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Trend— UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system could scale well, plays well with regular grading

Trend— UC Davis's groundbreaking digital badge system could scale well, plays well with regular grading | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Sheryl Grant, an expert on badges ... said the badging work done by Normoyle and others at UC-Davis is the most interesting she’s seen in higher education. Grant has helped administer30 badging projects that won a contest and received support from the Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. 


“They really are solving for something that the current credential system is not doing,” says Grant, adding that Normoyle and company are doing so without “upsetting the apple cart” by tossing out the degree.


Grant predicts that UC-Davis’s approach is one other colleges will copy. That’s because, she says, they used a rigorous process to create a badging system grounded in the values of the institution, faculty, students and employers.


The end result, Grant says, is a “data visualization and recommendation system” that is “going to scale really well.”

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

Not everybody is sold on badges, however. One reason is that anyone can award one, raising questions about quality control.

Peter Stokes is executive director of postsecondary innovation in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University. He’s supportive of the concept behind badges, and thinks there are no real technical obstacles to making them work. But Stokes remains skeptical of badges having a major impact on higher education, at least for now.


“The big challenge with the badge is to create currency in the market,” Stokes says.

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Trend— Brainlike computers, learning from experience

Trend— Brainlike computers, learning from experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In coming years, the approach will make possible a new generation of artificial intelligence systems that will perform some functions that humans do with ease: see, speak, listen, navigate, manipulate and control. That can hold enormous consequences for tasks like facial and speech recognition, navigation and planning, which are still in elementary stages and rely heavily on human programming.

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A harbinger of another wave of transformation.

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The potential of community-based sustainability projects for deep learning initiatives

This paper provides and illustrates a generic framework for deep learning in a Sustainability-based course for higher education instruction. The use of Sustainability Consulting Projects is detailed with potential application to similar programs as part of their Sustainable Education curriculum. Using four disparate institutions of higher learning across the eastern coast of the United States we can complete an exploratory analysis of the framework. This analysis will provide us opportunity to identify and characterize community sustainability projects and their contribution to higher order, integrative and reflective learning. This deep learning framework and model will be helpful to curriculum developers and instructors who wish to introduce these types of projects into their courses and curriculum. These processes and tools may be integrated into current Sustainability Management courses or used as the basis for development of specific courses focused specifically on this topic; e.g., Sustainability Consulting or as a capstone course. Lessons learned and framework design and implementation provide opportunities for further research and development of these courses.


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From the conclusion: "The cases from four universities and 85 projects also provided a number of lessons learned with direct implications for practice and research." This paper—and the accompanying themed issue, "Higher Education for Sustainable Development: Emerging Areas" of the Journal of Cleaner Production—is of interest.

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Law school enrollment is collapsing

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The life of a budding American lawyer isn't what TV shows like "L.A. Law" once made it out to be. Fresh numbers from the American Bar Association show US law school enrollment tumbling 11% over last year to 39,675.
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Many fewer people investing in the LSAT, as well.

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The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism

The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
We spend so much time in education trying to make things better. Better policies. Better technology. Better standards. Better curriculum. Better instruction. Better assessment. Better response to assessment data.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 15, 2013 3:21 PM

Amazing

John McDermott Neill's curator insight, December 18, 2013 6:15 AM

A brief attempt to define these overlapping ideas.

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The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article written and curated by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia:
"Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.

Enormous progress has been made since the early days of the first news curation tools to what is available today, but yet, I feel we have only barely scratched the surface.

To illustrate what I expect to see on this front, here is a panoramic tour of the traits, features, patterns and trends that I expect will characterize the future of digital content curation tools, organized into specific feature areas.

1) Display Formats of Curated Content Collections
The first area in which I expect to see lots of improvement and innovative ideas is the one of how a curated collection or stream can be displayed to the user.
This is one of the most underestimated and underutilized areas of improvement for content curation tools.

2) Slicing and Dicing
Some of the present-day content curation tools, including Scoop.it, Spundge and several others, do allow you to tag and filter content but none provides a direct facility to easily create sub-sets that gather together collection items with the same characteristics.

3) Micro - Macro
One other badly needed feature, that I hope will see its way in some of the leading content curation tools, is the ability to instantly switch from a bird’s eye view of a topic to the detailed view of a specific information item.

4) Recurate
Another area that offers great opportunities for innovation and for the introduction of new useful features is the one covering the ability to assess, managing inventories, organize and curate one’s own existing assets.

5) News Discovery
The main problem with news discovery arises from the fact that quality filters and algorithms capable of both fully understanding the topic of interest, not just by way of a keyword or a hashtag but by semantic inference, and capable of identifying the relevant sources among so many noise-making content marketers reposting other people stuff, are not easy to build.
The best way to uncover, identify and identify new quality sources and content items may be to employ a balanced mix of automated search filters augmented by human curators that can supervise, edit, refine and improve on what is gathered by the algos.

