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SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Honor Award

SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . very compelling, want to be in the spaces. . . richness and layering of edges . . . great example of best use of environment. . . epitomizes town gown issues . . .”

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This project is at the University of Washington, West Campus Housing. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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UP CLOSE | Funding an uncertain future

UP CLOSE | Funding an uncertain future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Almost five years after the onset of the recession, Yale is still facing a projected budget deficit of $40 million. Only about $120 million remain in the University’s rainy-day funds.
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What Strategists Can Learn from Architecture

What Strategists Can Learn from Architecture | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Managers routinely claim that their strategic planning process creates large, detailed documents, but often little else.  It’s as if the process serves no purpose other than to create the plan, and execution is somehow separate.


An approach that we think might work better would be to treat strategy making as if it were a design process. We’re not the first to propose that strategy borrows from design; in HBR articles, Henry Mintzberg drew the analogy with the potter throwing a bowl and Roger Martin has made an explicit connection with design.


But the aspect of design we want to focus on here is a bit different.

The key feature of the design process that interests us is the concept of “levels of design”, a notion that the creation of a design goes through a series of levels of increasing complexity and detail.

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A Computer Academy in France Defies Conventional Wisdom

A Computer Academy in France Defies Conventional Wisdom | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Internet mogul Xavier Niel believes his new college, called 42, will produce graduates who are more employable, but some educators criticize its nontraditional methods.
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Commentary: The New School's Stairmaster

Commentary: The New School's Stairmaster | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Inside are some spectacular rooms, including a wood-paneled, 800-seat auditorium that will become a popular downtown event space. (The New School is the owner of another auditorium, one of the most beautiful in New York, in its art deco Joseph Urban building at 66-76 West 12th Street.) The most interesting feature of the new building is its stairwells. The facility, containing classrooms, a multi-level library, cafeteria, and 146 dormitory suites on its top nine floors, required multiple fire stairs. It also needed large, open stairways that students could use to get from class to class, and which could serve as gathering places (a la the stairwell in Thom Mayne’s Cooper Union building a few blocks away)."

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

This reviewer is critical of the design and its effects on the surroundings. 


The New School, a university that includes the Parsons School of Design, has long operated out of a motley collection of spaces in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Hoping to create a campus center, the school proposed building a 350-foot-tall tower on a site has owned since the 1960s, at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street. A tall, tapered building would have enhanced that crossroads. But facing neighborhood opposition, the school scaled back its plans, ending up with a structure that, at 16 stories and 178 feet, is so squat it looks incomplete—inadvertently suggesting that the institution lacks ambition.

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'I Always Knew I Would Come Back' to Pittsburgh

'I Always Knew I Would Come Back' to Pittsburgh | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Young Pittsburghers today are finding there's no place like home.
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What a great city for the 2014 annual gathering of college and university planners: Plan for Transformation, July 12–16.


Thanks to its relatively low crime rate, affordability, healthy economy, and vibrant restaurant and arts scenes, publications like Forbes and The Economist have labeled Pittsburgh America's "most livable city."

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Action Guide: Exploring Ways to Strengthen Student Support at Your College

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Another great resource via The RP Group.


Interested in using Student Support (Re)defined findings to strengthen student success on your campus? This Action Guide helps college practitioners undertake an inquiry and planning process based on the study’s results. This guide can be utilized to enhance existing campus efforts or facilitate new initiatives.

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3 Reasons Every Academic Should Read 'Double Down'

  1. Being Smart Is Not Near Enough.
  2. We Underestimate the Importance of Low-Probability, High-Impact Events.
  3. We Should Enjoy Ourselves More.
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Double Down is available at Amazon.
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One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco

One man's mission to save City College of San Francisco | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The fate of City College of San Francisco, one of the nation's largest community colleges, rests largely on a state-appointed trustee named Robert Agrella.
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This is a Wall Street Journal article centered on the state-appointed trustee, Robert Agrella, a former community cllege president.

