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Members of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) scan higher education, inside and out, and present this curated collection of links, articles, and resources. www.scup.org
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Public schools' administrators pay increases more than privates for the first time in 4 years

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This is according to a new CUPA-HR survey.

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SUNY chancellor seeks additional funds for capital improvements, hospitals and community colleges

SUNY chancellor seeks additional funds for capital improvements, hospitals and community colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In an Executive Budget hearing Thursday on higher education, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher sounded enthusiastic about embarking on several new initiatives
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SCUP–49 keynoter Nancy Zimpher has a way with the state legislature: "As it does every year, the Executive Budget brings with it exciting new opportunities for SUNY as well as a few challenges that we would like to see addressed."

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Academic Leaders: Implications for Administrators and Faculty

Cultivating the Next Generation of Academic Leaders: Implications for Administrators and Faculty | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There is a fair amount of skepticism on the part of faculty, particularly successful faculty, about the value of academic leadership."


-Faculty Member


"We are really questioning the idea of protecting junior faculty from service… Strategically, we need to give people opportunities to show leadership and to develop their skills."


-Administrator

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With many baby boomers preparing to retire, higher education is facing an anticipated shortage of academic administrators. Compounding this challenge, many mid-career faculty are reluctant to fill these important positions, concerned that academic leadership is incompatible with work-life balance, that it detracts from their commitments to research and teaching, and that it is tantamount to "going to the dark side." Further, administrative roles have become more complex over the past decade due to increased regulatory requirements and budget constraints.

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Got Innovative Space on Your Campus? Share with your colleagues and peers

Got Innovative Space on Your Campus? Share with your colleagues and peers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange – FLEXspace – is a robust, open access repository populated with examples of learning spaces.  It contains high resolution images and related information that describes detailed attributes of these spaces from institutions across the globe.  

The incentive for participation is to showcase innovative design solutions open to peer review ranking and comments.  As more contributions are received, the repository will emerge into a very useful planning resource for education and supporting entities at multiple levels.

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The Beta of this forward-thinking initiative is available for review and input. SCUP is working with SUNY, the CSU system, ArtStore, ELI, CCUMC, and other organizations to provide this source of innovation ... and savings!

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South African dorms are made from shipping containers and old silos

For students, the building provides a much-needed option for convenient housing. Only about 5% of university students in South Africa live in official dorms, despite demand, and at least one government report blames a lack of housing for the country's incredibly high dropout rate (only about 15% of South African university students end up graduating).

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APPA Thought Leaders Report 2013: The Rising Cost of Higher Education

APPA Thought Leaders Report 2013: The Rising Cost of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Thought Leaders Report 2013: The Rising Cost of Higher Education [PDF].

Author:APPAPrice:$ 0.00 (Member Price: $ 0.00)

ISBN:1-890956-74-0

Date Published:September 2013Cover type:PDF

No of Pages:40

Notes:Produced in conjunction with APPA's Center for Facilities Research (CFaR)


The 2013 Thought Leaders symposium, sponsored in part by DTZ, a UGL company, and Jacobs, focused on the topic of the rising cost of higher education.  More than three dozen higher education leaders--including presidents, provosts, business officers, consultants, association executives, and facilities professionals--participated in a facilitated discussion and work session to identify, prioritize, and recommend solutions on the issues related to the cost of higher education.  

Contents:
* Executive summary
* The challenge of rising costs in higher education
* Colleges in crisis - a summation
* The top issues in higher education facilities
   1. Align the programs and priorities of the institution with its mission and vision
   2. Build campus-wide understanding of the "arms race" between institutions on campus spending
   3. Better utilize and manage space
   4. Involve faculty in decisions about facilities and space
   5. Identify programs and facilities that need investment
   6. Manage rising labor costs
   7. Understand the challenges posed by increasingly complex buildings
   8. Limit rising costs associated with complying with codes and regulations
   9. Reduce the cost of unfunded mandates on the institution
* References and resources
* List of symposium participants

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Should be in every planner's library.

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New Higher Ed Software Review Community & Forum

New Higher Ed Software Review Community & Forum | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Last month I organized a review community and forum focused on software for higher education. SoftwarePhD.com is exclusively for professionals at colleges and universities and just might be the tool that spares you from making your next software mis-purchase.

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He says: "And, the feedback I have received thus far from the 300+ members institutions of SoftwarePhD.com has overwhelmingly confirmed this.  There is an appetite for greater transparency and increased collaboration. Ultimately, this will lead to better software products, more realistic customer expectations and greatly reduced inefficiency in the software selection process."

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The London School of Economics' new students' union: a lesson in architectural origami

The London School of Economics' new students' union: a lesson in architectural origami | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

[G]ymnastic feats with humble blocks, producing an angular avalanche of a building that appears to tumble precipitously in all directions.

This striking piece of redbrick origami is the school's £24m new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, a souped-up home for the students' union that is as energetic on the outside as the activities going on within.


