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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.
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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

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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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University Systems Sharing Content, Data ... and Analytics Capabilities

Four major university systems will share online courses, analytics and learning-management software through a cloud-based digital education platform called Unizin, portions of which launched in July.
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This is intriguing: “Relative to the whole cost of us building out analytics capabilities separately, one campus at a time, or building content capabilities only on an island by ourselves, we think this is cost effective over time for how digital learning is evolving.”

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Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18

Dynamic Planning Leads to Expanded Growth on Major Campuses #umiami Symposium 9/18 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Recovering from recent economic challenges, three major institutions in the southern region of Florida are creating and implementing dynamic plans for the future that will be the catalyst to both expanded growth on the campuses and increased quality as they strive to meet the growing expectations of students and the changing face of higher education. The University of Miami is expanding, replacing, and renovating all of its existing housing stock through a carefully sequenced nine-year plan. The University of South Florida in Tampa is anticipating the use of a public-private partnership structure for a large scale mixed-use development including more than 2,000 student housing beds.  Florida International University is among the top 10 in national enrollment and number 1 nationally in graduating Hispanic students and has recently opened new student housing on that campus. 


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Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new?

Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Who out there has redesigned graduate assistant space to support the way grads work and study today (versus 20 years ago)? Semi-private offices just aren't an option for some of our buildings and programs - nor are they necessary.
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Please share what you have been doing or what you have learned about.

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Does the 'Phenomenon of Enclosure' Threaten the Commons?

Does the 'Phenomenon of Enclosure' Threaten the Commons? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The history of online learning is the history of a plethora of patents. (Watters, 2014) This is a patent for setting up a regional network in the south western United States. That's Nevada. That's Arizona. That's New Mexico. That's Utah. That's Colorado or Wyoming, one of the square ones. Calling it a patent thicket is more than a slight understatement. And it's not just patents, of course, it's copyright, trademarks, even trade secrets. 

Here's one that came out a few weeks ago - I've actually got the screen capture - trademark for pi. (Poulsen, 2014) Yes, pi, the pi that you're all familiar with, 3.141 whatever. A colleague memorized it to 100 digits. I've memorized it to, what, one. 

This is not simply an isolated instance. It's the norm. It's a phenomenon that took place in the industrial revolution. It's a phenomenon taking place in the information revolution. It's a phenomenon of enclosure. You would think we learned from the last time, but we didn't. And it threatens the commons, the common heritage, common knowledge, common culture that we all thought that we own."

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A must-read, IOHO. This is only one of many issues examined in this first of three talks which run as a series. Downes is examining "not the problem MOOCs solve at the moment but the problem MOOCs were designed to solve." Since Downes was instrumental in developing the concept of a MOOC, his insights are both clear and from a POV unfamiliar to many higher education leaders.

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MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why eBook: Jeffrey J. Selingo

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A short, new, not-yet-published piece on sale in advance of publication—from our well-received #scup49 plenary speaker, Jeff Selingo.

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Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus

Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The problem is that we are entering an unprecedented period when two historic waves of building construction demand capital renewal investments even as resources available for capital are limited by reductions in state funding, decreases in research and philanthropy and debt limits set by trustees. New England campuses built more space from 1960 to 1975 than over the previous 80 years combined. Then many campuses followed with a second construction boom from 1995 until the Great Recession slowed building.


Now, faced with having to do 'catch-up' renovation on the first wave of buildings that are reaching 50 years old and “keep-up” or stewardship on the second wave of buildings, campus administrators are finding there is just not enough money to do both. It is starting to show to even the casual observer."

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Good question by the author: "How could we have spent billions of dollars on new construction and renovation over the past 25 years and still see a doubling of the amount of deferred maintenance?"

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Deseret Residential Towers, Dating to 1964, Will Be Razed at Brigham Young U.

"Brigham Young University will demolish the remaining five buildings in its Deseret Towers housing complex, the university announced in a news release. Five of the seven buildings were constructed in 1964"

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Fifty years ago these were new and the Society for College and University Planning did not yet quite exist #scup50.

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Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They?

Students, Customers, or Clients? What Are They? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The client-consultant model for me is the right way to think about student in higher education. "

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Customers or clients? Drawing upon his own recent experiences as a consultant (with clients) in the design of flipped classroom learning environments, Robert Talbert argues for clients.

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The Band Plays On … ‘Cognitive Dissonance Was There for All to See and Hear’

The Band Plays On … ‘Cognitive Dissonance Was There for All to See and Hear’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Two distinctly different views of reality were on display at the 2014 Society for College and University Planning conference: traditional and nontraditional – bundled and unbundled. The cognitive dissonance was there for all to see and hear.


