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Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience

Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Living away from home gives students a chance to immerse themselves in new academic and social worlds. But that kind of college experience is available only to an increasingly privileged few.
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"But the arguments for living on campus are complicated at every turn. In reality, dorm life, especially at selective schools, can be alienating for first-generation minority students struggling to relate to peers with private school diplomas and plenty of pocket money. To low-income parents, many of whom have more traditional values, talk of non-academic engagement can sound pretty frivolous and even suspicious, as if easy access to frat row were being recast as a pillar of a well-rounded education. To these same parents, staying at home doesn’t seem at all unconventional. In high school, my peers and I understood going away to college as going away. Separation from family was part of the deal. This is not a universally accepted notion in Latino and Asian family traditions in which multi-generational households are quite common."

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Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment: Statistical Report

The purpose of this report is to examine how often, and under what conditions, postsecondary institutions accept the transfer of credits earned by students at other institutions. It addresses the following questions:
• How often do members of a cohort of beginning college students transfer or coenroll1 between postsecondary education institutions during their undergraduate years?
• How often, and in what amounts, do credits transfer when students move from one institution to another?
• What characteristics of institutions (i.e., control, level, accreditation, and selectivity) and students (i.e., grade point average [GPA] and degree/award level of program) are related to credit transfer?

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From NCES.

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Australian College and University Projects

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College and university reviews and images of architecture, interior, and landscape projects from Architecture Media.

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A nice college of images and info from campus planning and design initiatives down under.

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Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores

Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Campus bookstores say companies’ aggressive tactics hurt business and violate colleges’ exclusivity contracts.
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We wonder, how long such agreements can continue to exist?


"Mr. Rosensweig and Mr. Chesnut asserted that exclusive bookstore contracts don’t serve students’ interests but benefit colleges and universities by generating revenue. The commission Barnes & Noble pays Southern Connecticut State each year varies depending on sales, but the university is guaranteed at least $600,000. On top of that, the company provides $26,000 each year to support textbook scholarships, a lecture series, and a golf classic."

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ASLA Launches New Guide to Green Infrastructure

ASLA Launches New Guide to Green Infrastructure | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has launched a new guide to explain the many benefits of “green infrastructure” — designed systems that harness nature to create proven benefits ...
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'The idea that nature is also infrastructure isn’t new, but it’s now more widely understood to be true, according to Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.


Researchers are amassing a body of evidence to prove that green infrastructure actually works: these systems are often more cost-effective than outmoded models of grey infrastructure—a term used for the concrete tunnels created to move water—and also provide far more benefits for both people and the environment.'

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5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The "[a]ward honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

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Evidence Based Design Journal

Evidence Based Design Journal | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Issue 01 of the EBD journal is essential reading for anyone developing a new aged care facility, or remodelling an existing one. Containing globally relevant, detailed case studies, evidence based design strategies, and articles about future trends, the Aged Care Issue of EBD Journal will assist you with brief development, design and facility management"

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

Excellent articles and a welcome new journal that planners should bookmark.

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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, September 4, 2014 12:43 PM

This is an excellent site for those who are curious about how to relate to their interior design more effectively!

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SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education

SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Very few, if any, organizations operate with anything remotely resembling clockwork precision. As for stability, many organizations need to regularly adapt new practices just to maintain their status quo. Higher education institutions, perhaps more than other organizations, need to consistently practice adaptability to remain competitive and relevant.


SCUP Planning Institute faculty trainer, Robert P. Delprino, has drawn on his education, professional life, and experience as an institute faculty member to write a book every planner should read. “Change is a people process; the strategic planning process is not a solitary activity but one that involves a number of players. Its success depends on the individuals and groups who participate in the plan’s development, application, and evaluation.”

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A benefit of SCUP membership. Also available for others as an inexpensive download. Combine it with another SCUP book, A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education by Karen Hinton and you have a reference for your committees.

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'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report

'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble' | The Hechinger Report | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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Facing skeptical customers, declining enrollment, an antiquated financial model that is hemorrhaging money, and new kinds of low-cost competition, some U.S. universities and colleges may be going the way of the music and journalism industries.


Their predicament has become so bad that financial analysts, regulators and bond-rating agencies are beginning to warn that many colleges and universities could close.


