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Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path

Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The "Starpath" absorbs sunlight during the day and glows with a supernatural-looking topaz aura at night."

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We bet that there will be at least one US campus with a path like this by October 2014!

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Florida Higher Education Spectator

Florida Higher Education Spectator | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A FREE daily email (M-F) containing news and information about FL Higher Ed. #FLHE
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SCUPers in the Southern Region may appreciate this blog.

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Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement

Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement is a refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of community engagement.
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Nice issue, VOL 6 (2013):


This volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement features articles notable for the complexity of the collaborative work described, as well as a fine-grained attentiveness to questions of perspective, participation and governance. The authors of Experiences of participation in community-based research decision-making explore how community members may weigh up their involvement in terms of risk, and their reflections resonate with ideas raised in Levels and networks in community partnerships, in which aspirations toward an ‘ideal’ level A engagement are tempered by an appreciation for the way in which different partnerships exist in a networked, interdependent relationship. 
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The latest on the developing college ratings system

The Obama administration expects to have a first draft of its college rating system by this spring, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday.

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More work for planners.

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4-year degree at 2-year prices urged

4-year degree at 2-year prices urged | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Community college students could complete their four-year university degree at two-year college prices under a recommendation approved Tuesday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. ...


The proposal was included in systemwide operating budget recommendations for the 2014-16 biennium that total about $381.4 million in new spending from the state’s general fund.

In its capital outlay budget, SCHEV is recommending more than $98.1 million for maintaining facilities rather than building new ones.


While there “may be isolated projects that really need to go forward, which we understand,” the first priority should be maintenance, SCHEV Director Peter Blake said.

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Note the emphasis on deferred maintenance.

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Maree Conway's curator insight, November 1, 2013 1:42 AM

The shape of university programs is shifting...slowly, but shifting.

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Spaces for Making the Process of Learning Transparent for Faculty at Purdue University | Learning Spaces Collaboratory

Spaces for Making the Process of Learning Transparent for Faculty at Purdue University | Learning Spaces Collaboratory | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

4:00 p.m. EST
(Webinar will last about 1 hour)

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The LSC's forthcoming document is a tremendous tool for everytone involved in learning space design.

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Businesses turn to local universities for customized degree programs

Businesses turn to local universities for customized degree programs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Customization is entering a new arena in higher education. After designing an MBA degree specifically to help Spectrum Health develop a new generation...
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The Humbling of a Would-Be Disruptor

The Humbling of a Would-Be Disruptor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Free for 24 hours. Paul Freedman's Ivy Bridge College pushed the limits of what the traditional regulatory system allows, and the system pushed back.
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"And with what Mr. Freedman calls "the humility of experience," he now acknowledges that he built Altius with "some arrogance" about what it could achieve." And there's a lot more arrogance out where that came from.

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Online course providers increasingly using the term 'learning experience'

"As ed tech companies and universities search for the most effective way to teach students online, some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education. Enter the “learning experience” -- a term being used to describe a module of higher education not anchored to a specific place or time."

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

Worthy of a quick read, if you can handle the distraction of the thoughts it provokes.

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lorrinda's curator insight, November 7, 2013 7:00 AM

higher education not anchored to a specific place or time is a game-changer for making learning more accessible.

Steve Klien's curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:13 PM

Online course not a "course?"

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In Memoriam

Larry Fournier, retired principal of Rutherford & Chekene in San Francisco, died on September 20, 2013, of cancer.

 

William C. Turner, director, office of capital projects with the University of New Mexico-Main Campus in Albuquerque, NM, died on September 24, 2012. 

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Trends in Project Delivery—Methods to Maximize Value

Trends in Project Delivery—Methods to Maximize Value

November 1, 2013 | Portland State University | Portland, OR

https://www.scup.org/page/regions/pa/2013/one-day/20131101

Register Now!   Onsite registration WILL NOT be available

Photos: left, Portland State University, Symposium location; right, ASRC Recreation Center, scheduled tour

 

Portland State University

Traditional Design-Bid-Build was the predominant delivery model for public and private institutions for many decades.  While it is still the basis for most construction contracts, it is hardly the norm.  Colleges and universities are utilizing a variety of alternative models including CM/GC (CM at Risk), Design-Build, IPD, Public-Private Partnerships, and hybrid strategies that take the best aspects of each to customize procurement to try to maximize value.  While almost all institutions are experimenting with one form or another of alternate delivery, this movement is often happening at the individual campus level. 

 

On November 1, SCUP will host the Pacific Regional Symposium at Portland State University gathering planners and leaders from institutions across the country to discuss what is working and why.  Five presenters will each discuss case studies highlighting one or more alternative delivery strategies that they have used to maximize value for their institution.  The Symposium will begin with an overview of the various delivery methods that are being used and culminate with a panel discussion discussing advantages and lessons learned that they have encountered.  Please join us for the Symposium followed by a tour of the recently completed ASRC Recreation Center delivered with the design-build model.