The traditional view bundles residential experience with marching bands and the book-lined study. The nontraditional view unbundles all of this, offering credit hours and progress toward a degree without dorms, touchdowns or libraries. This all makes sense as long as they are serving different audiences – different customers interested in different value propositions. When they need to appeal to the same customer this cognitive dissonance will take the f
orm of economic competition to squeeze what Rich DeMillo calls the middle."

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As SCUP board member Jill Morelli, University of Washington, tweeted last week: “@jkmorelli  #scup49 Michael Haggans is really challenging the status quo about the physical impacts of the digitizing of the university.” There are Haggan’s latest, post-conference thoughts at his blog, CampusMatters.net.

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Classroom to Career: At Some Point that Essential Transition Must Happen

Classroom to Career: At Some Point that Essential Transition Must Happen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Making the case for college must include convincing an often-skeptical public that higher learning prepares individuals not only for the right job in the dream career, but for the many jobs and multiple careers that the current generation of students will explore in their lifetimes. … Sharpened minds and employable skills represent the new norm for what graduates expect and what colleges and universities must deliver.

Powering Up the Mind and Commencing the Career—are examples of how higher education institutions are approaching this dual and complementary effort to infuse the curriculum with practical work-related experiences and to guide students in the art of translating and applying their academic expertise to any number of employment options that await them."

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Karla Hignite is one of our favorite higher education writers. In this Business Officer article she introduces two relevant resources.

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Architectural Portfolio

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Great Apps for SCUPers

Great Apps for SCUPers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If you missed this session (held twice today) check out this handout: Best apps for your productivity in 2014. 


Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 8:30 AM–9:30 AM | David L Lawrence Convention Center, 317/318

Tech Tools to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Presented by: Beth Ziesenis, Owner, Your Nerdy Best Friend
Convened by: Alexandria Roe, Associate Vice President, Capital Planning & Budget, University of Wisconsin-System Administration
There are thousands of free and near-free online tools and apps that can make you and your team more productive and efficient, but who has time to find what works? Beth Ziesenis, author of Your Nerdy Best Friend, has culled through them all in the quest to find free and bargain tech tools that make people's lives easier. She will share the best online tools in a session that is as fast and fun as it is informative. Arrive early! Find out more:http://www.yournerdybestfriend.com


Learning Outcome(s):


  • Adopt free tools that replace very expensive software.
  • Identify the best resources for working collaboratively with others.
  • Analyze time-saving, budget-conscious tools that don’t require an IT degree to figure out!
  • Discover 25+ essential web tools and apps for planners.


TAGS: Information Technology, Efficiency, Productivity, Web-Based Tools, Technology

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Higher Education On Trial

Higher Education On Trial | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Higher education in 2014 may be getting what it deserves, paying the price of having been a law unto itself for too long. It is time to move beyond a defense of privileges and self-interest to constructive engagement with the public’s questions before the opportunity passes.


For everyone’s sake, we hope it is not already too late."

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Shirley Mullen is president of Houghton College (N.Y.). Perhaps she'll respond to our Call for Proposals (deadline October 1) “We Strengthen and Transform Higher Education” | July 11–15, 2015 | Chicago, IL #scup50

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Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies

Engage faculty members in student recruitment and retention with these strategies | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The bottom line…

Remember these best practices for engaging faculty members in recruitment and retention:

  • Help faculty members understand why their help is valuable.
  • Encourage faculty members to participate in recruitment events.
  • Plan outreach efforts such as summer camps that include professors.
  • Create systems for tracking student success and reach out to students who are having trouble.
  • Be available and encourage conversations with students so that you know what they like and don’t like."
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Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics

Higher Ed Performance-based Funding and Completion Metrics | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

While some schools are making changes to boost student outcomes, Finney says it is too early to know how institutions will change in the long term in response to performance-based funding. "Strong state-level data systems are necessary to determine changes in performance and to make adjustments accordingly," she says. "States vary in terms of the sophistication of their student unit record systems. This must be carefully aligned with the outcomes they hope that institutions will strive for."


"Any financial policy involves a series of trade-offs," says Tennessee's Deaton. While he and other state education leaders believe the positives of performance-based funding "far outweigh the negatives," he also says "until the model is road tested, you don't know for sure how it will work out."

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Performance-based funding and measuring outcomes. A review of the states and a clear exposition of the current status by Nancy Mann Jackson in NACUBO's Business Officer magazine.

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In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades

In Moody’s U.S. college credit ratings, downgrades far outnumber upgrades | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Moody’s has downgraded three dozen other four-year colleges and universities since July 2013, a sign of continuing financial fragility in higher education.

By contrast, nine of about 500 higher-ed institutions that Moody’s analyzes were given credit rating upgrades in the past year."

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The author, Nick Anderson, provides some detail on the major changes up and down.

