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Preservation Green Lab Releases New Report on the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

Preservation Green Lab Releases New Report on the Environmental Value of Building Reuse | SCUP Links |

Why not upgrade that existing building, instead?

"The Greenest Building analysis finds that it can take 10 to 80 years for a new energy efficient building to compensate, through efficient operations, for the climate change impacts created by its construction. The study finds that the majority of building types in different climates will take between 20-30 years to overcome the initial carbon impacts from construction."

Download that PDF here.

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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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Neuroscience of Learning

Neuroscience of Learning | SCUP Links |

Don't you agree that these folks should be connected up with those of us exploring the relationship of space to learning?


For many years now, neuroscience has had a distant relationship to education. Many have discussed with excitement but no substance the promise of direct neuroscience-education links. However, perhaps cognitive neuroscience and cognitive science of education have progressed far enough that meaningful links are now possible. We explore new methods of conducting training interventions that are directly informed by the cognitive neuroscience of learning as well as training methods that use realtime neuroscience data to guide instruction.

Recent Results

  • There are huge individual differences in the extent to which people engage in self-explanation during learning despite being given explicit instructions and detailed training on how to do so. Failing to self-explain at a given moment appears to be strongly associated with zoning out.
  • Pupil size appears to be clearly associated with using better learning strategies and amount of learning.
  • From fMRI studies, level of effort appears to be well tracked by executive control areas of the brain, whereas more meaning based strategies separte from less meaning-based but also effortful strategy through levels of activation in semantic areas."
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Mixed Grades: A Survey of Provosts | Inside Higher Ed

The 2011–12 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College & University Chief Academic Officers by Kenneth C. Greene, with Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman. The title link goes to a report on Inside Higher Ed's website; here is a link to download the full document (PDF).

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WCET Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Project Delivers Millions of Course Records for Review and Analysis

"Landmark multi-institutional federated online learning database results in over 640,000 student and 3,000,000 federated course-level records from six unique institutions."

This is worth paying attention to. What an interesting set of collaborators:

"The WCET member institutions engaged in the PAR Framework project include American Public University System (, Colorado Community College System (, Rio Salado College (, University of Hawaii System (, University of Illinois Springfield ( and the University of Phoenix ( Each institution obtained IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval. All data was anonymized and encrypted to ensure that no data are personally identifiable."

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