 

Symposium Speakers

 

George Austin
Project Manager
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

 

Ron Blaj
Director of Capital Projects and Construction
Portland State University

 

Jack Cleary
Associate Vice President, Academic Projects & Operations
Stanford University

 

John Finke
Program Manager and Team Leader

NDC HEDC Public-Private Partnerships
National Development Council

 

Paul M. Leef
Campus Architect & Director, Planning Design & Construction
University of Colorado Boulder

 

Robynne T. Parkinson
Attorney
Thaxton Parkinson PLLC

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The U.S. Public School System Is Becoming The Land of The Poor

The U.S. Public School System Is Becoming The Land of The Poor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In vast swaths of America, the conversion of the "public" school system into a separate and unequal educational system catering to the poor and powerless is almost complete.
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The Devil's in the Performance-Based Details

The Devil's in the Performance-Based Details | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act offers a chance for bold action, says the president of Loyola University, urging a recognition of institutional diversity among the measures for federal funding: "They lump us all together—two-years, four-years, private, public, and for-profit—because they do not see us distinguishing ourselves on issues of cost, waste, and access."


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Ready, Fire, Aim: The College Campus Gun Fight

Ready, Fire, Aim: The College Campus Gun Fight | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"One side views guns as essential to personal freedom, while the other side insists they are instruments for mayhem and violence. … Every gun control proposal is an occasion for pitched battles, with the stakes portrayed as nothing less than the future of life, liberty and justice. (Winkler, 2011b)


Twenty years ago, any discussion about permitting guns on college campuses would have provoked as much laughter as shock. Yet by 2012, guns were allowed on 200 public campuses in six states. That number appears certain to increase; in 2011 alone, bills to permit guns on campus were introduced in 23 state legislatures. Although most of these bills failed, some were carried over to the following legislative term.


Their proponents tend to be persistent, and we can expect bills similar to these to be re-introduced in future years. Guns may be coming soon to a campus near you—perhaps to your own."

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Robert Birnbaum concludes: "The country is filled with guns, guns exist on college campuses, and there doesn't appear to be much that can be done to completely eradicate them. But it may be that, under most circumstances, institutions can live with them."

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America's Ugliest College Campuses

America's Ugliest College Campuses | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
These college campuses emphasize brains over beauty.
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"[I]f you’re choosing a college based on looks alone, you’re probably doing it wrong."

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This Gorgeous Campus Is The World's Largest Women's University--And It's In Saudi Arabia

This Gorgeous Campus Is The World's Largest Women's University--And It's In Saudi Arabia | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Up to 60000 women could eventually enroll at PNU though their job prospects after graduation still leave something to be desired.
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"Gorgeous" is the right word. "The 32-million square foot campus contains sports facilities (where students can attend female-only sporting events in addition to participating in athletic activities), a medical center, a health sciences and research center, and a K-12 school. While it was designed for an initial enrollment of 25,000, the university has the capacity to take up to 60,000 students--more than the total number of female postsecondary students in the country as of 2009."

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HBCU Presidents— “It’s a tough climate right now.”

HBCU Presidents— “It’s a tough climate right now.” | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Only three months into the academic year and headlines have been littered with announcements about HBCU leadership turnover. There have been a plethora of reasons, including university presidents being fired, being encouraged to leave their posts by their boards of trustees or opting for retirement. Gone are the days of decades of top-down leadership, now replaced by a need for charismatic personalities who are well-skilled at fundraising while navigating internal needs and external stakeholders, as well as politics and long-standing traditions.


The burning question that remains is about the fate of HBCUs and how to stop the trend that’s making it difficult for presidents to lead.

“If you look at the landscape now for all of us, it’s a tough landscape,” said Hampton University president, Dr. William R. Harvey. “There are a number of factors impacting all HBCUs, including the federal government debacle on the Parent Plus Loan situation, [and] support is down for Title III, which strengthens HBCUs. All of the support for HBCUs across the board is down. In addition, there are some institutions that don’t have enough students there.

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Look for a related SCUP white paper coming soon.

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State unveils web page for college-value effort

State unveils web page for college-value effort | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Ohio Board of Regents has added a new page to its Web site to highlight a new statewide effort led by retired Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee to improve the quality and value of Ohio's many colleges.


The site will provide update information on the initiative, as well as serve as a outlet for individuals who want to submit their own ideas on how schools can better balance cost, quality and access. Gee and Regents Chancellor John Carey will review the recommendations.


[Gee and Carey] will travel the state in the months ahead, vising with college and university students, presidents, professors and other staff. A schedule of stops will be posted on the webpage as it becomes available. “This is a collaborative effort to address one of the most pressing issues of our time, and we want to hear from you,” Gee said.

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They're taking this seriously.

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U-M, MSU and WSU faculty discuss collaboration on community engagement

U-M, MSU and WSU faculty discuss collaboration on community engagement | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Each year thousands of students, staff and faculty from Michigan universities conduct research, provide expertise and supply person power to partner with community organizations throughout the state.
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World Campus drives Penn State enrollment to all-time high | Penn State | CentreDaily.com

World Campus drives Penn State enrollment to all-time high | Penn State | CentreDaily.com | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Penn State’s enrollment has increased to an all-time high of 98,000 students, and the jump over last year was fueled by growth in the university’s online education system, the World Campus.
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How is your campus embracing online education?