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Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases

Architectural design and physical activity: Staircases Versus Elevators Versus Attractive Staircases | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Abstract
BACKGROUND:

The indoor built environment has the potential to influence levels of physical activity. However, the extent to which architectural design in commercial buildings can influence the percentage of people choosing to use the stairs versus elevators is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine if buildings with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases result in a greater percentage of people taking the stairs.

METHODS:

Direct observations of stair and elevator use were conducted in 3 buildings on a university campus. One of the buildings had a bank of 4 centrally located elevators and a fire escape stairwell behind a steel door. The other 2 buildings had centrally located staircases and out-of-the-way elevators.

RESULTS:

The percentage of people who ascended the stairs was 8.1% in the elevator-centric building, compared with 72.8% and 81.1% in the 2 stair-centric buildings (P < .001). In addition, the percentage of people who descended the stairs was 10.8% in the first building, compared with 89.5% and 93.7% in the stair-centric buildings (P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of the current study suggest that if buildings are constructed with centrally located, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing staircases, a greater percentage of people will choose to take the stairs."

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Given an attractive staircase as an alternative, many more people will walk both up and down than ride the elevator.

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MOOCs— There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen.

MOOCs— There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.
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"For the time being, MOOCs seem unlikely to take the place of physical campuses—or even replace for-profit universities, as Lue hopes they will. In order to do that, MOOCs would have to begin offering meaningful credits—the kind someone could take to a job interview and expect to have taken seriously. (For now, even though HarvardX classes feature the same content as their in-person equivalents, it’s not possible for students to earn anything more than a certificate of completion—the equivalent of a “P” in a pass-fail class.)


So what is a MOOC? What makes it different from a brick-and-mortar classroom? In the end, the answer may be exactly what it seems to be: a MOOC is a film. It’s easy to dismiss college-age kids as screen-addicted zombies, but cinema has a particular ability to move people: It’s informative and entertaining; it’s literature and photography at the same time. If nothing else, the MOOC-driven revolution may inspire classroom instructors to make their lessons more dynamic and figure out what really ignites students’ imaginations. There is a reason they can’t take their eyes off the screen."

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SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-50 Chicago 2015

SCUP's Annual, International Conference | SCUP-50 Chicago 2015 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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#scup50 As the idea of SCUP was coalescing in the minds of several dozen planngers, on this date in 1964 Barry Goldwater was on the cover of Time, the Beach Boys’ I Get Around was number one on the charts, and New England campuses alone built $64M sq ft of new space in 1964. [na]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Stop Keeping College Athletes Poor and Trapped

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Stop Keeping College Athletes Poor and Trapped | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"new survey finds that 60% of incoming college football players support unions for college athletes. The horror!"

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Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative

Campuses or coalitions get flexibility in student aid, Department of Ed expands Experimental Sites Initiative | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As part of the President and Vice President’s new actions to provide more Americans with the opportunity to acquire the skills they need for in-demand jobs, today, the Department is announcing a new round of“experimental sites” (ex-sites) that will test certain innovative practices aimed at providing better, faster and more flexible paths to academic and career success."

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Is anyone out there doing this? Tell us how it works, please. "[T]he Experimental Sites Initiatives—or 'experiments,' as they are frequently called—tests the effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for participating institutions disbursing Title IV student aid. The Department of Education has waived specific statutory or regulatory requirements at the postsecondary institutions, or consortia of institutions, approved to participate in the experiments. By contrasting the results achieved with the flexibilities with results under current regulations, the Department has data to support changes to regulations and statute. The outcomes of experiments have the potential to benefit all postsecondary institutions and the students they serve.

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Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says

Colleges Must Help Further the Goals of Common Core Standards, Report Says | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[O]ne of the biggest barriers to carrying out the standards, according to the report, is that colleges have not adjusted their admissions, financial-aid, and remedial-education policies to line up with the standards.


As a result, the report says, 'The Common Core standards appear at the moment to end at the college gate.'"

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Common Core Goes to College: Building Better Connections Between High School and Higher Education We’ve been wondering about the unintended(?) consequences for higher education. Looks like planners have some work to do.

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A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem.

A Liaison for a Classroom Building? Curating a Learning ecosystem. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"I could see a librarian dedicated to collecting, chronicling, and shaping the life of this building– curating, expressing, packaging, and facilitating everything that’s happening. Creating multiple entry points of conversation and bringing people together to celebrate their interests and ambitions. In short, the building becomes more than a bunch of classrooms; it becomes a participatory learning ecosystem."

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Very systemic and integrative thinking.

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Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick

Never Forget Someone's Name Again With This Memory Trick | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Ever meet someone at a social event and immediately forget their name? Try this technique for understanding and using memory's nature to your...
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

After meeting hundreds of people at #scup49, we wish we had paid a little more attention to this technique beforehand. How about you?

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