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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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College Planners Discuss How They Push for Change

Three podcast interviews by Scott Carlson of:


  • Ira Fink, Fink & Associates (space)
  • Sandy Shugart, president of Valencis College (community colleges)
  • Rob Brodnick, University of the Pacific (strategic planning)
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Northwestern University's Science Complex Campus Tour

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Kate and Jeff check out the fountain at U Chicago Law Building

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How can our courses and teaching capitalize on the benefits of a physical campus?

How can our courses and teaching capitalize on the benefits of a physical campus? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

That's a good question to ask SCUP–47 attendees. This is a provocative, timely piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education:


"Lately, though, I have been pondering a middle way, and slowly forming the conviction that the survival of traditional college campuses—for those of us who deem that survival a good thing—could depend upon our taking fuller advantage of a particular feature of our situation. It's a feature that can never be rendered obsolete or diminished by the rise of new technological innovations: the ground upon which we are standing.


I mean, quite literally, the physical presence of a campus, with all of its built and natural environs, and its location within an equally grounded local city or town."

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Study: For-profit college degrees don’t help grads earn more

Study: For-profit college degrees don’t help grads earn more | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Study: For-profit college degrees don’t help grads earn more...
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Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American

Mixed Signals: Smart Phone Sensors Recruited to Deliver Indoor GPS: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Duke University researchers are developing a mobile app that uses WiFi antennas, cellular radios and other detectors to guide smart phone users...
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Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24

Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence | SCUP in Raleigh, NC, Oct 21–24 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Registration is open for "Innovative Leadership: Examples of Excellence," SCUP's Southern Region's 2012 annual conference, to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 21–24. More here. 


  • August 17 - Scholarship deadline.
  • Take Step I October 21st (It is being held in conjunction with this event. Scholarships are available.)
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Icon or Eyesore? | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine

Icon or Eyesore? | Metropolis POV | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Metropolis examines contemporary life through design--architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.

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Green Building's Growing Pains

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The proliferation of green building standards and evaluations mean more choices about which program to prioritize:


"[T]he very success of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has propelled the nonresidential marketplace into a broad debate over how best to define and verify a building’s 'greenness.'"

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Cut college tuition by getting 4-year degree in 3 years

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Some colleges, mostly small privates, have implemented plans to graduate students in 3 years. Hartwick College is one. Now, Ohio State University has a mandate to phase in 3-year bachelors degree this fall.


"Yet for all its pocketbook appeal, the three-year concept hasn't taken off, particularly at public universities. Legislation in Rhode Island in 2009 and Washington last year encourages public universities to develop three-year options, but no programs have been proposed to date, officials in both states say. State budget challenges have pushed a University of California committee's recommendation to a back burner, says system spokesman Steve Montiel.


At Ohio State University, which must phase in three-year degrees beginning this fall, provost Joe Alutto says a three-year degree may be "misdirected for an institution such as ours." He told legislators last year that students who earned college credit in high school tend to add a minor or second major rather than graduate early."

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TED Blog | Commencement 2012, flipped: Lessons from great grad addresses

TED Blog | Commencement 2012, flipped: Lessons from great grad addresses | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Good coffee break material.

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Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building

Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts plans to break ground for a new $38 million residence hall building in June 2012, with  fast track construction to be completed by July 2013.  This Green building was designed by Boston-based ADD Inc. to meet LEED Certification standards, and will be built by Daniel O'Connell's Sons of Holyoke, Mass. This residence hall will be WPI's fourth LEED-certified building. 


The building's design celebrates the work of Michael Faraday, a British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who lived from 1791 to 1867. Faraday is widely credited as being one of the most influential scientists in history.


Also under construction is a new parking garage featuring the first "rooftop fields" in Massachusetts. The garage will feature rooftop athletic fields for softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, and a variety of other recreational activities. That new facility is projected to open in January 2013, and will include sustainable features such as stormwater recharging, energy efficiency, an electric vehicle charging station, and the use of materials with recycled content; the very nature of the project is an important example of sustainable development in that the land is being used for two purposes under one footprint."

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Early demographic data hints at what type of student takes a MOOC | Inside Higher Ed

Do American MOOCs threaten disruption for international universities?


