws criticism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
For nearly half a century, the UCLA Hannah Carter Japanese Garden in Bel-Air has served as a serene stopover for visitors from locations as varied as Newhall, Nashville and the Netherlands.


"The university says it needs money for endowments and professorships, but gardening groups oppose sale of the Bel-Air property."

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So Much Fun. So Irrelevant.

So Much Fun. So Irrelevant. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic business community and the fastest broadband connections on earth. These will be the job factories of the future. The countries that thrive will be those that build more of these towns that make possible “high-performance knowledge exchange and generation,” explains Blair Levin, who runs the Aspen Institute’s Gig.U project, a consortium of 37 university communities working to promote private investment in next-generation ecosystems.


Historians have noted that economic clusters always required access to abundant strategic inputs for success, says Levin. In the 1800s, it was access to abundant flowing water and raw materials. In the 1900s, it was access to abundant electricity and transportation. In the 2000s, he said, “it will be access to abundant bandwidth and abundant human intellectual capital,” — places like Silicon Valley, Austin, Boulder, Cambridge and Ann Arbor."

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Untapped Revenues? Planners from McGill U Promote Development Charges in Montreal

"Montreal is one of the very few remaining urban areas in North America where the development charge is not systematically applied. Instead, we negotiate infrastructure provisions with developers on a case-by-case basis. This is a time-consuming and expensive process for both municipalities and developers. In most cases, the city does not actually charge developers up front for their fair share of new infrastructure, but simply relies on future tax revenues from the development to cover these costs. Developers, municipalities and even new-home owners would benefit from a new approach whereby all developments are assessed a charge in a predictable and systematic way."

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Book launches megapolitan concept as planning tool

Book launches megapolitan concept as planning tool | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A new book from the APA is a push to understand that development needs to be interdependent and more region than in the past. The title link is to a Planetizen story, the book can be found on Amazon here.


"Initially, 'we did think that maybe San Francisco to Reno was a bit of a stretch,' conceded Arthur C. Nelson, who with Robert E. Lang is the author of Megapolitan America: A New Vision for Understanding America's Metropolitan Geography.But by 2040, the reach of economic networks will extend from San Francisco and Sacramento to Reno, and vice versa.


The book, published by the American Planning Association, is an effort to get Americans thinking beyond traditional regional boundaries. It crunches demographic information and census data to determine that 200 million Americans live within one of 23 megapolitan areas - clusters of cities and suburbs linked by commute and commercial patterns that extend no more than roughly 200 miles. The clusters also must show signs that they will grow increasingly interdependent in the future.


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A University Transforming a Region & Demographic | Juliet V. Garcia and Angela K. McCauley | Change Magazine

A University Transforming a Region & Demographic | Juliet V. Garcia and Angela K. McCauley | Change Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

U Texas at Brownsville president Juliet V. Garcia was a plenary speaker at SCUP-30 in 1995. In this excellent piece from Change magazine she describes her 20 years at this campus and the regional challenges and successes she has experienced. Planners will enjoy the two-decade and long-term perspective here. 


"When I became a new college president many years ago, I interviewed presidents of highly successful colleges. I wanted to find out what the most important job of a college president was. Like a good student, I made a list of the questions I wanted to ask and took copious notes.


'Preserving the democracy of the United States' was the answer from Miami Dade College President Robert McCabe. 'My job is to take in the next wave of immigrants. Sometimes it's Haitians, other times it's Cubans, and sometimes its native Floridians who never had access to college. I help them get educated and vested in the democratic system. If I do this well, they will nurture, defend, and sustain our democracy. Therefore, my job is to preserve the democracy of the United States.'


I closed my notebook and came home. I adopted the same mission. More than 20 years later, this fundamental purpose has not wavered. Providing access and helping students achieve success in higher education goes beyond the benefit to any single graduate or family. It is the most important work that any of us could do to sustain our democracy."