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Inside Look: Libraries

Inside Look: Libraries | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Heading to the campus library used to mean needing serious study silence or a spot for solitary scholarly pursuits.
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Blurbed, "While still a place where one can study, today’s campus libraries are active spaces that offer so much more," this excellent overview of current libraries, including excellent images, is another great article from Melissa Ezarik.

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SCUP Pacific Region's '360 News'

SCUP Pacific Region's '360 News' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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This adjustable block of content is "pinned" to stay in this ULH position.


It explains what this is, has core regional content and links to all sorts of things. 

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Discover NEW MODELS (of Integrated Planning)

SCUP 2014 Pacific Regional Conference

Discover NEW MODELS (of Integrated Planning)

March 23–26, 2014 | Loews Hollywood Hotel | Hollywood, CA

http://www.scup.org/page/regions/pa/2014

 

Save the date!  

The Pacific Region Conference is set for March 23rd through the 26th.  This year’s conference will be held in beautiful Hollywood, California at the Lowes Hotel.  We are very excited to introduce a new schedule and format.  With over 13 million people and more than 100 Universities and Colleges of higher education in the greater metropolitan area, this vibrant community will be an ideal learning environment for our study.  

 

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.  The SCUP 2014 Pacific Regional Conference will be held in beautiful warm and sunny Southern California in late March and we’re doing something different with the schedule.  Not only will we hold tours of major universities and colleges in the greater LA area the weekend before, but we will also have tours and workshops interspersed throughout the conference.  Imagine going to a contributed paper session on a topic in the morning then seeing the results on that campus in the afternoon?  And if you don’t want to go on a tour, we will hold on-site (free) workshops and extended sessions during the conference plus feature networking opportunities.  We will also have information on other on-your-own optional activities in the area, many of which are accessible via subway!

 

The architecture is tremendous and varied as sampled on the walking architectural tour of downtown L.A., home of the Disney Concert Hall.  Come early and tour the Getty or the other museums or take in a top-name show at the Hollywood Bowl (a short walk from the conference hotel).  Immerse yourself in the movie studios and perhaps take in a big-time movie world premiere!  After all… we are staying in the hotel that hosts the Academy Awards! 

 

We are also offering tours of different types of institutions:

 

  • LARGE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES
  • SMALL PRIVATE COLLEGE CAMPUSES
  • COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES

 

Make plans NOW to come out to Hollywood in March!

Registration for the conference is now open.  Please keep your eyes on the website for information on the wide array of tours being planned.  Pre-registration for the tours will be required.

 

Deadline to submit your proposal has been extended to October 18!

There are only days left for you to submit your proposals. At the request of our membership, the deadline has been extended to October 18th.  Please consult the SCUP website for information on how to have your proposal considered.

 

This year’s theme focuses on integrated planning and the positive affect on each of our disciplines.  Share with us what you've been doing to create new models of integrated planning (e.g., Institutional Direction, Academic, Facilities, Resource & Budget Planning, etc.) at your SCUP 2014 Pacific Regional Conference in Hollywood, CA.

We seek quality proposals from educational institutions and their partners for inclusion in the conference program. We are especially interested in:

  • Campus examples of effective integrated planning—academic, financial, operational and physical
  • A recent project that demonstrates new approaches to planning
  • An innovative approach to addressing planning challenges
  • Experience in partnering across disciplines or with other outside entities for improved outcomes
  • A new process that is replicable and scalable
  • Innovations in new project/program delivery methods
  • Projects that demonstrate effective change management
  • Creative approaches and solutions to long-standing challenges
  • Lessons learned from both successful and challenging planning processes
  • … or other examples of implementation of creative approaches to problem solving using integrated planning methods that may be of interest to your colleagues

Don't miss this great opportunity to share with your colleagues what new models you've created!

Learn more and submit your proposal today.

 

Conference scholarships available

Participation of institutional members at the SCUP regional conferences and events is a high priority for the SCUP region. We recognize the financial hardships experienced by institutions of higher education in the current fiscal environment. In order to provide support to members interested in continuing their professional training and development and to promote participation in regional activities, the SCUP Pacific Council has set aside scholarship funds to defray the cost of attending the 2014 conference.  The deadline for a full Conference Scholarship is 11:59 PM EST, January 20, 2014. Apply now at https://www.scup.org/page/regions/pa/2014/scholarship.

 

Pacific Region Schedule:  At-A-Glance

 

 

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Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture

Why Our Brains Love Curvy Architecture | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
People are far more likely to call a room beautiful when its design is round instead of linear. The reason may be hard-wired into the brain.
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David, Goliath, Gladwell, Analytics | Inside Higher Ed

"Higher ed failed Caroline.  (And all the other Caroline's that start out wanting to do STEM and end up not being able to finish the major that they want).

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