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Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges

Leveraging Local Libraries— Partnering with Community Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CSCC’s and CML’s IT departments have worked together to ensure that the virtual desktop infrastructure works properly. Testing has taken place at other branches over the past couple months. The real test will come when the fall semester begins. ...


Thousands of CSCC students live in the CML service area, so it was natural to combine services, said Ben Zenitsky, marketing and communications specialist for the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

'We’re looking to create the libraries of the 21st century,' Zenitsky said. 


Commentary: Librarians are invaluable in the digital age


A big part of that is to support education and be a resource for students from pre-Kindergarten through college. The dedicated CSCC room at the library also is strategically placed next to the teen area, so teens can see the CSCC students working and 'be inspired to achieve,” added Zenitsky.'"

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The author lists additional examples of this category of collaboration: "A partnership between Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and theColumbus Metro Library (CML) System in Ohio will make access to distance learning easier for many CSCC students. The library’s newest branch, which opened in July, features a dedicated room for CSCC students, and all CML branches offer computer access to the CSCC system."

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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.'"

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

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

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Rethinking Town and Gown issue of 'Academic Matters'

Rethinking Town and Gown issue of 'Academic Matters' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The latest issue of Academic Matters, OCUFA’s flagship publication is now live online. Titled “Rethinking Town and Gown,” the issue highlights the connections that exist between universities and their host communities. We also look at ways of strengthening the relationship between town and gown, in an effort to enrich both worlds."

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

A nice collection of integrative thinking about town and gown. If your planning and change management involves the relationships between a campus and its community you will want to reference this.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “It is a university project but also a City of Philadelphia project in terms of its impact and how it extends the city. It gives to the city.”

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

This project is at the University of Pennsylvania. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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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.


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

SCUP–49, July 2014 is in Pittsburgh.

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Location, Location, Location. Urban Hot Spots Are the Place to Be [for campuses]

Location, Location, Location.  Urban Hot Spots Are the Place to Be [for campuses] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

#scup49 plenary speaker Jeff Selingo's latest in The Chronicle of Higher Education: "Unlike homeowners, colleges looking for a better neighborhood can’t simply hang up a "For Sale" sign and move on. Such colleges need to work harder to provide amenities and out-of-the-classroom opportunities for their students. Some colleges are trying to take on the role of a chamber of commerce, revitalizing abandoned properties nearby and helping to cultivate start-ups. Such efforts, though, are often beyond the expertise of campus officials and carry large price tags without an obvious or quick return on the investment."

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

Hundreds of campuses lose potential students to those in more desirable locations. Since it's really hard to pick up a campus (think American University in Cairo) and move it, Selingo suggests growing the trend to stepping across campus edges and making the neghborhood/city a more attractive one.

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Ouch. Capital Funding and Development Isn’t Always Fun.

Ouch. Capital Funding and Development Isn’t Always Fun. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Like a good neighbor TU is there, here, there, over here, over there, next to here, there, next to there and of course they are here as well. At what point does the University recognize that infinite growth in a finite location is not going to work. Too much of a good thing is just too much." - project neighbor

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

Ouch. Capital Funding and Development Isn’t Always Fun— Read the quote, above, and empathize with Towson U’s Kris Phillips, who like many planners has to manage a great deal of distrust. SCUP’s Mid-Atlantic region is holding a symposium at Towson State University about “Alternative Financing and Delivery of College and University Facilities,” you can sympathize with Phillips, on campus, face to face, on October 13. He's a SCUP member and also on the program. [ma]


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Grand Vision for Cincinatti Uptown Revealed

Grand Vision for Cincinatti Uptown Revealed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"We're excited for this project to get underway because it is the icing on the cake to an even further enhanced Uptown," said Greg Vehr, University of Cincinnati spokesman. "It bodes well from an economic development standpoint and in terms of access to the hospitals, especially in life-saving situations. It is something that Cincinnatians have deserved for some time."

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

Nice, interactive image with a left-right slider to see the "now" and then the plan replace each other.  [nc]

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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 . . .”

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

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

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