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From Engagement to Ecotone: Land-Grant Universities in the 21st Century | Change Magazine

From Engagement to Ecotone: Land-Grant Universities in the 21st Century | Change Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If you missedthis article last year, you should read it now. It's by John Seely Brown, Ann Pendleton-Jullian and Richard Adler - who visited North Carolina State University (NCSU) as part of their study about the future and relevance of land grant institutions. It explores the university as a regional connection center, esp. focusing on bringing major corporations onto campus.


"A useful way to understand what we see emerging at NC State is the analogy of an “ecotone.” An ecotone is a habitat, such as an estuarine intertidal zone, where two distinct ecosystems meet. Ecotones are typologically unique ecosystems that connect these two distinctly different plant and animal communities and the physical characteristics that support those communities. As such, they contain an abundance of diverse conditions, diverse species, and a complex set of exchange dynamics.


Ecotones are more than just zones of transition or the blending of two habitats and their characteristics, but are actually a third thing. They are areas of disturbance, catalyzed by the differences in the two ecosystems (the word's etymology derives from a combination of two Greek words: eco[logy] and tone, from tonos or tension; they are ecologies in tension). They are often zones of conflict as well. As a result, they are places where evolution is accelerated, and their inhabitants rapidly develop characteristics that are distinctly different from those of the adjacent communities' residents.


The environment that is emerging at NC State can be looked at through this lens of the ecotone analogy. This emerging learningscape is an ecotone between learning and research. The university is not just committed to providing students with a better or more efficient education or industry with a source of talent and start-ups but is instead creating a dynamic new space for learning and innovation."

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Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R. Kenney, Rica...

Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R. Kenney, Rica... | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community through Campus Design (American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.) (9780275981235): Daniel R.
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Metropolitan State College of Denver's New Student Success Building

Metropolitan State College of Denver's New Student Success Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The link leads to a slide show.

  • The four-story, 145,000 square-feet Student Success Building opens in 2012. 
  • The building will increase classroom and administration space by 25 percent, an initiative of President Stephen Jordan to improve the classroom environment for faculty.
  • Student funder.
  • One-stop services.
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Stanford and Cornell Offer Novel Environmental Plans for N.Y.C. Campus

Stanford and Cornell Offer Novel Environmental Plans for N.Y.C. Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Top-notch campus planning in the public eye:

 

"As the Oct. 28 deadline for proposals was approaching, several of the top contenders discussed their environmental plans as part of a public relations war intended to impress city officials who will decide which institution wins up to $400 million in land and infrastructure improvements.

 

Stanford and Cornell, vying for the same city-owned site on what some involved in the process have begun to call Silicon Island, are widely seen as the universities to beat.

Their plans are far grander — two million square feet of space to be built over a generation with price tags of over $1 billion — and they have proposed more ambitious plans to incorporate innovative environmental measures."

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N.Y.U. Expansion Plan Wins Final City Council Approval

N.Y.U. Expansion Plan Wins Final City Council Approval | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A vigorous town and gown discussion went before this:


"By an overwhelming 44-to-1 vote, the Council approved a series of zoning amendments, permits and map changes that will allow the university to erect four buildings that together will add a skyscraper’s worth of classrooms, dorm rooms and office space to a leafy 12-block parcel occupied by two university apartment complexes — Washington Square Village and Silver Towers — south of Washington Square Park."

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The ITGA Certificate Program in Town-Gown Relations | Starts April 19, 6-Week On Line Program

The ITGA Certificate Program in Town-Gown Relations | Starts April 19, 6-Week On Line Program | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The International Town and Gown Association (ITGA) brings its industry experience in the world of town-gown relations to a new, comprehensive, online six-week certification program. Designed for busy university professionals, community leaders, city officials and their staff members, and students, this program uses real-world experiences to inform practical solutions. The modules are led by experts who have specialized for decades in addressing the social, cultural, physical, and economic situations unique to communities that are also home to college and university campuses."