'A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble,' the financial consulting firm Bain & Company concluded in a report—one-third of them, to be exact, according to Bain, which found that these institutions’ operating costs are rising faster than revenues and investment returns can cover them."

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

And Robert Zemsky says the faculty are sitting on the sideline: 

We’re on the sideline. And that’s terrible that the faculty, writ large, are on the sideline.”

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The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports?

The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"College sports already are imbalanced. And they’re doing just fine.


Actually, college sports aren’t merely imbalanced. They’re practically rigged."

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This can stimulate some thought, just as the season begins. We noticed that the title didn't specifically mention football. A lot of forces are converging on college football. Let's say that transformation is on the way. What do you think?

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Bold buildings: How to integrate new architecture into historic urban landscapes

Bold buildings: How to integrate new architecture into historic urban landscapes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"When Clemson University unveiled its designs for the Spaulding Paolozzi Center, a "modernist" building meant to house the school's satellite architecture and design division, strong reactions followed. People either loved the building (or at least the idea of the building), or they hated it.

The lovers argued that architect Brad Cloepfil's plans were fresh and light and new and smart, and that the new building would help mix up the landscape, adding aesthetic vitality to the city. The haters insisted that it was ugly and inappropriate, that it didn't fit within the city's prevailing architectural style. 


The controversy, still unsettled, has drawn attention to one of those timeless, fundamental urban questions: whether and how new, modernist buildings should be integrated into a landscape characterized by protected historic structures or dominated by a particular historic style."


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

The author also suggests taking a look at Steven Holl's Seona Reid Building, part of the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.

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Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely

Watch Seemingly Every College Dean From the Movies Lose It Completely | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
It’s back-to-school time, and this got us thinking about one of the more amusing tropes from the movies and television: short-tempered college (and grad school) deans getting unreasonably (and sometimes reasonably) angry at the students in their charge. We compiled our favorite such scenes in this supercut. Enjoy.
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We just had to share this at the semester's dawn.

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external higher ed trend of interest | The New Editors of the Internet

external higher ed trend of interest | The New Editors of the Internet | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In a small number of Silicon Valley conference rooms, decisions are being made about what people should and shouldn't see online—without the accountability or culture that has long accompanied that responsibility.
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How does this affect higher ed?

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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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Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism

Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Learning analytics stand poised to benefit students in previously impossible ways. Alongside innovation, however, ethical discussions need probing questions, assessments of possible outcomes, and active disagreement about future developments. Ethical modeling will not achieve these, at least not in a substantive way; principled reflection needs to keep up with the speed of innovation as closely as possible. An inner matrix of tensions will achieve ethical reflection aligned with innovation — or at least get us closer to that goal. When schools or companies build new learning analytics systems, or when schools are deciding between competing products, ethical discussions ought to be in the forefront of outcomes-based commitments. The proposed tensions of utopianism (what is the very best outcome?), ambiguity (are the outcomes knowable?), and nihilism (how are unexpected outcomes handled?) can help institutions and companies fulfill the goal of assisting student success."

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The author, James E. Willis, III is an educational assessment specialist at Purdue University.

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Inside Look: Campus Retail

Inside Look: Campus Retail | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Whether it’s purchasing textbooks every semester or meeting daily needs such as meals, snacks or health and beauty aids, students who find the right dining and retail stores on campus have a better co
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Interesting how other retail perks up while bookstores suffer.

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Francey Smith's curator insight, September 11, 2014 5:13 PM

This a growing trend

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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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Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend)

Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"But in about five or six years, I predict we’ll see the need to shift that model to one that emphasizes “legibility” of space. By that I mean spaces where the layouts are easy to understand, easy to navigate, and where the spaces’ intended uses are clear and obvious. Why this shift? Changing demographics. These current ambiguous spaces are very much inspired by Generation Y. But there’s another generation behind them—Generation Z, the kids of Gen X-ers—who will be coming into the office workforce at the end of the decade. Now in high school and middle school, these kids have two defining characteristics: they highly value order and predictability (their Gen X parents were latchkey kids in the seventies, determined to counteract the chaos in their own childhoods by raising intact families and kids who value clarity and certainty), and they are almost congenitally distracted. They are heroic multitaskers, glued to their smartphones and tablets—and guess what? They’re terrible at it."