6) Ownership
The main benefit offered by content curation platforms that require you to curate and publish first via their systems (Scoop.it, Pinterest, etc.) is that they provide you with an existing broad audience readily interested in your content. For someone just starting out online, this can be a huge booster.
The con side of the equation is that your rights on what you have curated as well as the physical ownership of that content is not under your control anymore. And for those already having good visibility and reputation online, this may not be the most attractive proposition.

7) Credit and Attribution
For professional curators the need to properly and systematically credit and attribute the content and sources utilized is not a secondary matter. Discovery of new interesting content is at the heart of the curator job, and facilitating the exchange on meta-data that provides credit and hints as to who has been of help in discovering something will increasingly be a highly valued activity..."

Each point is analyzed with more information and external links. Read full, interesting and detailed article here:
http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-future-part1/

 

 


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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:20 AM

Thanks!

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:49 PM

Scooping this to basically reference it for more tips on curating. We are all works in progress.

Russell Yardley's curator insight, December 25, 2013 4:01 PM

With billions of people connected through social media and directly connected with email traditional curators of news and other content have had their business models destroyed but it has not surprisingly taken many years for better models to emerge. 

 

The widsom of crowds is well known but so is their stupidity (stock market crashes, group think, lowest common denominator in election outcomes...). Better curating tools and systems are beginning to show that valuable curators of the worlds content are able to find their audience and enrich the world with deep insight that replace the extremely low numbers of curators of the past (news paper barons).

 

Some of these curators will be paid and others do it just for the joy of it. Collectively they will reshape thinking and ultimately the world. 

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


The jury said, “ . . . great that they did not take down the towers . . . connector is a nice contrast . . .interiors are appealing . . . great use of color.”


The new policy to house all freshmen and sophomores on campus at Ohio State University (OSU) created a need to increase housing capacity. Three areas were identified to create density, foster a more dynamic student experience, and sustainably leverage existing infrastructure. Additions of bed capacity, program, utility/sustainability regeneration, and improvements to the district civic space for recreation use and passive open space were planned.


One area was the South High-Rise District. By inserting connectors between two existing eleven-story residential towers, new entry lobbies, student social and study spaces, additional beds, and newly-defined courtyards were added. Anchoring the additions
to the existing infrastructure of bathrooms, stairs, and elevators, the project  delivered beds at a reduced cost (an average of $50,000/ bed).


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

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Georgia Institute of Technology

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Georgia Institute of Technology | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The shop-like facility has a clear three-part organiza­tion of high-bay, mid-bay, and computa­tional laboratories separated by a shared utility zone to enhance flexibility.


The team used an integrated planning, design and construction (“IPD light”) process that emphasized “passive design first.” The site design reflects the Institute’s sustainability goal to move towards a more natural ecology and dramatically increase water conservation, efficiency and quality. Decisions were based on a conceptual, sustainable return-on-invest­ment idea and a common sense approach to doing the right thing.


The jury said, “ . . . tough building type . . .  honest expression, nothing superfluous, beautifully planned and detailed, appropriate for its program  . . . like restraint, quiet building . . .  much more confident than other buildings that try too hard . . .”.


The building energy demand is now 54% less than the baseline energy model, and PVs generate 26% of the baseline energy demand, resulting in an 80% energy offset.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Responding to the Arcadian quality of the surrounding Stanford Arboretum, the site design brings landscape into the building, appearing more like a clearing in the woods than an urban building with hard edges. It is a critical element of the campus arts district. Architecture and landscape create a series of gathering spaces to the north, west and south, fully engaging the setting.


The jury said, “ . . . elegant proportions . . . nice fit in context of campus . . . well crafted, beautiful materials and simplicity . . .”


The central element is an 842-seat vineyard style concert hall and includes a studio/rehearsal hall, artists’ suites, a music library, instrument storage rooms designed to double as practice rooms, an artists’ lounge and generous public amenities.


The seating sections split into terraces ringing the stage and create an intimate concert experience for both audience and performer.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Superstition Mountain Campus, Central Arizona College

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Superstition Mountain Campus, Central Arizona College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . refreshing . . . outstanding systematic approach . . . sculptural building, wonderful gesture . . . ” new jewel box lays ground for future building sites . . .can change people lives . . . structure expressed in powerful way.”