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What's Behind The Rise Of College Tuition? : NPR

Once a relatively affordable option for many families, the cost of attending public colleges and universities is getting out of reach.


A very nice piece, covering reduction in state funding and municipal tax issues.

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The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities | The Atlantic | Richard Florida

The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities | The Atlantic | Richard Florida | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are few better drivers of economic competitiveness (The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities http://t.co/wBYesSOb #SCUP: Richard Florida, The Atlantic...)...


"The United States is home to more than a third of the world's top 400 research universities. But how exactly do universities factor into the wealth, innovation, and economic competitiveness of their host nations?


To get at this, my colleague Charlotta Mellander and I looked into the statistical associations between a nation’s concentration of leading universities and broader measures of economic competitiveness, innovation, human capital and social well-being. We based our analysis on a statistical technique that enables us to control for the effects of population size. While correlation is not causation (none of these findings prove that anything more than an association exists) the results are nonetheless striking. In fact, they number among the very strongest I have ever seen in this type of analysis.


The concentration of great universities in a nation is extraordinarily closely related to its economic competitiveness. It is closely associated with economic output per capita (.74), total factor productivity (.77) and overall competitiveness (.71) based on the Global Competitiveness Index developed by Harvard’s Michael Porter."

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Providence Makes Itself a Home for Knowledge

Providence Makes Itself a Home for Knowledge | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A so-called Knowledge District, home to Brown University’s new medical school, is drawing businesses and institutions to Providence, R.I.


A success story in the making has attracted the attention of The New York Times. It's a good article

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Amazon.com: The Economics of Place: The Value of Building Communities Around People (9780615475554): Multiple Authors, Colleen Layton, Tawny Pruitt, Kim Cekola: Books

"The Economics of Place is an important read, as communities large and small across the country struggle to maintian fiscal stability and reinvent themselves for the 21st century. Creating a "sense of place" is at the core of this change and the authors readily illustrate that vibrant places will attract talent and bring economic growth." --Don Borut, Executive Director, National League of Cities

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Amazon.com: A Tale of Three Campuses eBook: Robert Sabbatini, Karen Fiene: Kindle Store

Amazon.com: A Tale of Three Campuses eBook: Robert Sabbatini, Karen Fiene: Kindle Store | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A powerful look at decades of campus placemaking and design at Mills College, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Current students, alum, faculty, staff, and townies alike will enjoy this big picture look at three beautiful campuses. Lots of images included.


SCUP members inquire: terry.calhoun@scup.org.

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Grants to create jobs, improve housing, transportation, and economy in urban & rural areas | HUD

Grants to create jobs, improve housing, transportation, and economy in urban & rural areas | HUD | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

HUD has announced the communities which are getting Sustainable Communities Awards totalling nearly $100M.

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Oberlin, Ohio: Laboratory for a New Way of Life

Oberlin, Ohio: Laboratory for a New Way of Life | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Not just the campus as a living/learning laboratory, but the city and the region. As the subtitle puts it: "An environmental-studies professor tries to reinvent his town for a future of scarcity."


Of course, writer Scott Carlson of The Chronicle of Higher Education is writing about frequent SCUP contributor David Orr and Oberlin, Ohio.

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Wind Money Fuels Spending and Benefits in Small Schools

Wind Money Fuels Spending and Benefits in Small Schools | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Some small West Texas school districts are awash in money from agreements with wind farm companies.


How windy is your campus?

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A Collegiate Stadium, 'Mean Green' and Platinum - Buildings & Grounds - U North Texas

A Collegiate Stadium, 'Mean Green' and Platinum - Buildings & Grounds - U North Texas | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Not insignificant: We're talking LEED Platinum here. "There’s more: This December, the university will put up three wind turbines on site, making it the first college stadium to incorporate wind energy. All of this will lighten the stadium’s carbon emissions — a good thing for the University of North Texas, which signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment."

 

Way to go, UNT!

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