"It's a bit like a cruise ship," says Sheila O'Donnell. "A great stack of different functions, from a nightclub and gym, to cafes and prayer rooms, all these bits of different shapes and sizes interlocking together in a complicated jigsaw puzzle."

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Why There’s No Actual Demand for Higher Education

Why There’s No Actual Demand for Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[T]here is no inherent demand for education, and definitely not for the education they're peddling as a possible substitute for the traditional system of higher education.


Because the demand isn’t for education, per se. It’s for what we believe education can provide: a secure, stable life."

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Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken

Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as us
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SCUP–49 plenary speaker Clay Shirky has a way with words. “Most stories have focused on the lightning, on MOOCs as the flashy new thing. I want to talk about the [rotten] tree”—higher education.

[L]ike every threatened profession, I see my peers arguing that we, uniquely, deserve a permanent bulwark against insurgents, that we must be left in charge of our destiny, or society will suffer the consequences. [W]e have a lot of good ideas and a lot of practice at making people smarter, but it’s not obvious that we have the best ideas, and it is obvious that we don’t have all the ideas. For us to behave as if we have—or should have—a monopoly on educating adults is just ridiculous.

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, February 27, 10:12 AM

Clay Shirky's analysis of the state of traditional higher education--as opposed to alternatives such as MOOCs--seems to follow the logic of Clayton Christensen's disruptive innovations, but with more attitude.

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Finance Reporting Reimagined

Finance Reporting Reimagined | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

What if business officers could start over again to create an effective model of financial reporting that more clearly describes college and university finances? 

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The NACUBO Accounting Principles Council’s “Blank Slate Project” aims to do that.

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Meet The Pioneers Of Sustainable Design

Meet The Pioneers Of Sustainable Design | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Most people immediately think of stewardship in terms of natural resource protection, but it also means helping local economies, designing opportunities for social interaction, creating memorable experiences and generating stronger real estate values. To achieve this, we must strike the right balance between natural, cultural, functional and aesthetic considerations of a project. This requires us to address the interrelationships of land use, environment, historic preservation, site design, architecture, pedestrian connectivity and vehicular networks. When these elements are properly balanced, we know that we have created something that will likely persevere over time."

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Report: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges

"In 2012 alone, the net total impact of community colleges on the U.S. economy was $809 billion in added income, equal to 5.4 percent of GDP. Over time, the U.S. economy will see even greater economic benefits, including $285.7 billion dollars in increased tax revenue as students earn higher wages and $19.2 billion in taxpayer savings as students require fewer safety net services, experience better health, and lower rates of crime.


Students also see a significant economic benefit. For every one dollar a student spends on his or her community college education, he or she sees an ROI of $3.80."

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 19, 11:56 AM

A new report from the American Association of Community Colleges, "Where Value Meets Values: The Economic Impact of Community Colleges," shows that community colleges are a boon to the American economy at large and to the individual student.

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Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education | July, Pittsburgh

Register now to participate in the Society for College and University Planning’s robust annual, international conference education program that will present practical solutions and applications, fresh approaches, and best planning practices. Our annual, international conference provides interactive programs that engage with tangible, precise takeaways to build your effectiveness with all your planning stakeholders.

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Where the Good and Bad Jobs Will Be, 10 Years From Now

Where the Good and Bad Jobs Will Be, 10 Years From Now | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The places creative, service, and working class jobs will grow the most by 2022." Another graph shows the "growth of jobs in America across three broad occupational classes – the creative class, service class, and working class – over the past half century. The trend could not be clearer. Working class jobs, which include those in factory production, construction and transportation, have declined from half the workforce to about 20 percent.


High-paying, knowledge-based creative class jobs in science and technology, business and management, the professions, arts, media, and entertainment have increased from just 15 percent of jobs to more than a third. Lower-paying service jobs in fields like retail sales, food prep, and personal care have increased from 30 percent to nearly half of all jobs."

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Tim Reeder's curator insight, March 1, 10:12 AM

What is your career plan for the next 10, 20, 40 years? Do you have one? People are living longer & working longer. Good jobs will continue to get more scarce, especially for the "working class." Continuing education and long-term planning are a must.

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I'm First: Reach out to and support first-gen college students—

I'm First: Reach out to and support first-gen college students— | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

without reinventing the wheel. Keene State U, which has 40 percent first-gen students, is doing so.

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A growing trend? Outsourcing (or crowd sourcing)  niche student affairs programs that are too expensive for a single institution to develop on its own.

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What's next for Rutgers' 700 buildings and 6K acres of land? University develops master plan

What's next for Rutgers' 700 buildings and 6K acres of land? University develops master plan | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Rutgers' engineering school has developed a tool, called "The Swarm," that tracks students as they move across the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses on a typical day. The tool - which uses class schedules and housing assignments to predict where students travel on campus during the course of a day -- will show campus officials where students congregate and how the campus bus system is used.