College Center nearly doubled the square footage of the campus. The building layout was organized with two centers; one center defined by a large folded ceiling that spans open learning spaces with floor to ceiling glass; the second by a group of five science teaching labs with a technical focus. A bridge occupied by offices and lounges links the two centers and provides an academic link between functions.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, John Jay College of Law

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, John Jay College of Law | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The new building symbolizes John Jay’s evolu­tion, doubling the school’s interdisciplinary sciences, transforms the College into a 21st century research institution, and establishes a new identity and civic presence.


The jury said “ . . . great example of excellent university building in difficult dense urban context . . . solves multiple problems and creates new exciting college space in the city. . . . dynamic space . . . challenging site, made a huge impact . . .”


The 625,000-square-foot building integrates all functions of a traditional college campus into a single city block. A 500-foot-long stepped social cascade, initiating at the fifth floor cafeteria and descending four stories to the main student entrance, provides leisure space for social and academic interaction between students, faculty, and administrators.

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This project is at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, an example of a vertical campus theme. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, Tulane University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, Tulane University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Tulane University was dealt a major blow by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused more than $650 million damage to its downtown and uptown campuses. Just days before, equipment was positioned to drive piles for what is now known as Weatherhead Hall. The project went on hold while Tulane repaired damage and created a renewal plan. The university clarified its vision and accelerated plans for undergraduate living and learning.


Weatherhead functions as part of a main campus entry, and builds upon New Orleans vernacular that stems from a strong program model and massing.


The jury said “ . . . it is all about community and gathering space . . . successful . . . friendly . . . under­stated clean plan, good neighbor, and good design elements . . .if every residence did this, it would be great . . . ”

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This faculty residence project is at Tulane University. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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2013— The 'year that online education fell back to earth'?

2013— The 'year that online education fell back to earth'? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In theory, students saddled by rising debt and unable to tap into the best schools would be able to take free classes from rock star professors at elite schools via Udacity, edX, Coursera and other MOOC platforms.


But if 2012 was the "Year of the MOOC," as The New York Times famously called it, 2013 might be dubbed the year that online education fell back to earth. Faculty at several institutions rebelled against the rapid expansion of online learning — and the nation's largest MOOC providers are responding.

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

During the holidays, Eric Westervelt covered the year in online education quite well. Sebastian Thrun: "Online education that leaves almost everybody behind except for highly motivated students, to me, can't be a viable path to education. We look back at our early work and realize it wasn't quite as good as it should have been. We had so many moments for improvement."

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A New Reality— Higher-education lobbyists keep expectations low for 2014

A New Reality— Higher-education lobbyists keep expectations low for 2014 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As legislative sessions begin anew, flat budgets and institutional accountability will dominate the discussion.

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Eric Kelderman writes that "a new reality has set in about what [can be expected] from state" budgets.

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Discussing design models for hybrid/blended learning and the impact on the campus

Discussing design models for hybrid/blended learning and the impact on the campus | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The comments section has many good faculty POVs.:


So we did a little brainstorming. Here are some of things that were suggested in the very short time available (10 minutes or so):

Online

  • foundational knowledge (facts, principles, concepts, ideas, vocabulary, etc.)
  • certain kinds of skills such as knowledge management, knowledge navigation, independent learning, creative writing
  • some elements of clinical practice (e.g. correct procedures, video demonstrations of equipment being used, patient symptoms)

Face-to-face

  • public speaking and facilitation skills
  • consensus-building
  • decision-making
  • problem solving
  • building a closer relationship with/’humanising’ the instructor
  • body language cues from the instructor about what is really important to him/her in the course
  • practical lab skills/operating equipment
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

This post by former SCUP plenary speaker Tony Bates received the 2013 Downes Prize for online learning & distance education resources. SCUPers will find it insightful and practical. At the Downes Prize link there are a number of worthwhile runners-up.

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What Pittsburgh Can Teach The Rest Of The Country About Living Well

What Pittsburgh Can Teach The Rest Of The Country About Living Well | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"A 2013 ranking of "America's Smartest Cities" from Movoto put Pittsburgh in the number one spot out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities. The ranking took into account the number of universities and colleges, libraries, media outlets and museums per person, as well as education level and public school rank. The number of universities in the city was the prime factor that contributed toward its top spot (click here for the full breakdown of the results). Carnegie Mellon University, for instance, is ranked 23rd in U.S. News and World Report's most recent ranking of national universities. Other schools within the city limits include The University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and Carlow University."

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

It's not too early to register for the society's 49th annual conference, which is in Pittsburgh from July 12–16. Join 1,500+ of your peers and colleagues for 2014's premier planning event: SCUP 2013 is Plan to Transform.

Register now or find out more here. After reviewing a record number of proposals, the conference committee has adjusted the session scheduling to fit in an additional 13 sessions this year. #SCUP #SCUP49 #highered

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The Library Has Left the Building, But...