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"Dr. Michael O’Neill, senior research strategist at Haworth, on the future of the office, the demographics dilemma, and the emerging need for clarity in workplace design"

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80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice

80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As architects and designers, where does our understanding of people come from? Mostly, subjective observation and untested assumption," according to Evidence Based Design Journal.

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SCUPers who 'get' integrative planning and design will understand the value of evidence based design. SCUP initiatives, like the Perry Chapman Prize, underwrite research in support of evidence based planning and design. 

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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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Resources for Institutional Research

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"While there is great value in AIR membership (including access to world class professional-development and education, discounts on key industry publications, and extensive networking and leadership opportunities) the Association is committed to providing valuable resources to all those in institutional research and related fields.
 
This section of the AIR website provides links to services offered to IR professionals that do not require AIR membership. These include IPEDS Training; the AIR Jobs Board; our electronic newsletter, e-AIR; and Measuring Quality in Higher Education: An Inventory of Instruments, Tools and Resources.
 
We also offer Links to External Resources, a collection of more than 2,200 external websites chosen to provide specific, useful information for just about anything relevant to working in IR and related fields.
 
AIR is the world's premier resource for all things IR, serving both our members and the greater IR profession. If you have a suggestion about something we could add to this list of resources, email us at air@airweb.org."
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It's time to share this excellent set of resources again.

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How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell

How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The newspaper's new project isn't trying to pick the best colleges. It’s more interested in how well they attract underprivileged students. ... 'Our project is much more of an analysis than it is any attempt at a comprehensive ranking,' says David Leonhardt, who heads The Upshot, the "Times" division that will produce the new ratings."

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Other rankings "'are all attempts at some kind of comprehensive overview,' Mr. Leonhardt said in a follow-up interview on Thursday. What The Upshot plans to unveil, starting with the findings being released at the September conference, is a 'a more targeted look,' based on particular slices of data. 'We’re not trying to do a comprehensive, throw-everything-in look at colleges.'"

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Tracey Vickery's curator insight, September 5, 2014 11:17 PM

This might be the way to finally break the branding zombies.

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Deferred Maintenance at Canadian Universities: An Update

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This report, published by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), is worthy of a look.


"In spite of the concerns raised the conclusions of the report may be seen as positive. While there has never been and will never be sufficient funding available to instantly eliminate the problem, strategies are indeed available to proactively manage it.


While five specific strategies are enumerated, they can be summarized in a single, overarching consideration" ... .


Too long to post the entire list here.

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The Important Work of Keeping Guns Off Campus | Public Policy

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"Colleges and universities are charged with providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Accordingly, nearly all colleges and universities—public and private—have adopted policies that prohibit or severely restrict firearm possession on their campuses.


These gun-free policies have helped make postsecondary education institutions some of the safest places in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of homicides on U.S. college campuses is typically less than 25 deaths per year. Additionally, the department has placed the overall homicide rate on college campuses at .07 per 100,000 persons.1


In comparison, the homicide rate in the United States for persons aged 17 to 29 is 14.1 per 100,000 persons, a rate 200 times that in the college population."

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Content Licensing Creates 'Existential Crisis' for Libraries

Content Licensing Creates 'Existential Crisis' for Libraries | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Old-fashioned media—books, tapes, CDs, etc.—are governed by the first-sale doctrine, a legal provision that allows a buyer to do whatever she wants with a copy.


The licensing of digital media, however, gives publishers far more power. Instead of selling an album outright, they can sell permission to access its contents for a fixed amount of time. (This is a boon for textbook publishers in particular. Under a digital regime, they may not have to worry about losing sales to students buying used copies.)


The licensing model stands to become the norm as physical media get phased out, says Mr. Hoek. “This isn’t just a music problem,” he says. Anything made of “ones and zeroes” can be kept on a leash.


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

Even as SCUP takes a deep, hard look at how it licenses its knowledge content, that kind of deep, hard look by publishers is worrying college and university librarians:


As more and more books, videos, and sound recordings are licensed and distributed through online-only means, the amount of materials available for libraries to collect is shrinking.


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