"The preponderance of international students taking MOOCs, if it persists, could have implications for the strategic directions of their providers. For example, Udacity recently made a deal with Pearson that will enable the young company to use Pearson’s testing centers to administer in-person exams to far-flung students. Pearson owns testing centers in 170 countries


It may turn out that MOOCs from elite U.S. institutions might pose the greatest disruptive threat to foreign universities, says Paul LeBlanc, the president of Southern New Hampshire University. 'It’s a bigger play, perhaps, in Asia than in the U.S.,' he said."

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SCUP 47 Campus Tour Northwestern's Science Complex

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University of Chicago Landscape Tour

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Popular video forecasts the end of traditional higher education

In Bill Sams’ future, only the children of the ultra-wealthy will attend on-campus college courses, the student loan industry will collapse, and Google will build an omniscient online educational system while Apple and Amazon team up to create a...

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The Collaboration Department | Do You Have a Chief Collaboration Officer (CCO)?

Not just IT!



"Technology today is all about facilitating collaboration. Collaboration within and across our institutions. Collaborations around data and ideas. Collaboration on multiple screens on multiple (and mobile devices). Robust collaboration requires communication, flexibility, resiliency, and choice. A collaborative organization provides platforms and tools that allow individuals and groups to connect, build relationships, and form networks. A system built for collaboration pushes people to the front and technology to the rear."


What would be the advantages of re-branding our IT Departments as Collaboration Departments?"

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'Campus mapping is going through an adventurous phase.'

'Campus mapping is going through an adventurous phase.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"What is fascinating, however, is how rarely universities use maps of themselves except as straightforward representations of what is there: surely a peculiar omission when one thinks of the number of geographic and geolocational facilities that universities have and the way that maps have become a crucial part of everyday life (think only of all the mapping apps that are now available covering topics as diverse as running and the location of aeroplanes in the sky), as well as a bulwark of numerous economic and social institutions (think of the way in which electronic maps are being used in the U.S. electoral campaign, for example, or are being used as means of identifying the warp and weft of customers, as in the Carnegie Mellon project Livehoods."

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ptolemy's comment, July 5, 2012 8:49 AM
about time that Universities begin to understand the dynamic rather than static value of maps and the different uses that they can be put to - especially with planning and communication. GIS is a powerful tool for this that a few campuses have been using with remarkable success. Also a great tool to work with communities on. Would be good to see this trend get more traction!
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Selling the College Experience to Students Who Take Classes Online

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A Web-based education need not involve never leaving the house. Who'll be first to offer the best networking amenities?

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Removing Barriers to Integrated Planning | SCUP's North Central Region's 2012 Conference

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Registration is open for "Crossing Boundaries—Making Connections: Removing Barriers to Integrated Planning," SCUP's North Central Region's 2012 annual conference, to be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 7–10. More here.


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Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine

Designing for Creativity | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We asked the author of Imagine:How Creativity Works to help us envision a more perfect workplace environment—one that draws on the lessons of neuroscience, architecture, and city planning to foster innovation and ingenuity.

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Back to the City by Howard Husock - City Journal

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Young millennials prefer urban living, says Alan Ehrenhalt.


Little known past attempts:


"Ehrenhalt tellingly cites how officials in Phoenix strove to create a “network of nine urban villages . . . ringing the city . . . that could have separate identities . . . and a general sense of community that many felt was slipping away.” He continues: “It was an intriguing idea but it was also a huge flop,” noting that a decade later, only a third of area residents even knew the experiment had been tried. Though generally skeptical, Ehrenhalt believes that less prescriptive public policies fare better and often exceed expectations, such as the vast rezoning of New York under Michael Bloomberg, which helped spark a population boom in lower Manhattan, or Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell’s lessening of the tax burden on Center City, which encouraged construction, nightlife, and repopulation."

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Register Today for SCUP–47—last day to ensure your name is in the printed registration list

Register today!

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Ohio State Gets $483 Million Bid for Parking Lease

Ohio State Gets $483 Million Bid for Parking Lease | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"“We can’t go on raising tuition forever. We’re looking at all our assets and asking, ‘If they’re nonessential assets, how can we turn them into revenue?’ ”


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Certificates Make Up 22% of All College Awards; Up From 6% in 1980

"Certificates are the fastest-growing college credential, with a big wage payoff. But earnings mostly go to men, and the certificate remains largely misunderstood in 'completion agenda.'"

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