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For anyone still clinging to notions of a library as a dusty repository of dead knowledge, consider this little nugget: On April 16, aka "library snapshot day" at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the library transferred a terabyte of data to users, and its Web site recorded visitors from 98 countries and 45 U.S. states and territories. Even though 16,201 people also entered the university's library facilities that same day, it's safe to say — for the most part — the library has left the building.


"It's not as if we don't have people coming [to the libraries], but the real meat of our connection…is over the network," said Tim McGeary, director of library and information technology at UNC Chapel Hill.

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When asked what the biggest challenge for libraries is, some librarians say that it is the need—and difficulty—of working with or integrating with learning management systems (LMS).
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MOOCs: How did we get here ? by Georges Siemens

Presented to 10th Annual Open Education Conference Park City, Utah

Via Frederic DOMON
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Worthy. From one of the people who coined the term, MOOC.

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U.S. Colleges Finding Ideals Tested Abroad

U.S. Colleges Finding Ideals Tested Abroad | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Universities with programs in countries with autocratic governments are wrestling with how to respond to actions that fly in the face of democratic principles.
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“I think engagement is more important than rules right now,” said Allan Goodman, the president of the Institute of International Education. “It’s in our institute’s DNA to advocate engagement, because that process is what brings change.”

Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, cautioned that universities must be prepared to revoke partnerships that violate basic principles of freedom. “I do see value in liberal education, but you have to ask on what terms,” he said. “If a country like China wants to legitimize a cramped version of liberal education by attracting prestigious Western universities, there’s a real possibility of those universities compromising the values on which they were built because they’re so eager to get into China.”

Some universities, including Columbia, have created study centers rather than branch campuses, in part to avoid commitments that would be hard to break.

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Mikeyy's curator insight, December 19, 2013 10:29 AM

 It is interesting to gather some information of other countries college programs and the different styles of learning they use. CIS120 Michael Gonzalez

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, HEC Montreal

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, HEC Montreal | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Decelles is located in a district where new development is restricted so the school had to look inward for solutions.


Most of the classrooms and the amphitheater on the 3rd and 4th floors were built in the closed-in style of the 70s. They no longer met the needs of the school’s pedagogical requirements, classroom numbers and capacity. The renovation needed to achieve a contemporary intervention with architectural language and up-to-date technology without altering the character of the original building and spatial organization.


Natural and artificial lighting play a major role in the ambiance inside the building. The five bay windows and skylight on the 4th floor are harmonious inserts in the concrete envelope. They stand out with their lightness and simplicity. The generated light gives back life to common spaces and opens new perspectives to the urban landscape.


The jury said, “ . . . very clever . . . another creative example of adding on massive concrete 70s building . . . best example of recent past . . .”

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The application process for the society's 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, University of British Columbia

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Colorado School of Mines

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Colorado School of Mines | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Marquez Hall is the new home of the Petroleum Engineering department, sited to create a vital connection between the existing campus and a future Earth Science Quad. It facilitates connections be­tween students and faculty, departments and disci­plines, campus spaces and the greater geography of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, creates an arrival point to campus from the town of Golden; and provides inviting open space.


The jury said, “ . . . liked the way the building responded to campus context . . . execution is lovely, materials and detailing exemplary . . . design is quite responsive . . .”


The building forms a sunlit southern edge to a new plaza with a public lobby and exhibit spaces. It has three spacial elements: a bar of labs on the north, a bar of faculty offices on the south, and the general classroom wing to the east. Users can easily under­stand and navigate the facility. Interaction between students, faculty and research teams is enhanced.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At Kenyon College, art history forms the bridge between studio practice and the liberal arts curricu­lum. The integrated planning process to create a new Studio Arts Building and new Gallery & Art History Building involved Kenyon administration, faculty and students, and resulted in two distinct, but interre­lated initiatives. Bringing these facilities into the center of campus was a priority.


The building was located on a very prominent site, directly on Middle Path, in the heart of the historic core, to increase the visibility and participa­tion of the arts.


The two-story building with a basement includes a large 6,100 square-foot gallery, a smaller secondary gallery, an entry and lower level lobby for public gatherings, a 136-seat auditorium, classroom, seminar room, curatorial classroom, and a 3,400 square-foot art storage space.


The jury said, “ . . . the way it fits on campus is clear . . . confidence and clarity of materiality . . . forms are crisp . . . building is about art, history of art . . . building is like a piece of pottery or sculpture . . . it may stand the test of time . . . ”

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Accreditors Now Find Themselves Under Critical Review

Accreditors Now Find Themselves Under Critical Review | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Amid higher education's rapid changes, the continuing value of the lengthy, complex accreditation process is raising skeptical questions.
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