"You can see how they aggregate, what different tracks they take, what are the hot spots by the hours of the day, what buses are they on," Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. "The patterns that come out of this are very interesting."

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SCUPer Antonio Calcado is the driving force in this planning, which is about much more than just timing and transportation.

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A City On The Upswing, Pittsburgh’s New Mayor Aims To Woo Newcomers

A City On The Upswing, Pittsburgh’s New Mayor Aims To Woo Newcomers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Steel City is already coming back from decades of problems. Now new mayor Bill Peduto needs to find a way to continue and accelerate that growth...
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Join us for SCUP–49, "Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education," in Pittsburgh on July 12–16, higher education's premier planning event for 2014.

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Just who does The New York Times turn to for higher ed expertise?

Just who does The New York Times turn to for higher ed expertise? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

What I learned there -- besides how weird corporate-sponsored conferences are, right down to commercials they looped on screens between talks -- is that there is a system of content generation that feeds thinkpieces and thinkfluencers with greater speed and sound bite concision than most professors can offer.


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Afghanistan Higher Education: The Struggle for Quality, Merit, and Transformation

Afghanistan Higher Education: The Struggle for Quality, Merit, and Transformation | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Has Afghan higher education been transformed? Basically yes, with the caveats noted, and indeed to a surprising degree given its limited resources and the little support it has received."

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This timely Planning for Higher Education feature article reveals 13 years of very complicated, nation-wide integrated planning for higher education—in a war zone. Its 32 pages may also be the best available general past, present, and future look at Afghan higher education.


The SCUP authors are Mohammed Osman Babury, deputy minister for academic affairs at the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan and Fred M. Hayward, senior higher education advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education

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These Things You Do Every Day Have Changed The English Language As We Know It

These Things You Do Every Day Have Changed The English Language As We Know It | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"New York University Journalism professor Clay Shirky explained to Slate the proliferation of ellipses in casual (and even some business) communication is just one way to speed things up. “People are communicating like they are talking, but encoding that talk in writing," he said."

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A little bit of understanding about how the use of the language in communications is changing, especially among younger people.

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From Tennessee, a Solution for Mission Creep

From Tennessee, a Solution for Mission Creep | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Instead of basing appropriations on enrollment, like most states do, Tennessee now ties all taxpayer dollars to institutional outcomes, such as credit completion and graduation rate.


The unintended consequences of most laws are usually negative. Not in this case. Because the formula changes on the basis of an institution’s Carnegie classification, it punishes colleges that move too fast up the academic ladder and then don’t perform well at that level. Indeed, there is a strong financial incentive for universities to focus on improving what they already do rather than stretch upward.


'Most of the schools would lose 3 to 10 percent of their funding instantly' if they were measured by the weights of a higher class of institutions, says Richard G. Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Take one of the state’s regional colleges, Austin Peay State University. If it tried to become more like Middle Tennessee State University by awarding doctorates, Austin Peay would very likely lose 4 percent of its state funds."

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Selingo is keynoting Plan for Transformation of Higher Education in Pittsburgh, July 12–15. Join us.

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Different Equations for Higher Ed Business Models

Different Equations for Higher Ed Business Models | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Universities certainly face significant fiscal challenges. While some say the business model for higher education is broken, a more interesting inquiry might be to examine how the business model is evolving

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning

The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.
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SCUP member and author Gregory Janks provides heft to this Building Design & Construction article, which includes a nice Brown University mini-case study, with data maps. He says: “What we’re trying to promote is more isn’t necessarily better; better is better.”


Janks is author of of the SCUP booklet, Kings of Infinite Space: How to Make Space Planning for Colleges and Universities Useful Given Constrained Resources, and co-author of a recent article in Planning for Higher Education titled "New Metrics for the New NormalRethinking Space Utilization Within the University System in Georgia."


SCUP members can look forward to a follow-up article to "New Metrics": "Formula’s End: The University System of Georgia's Space Data and What it Means," to be published shortly in Planning for Higher Education.


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Control Will Be the Demise of Education

Control Will Be the Demise of Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

here is another type of control ... prevalent in virtually every school in the world. This is the control fostered by administration and teachers as to how learning should, and will, be structured. This hits home for me on many fronts, as I was guilty of this years ago. We are often our own worst enemies as we work hard to control what students can do in school or classrooms. This stems from the fact that we don't want to give up control. Compliancy had worked for so long, and quite frankly we don't trust students or even our own teachers. What we don't know and understand we fear. So we react by trying to control every facet of school structure, function, and learning. This was me for many years, but thankfully I changed and I think my school has benefited.

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, February 17, 11:31 AM

K–12, but like the author, we "hope that those who block social media, ban students' devices, and mandate Common Core scripts understand that these decisions are destroying a love for learning. Digital learning in its many forms could be one such catalyst to put education on a better path. If we truly want to prepare the next generation of thinkers, doers, inventors, and change agents we must give up control, trust students and educators, and work to develop a better system that will produce desired outcomes."