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Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept

Mellon Foundation Puts Millions Into 'Urban Humanities' | Interesting concept | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Backed by $2-million from Mellon, Ms. Cuff and her colleagues are essentially trying to start a small urban-humanities department, which will offer certificates to graduate students. So far, the students hail from history, architecture, urban planning, public policy, philosophy, and geography, among other fields.


"We're all people who are interested in urban issues but are dissatisfied with our own discipline's ability to grapple with those issues," says Jonathan Crisman, project director and a core faculty member in the Urban Humanities Initiative.

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

Thanks to SCUPer Gerry McLaughlin of DePaul University for sharing this, which is of great interest to SCUP members: "The foundation expects to invest up to $15-million in the initial round of projects, which will bring humanities scholars and architects together."

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U.S. Private Colleges Face Enrollment Decline

U.S. Private Colleges Face Enrollment Decline | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Many U.S. private colleges and universities are responding to declining enrollments with closures, layoffs, cutbacks, mergers and new recruitment strategies.
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From 2010 through 2012, freshman enrollment at more than a quarter of U.S. private four-year schools declined 10% or more, according to federal data The Wall Street Journal analyzed. From 2006 through 2009, fewer than one in five experienced a similar decline.

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Education Life: The Disrupters

Education Life: The Disrupters | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Pioneering online upstarts are trying to transform higher education with things like programs intended to make college more affordable and those that dispense with the credit hour and classroom time with a professor in favor of self-paced online...
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Anya Kamenetz writes about these pioneering programs in Education Life, The Times’s quarterly magazine about higher education. It’s part of a package of articles that highlight online experiments, including UniversityNowMinerva and University of the People – intended to make college more affordable as well as more convenient by tapping into web-based technology.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:41 PM

Disruptive new models have parents as well as prospective students looking and reconsidering.   More bloggers are writing  about the problems with large education debt (bankrupcy exempt.)  Economic cycles threaten to turn higher education into high priced vocational schools.


~  Deb

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Boston, March 12–14, 2014 | Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place

Boston, March 12–14, 2014 | Mind the Gap: Linking Mission, Resources, Technology, and Place | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Join hundreds of peer and colleagues in the region's premier planning event of 2014. "The conference theme encourages presentation and discussion of innovative ways to bring these four areas of institutional planning together to ensure better adherence to the strategic campus mission and project goals, and to “Mind the Gap” by creating better planning outcomes."

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

There is no better event in the North Atlantic area. This is the premier planning event in the region.

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Yale's Struggles Signal Broader Challenges Ahead For Colleges

Yale's Struggles Signal Broader Challenges Ahead For Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Harkness Tower, situated in the Memorial Quadrangle at Yale (Photo credit: Wikipedia) For some time, the business model that supports traditional colleges and universities has been breaking.
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For some time, the business model that supports traditional colleges and universities has been breaking.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “It is a university project but also a City of Philadelphia project in terms of its impact and how it extends the city. It gives to the city.”

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This project is at the University of Pennsylvania. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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Essay on changing ideas of time, space and learning in higher ed | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on changing ideas of time, space and learning in higher ed | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

But, unfortunately graduation does not necessarily mean that a student has learned anything. For graduation to be meaningful it must represent measurable, verifiable achievement of specific learning outcomes, a goal toward which many organizations and institutions are working. 

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A nice, fairly comprehensive, and definitely useful description of issues and resources related to student competencies. The author, Alexandra W. Logue, is executive vice chancellor and provost of the City University of New York.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . positive thing for a down and out city . . . sets a precedent of collaboration beyond the boards . . . commendable . . .”

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

This project is at Wayne State University, in Detroit. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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The Colby Life (Colby University, Maine)

Life at Colby in just two minutes. Produced by Milton Guillen '15
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

On the CASE Communications list, a campus video is shared each week. We're going to begin sharing them here, as we receive them.


"Hey all. It's Friday again, so here's another fun video from a campus in Maine. And in case it inspires you, this was created by a student (under the direction of the communications office). Enjoy!"

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We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind

We Need to Design Parking Garages With a Car-less Future in Mind | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Building adaptable structures will save time, money, and material waste.
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There's a growing belief among architects and designers that all urban parking garages should be built with these "good bones," which will allow them to be re-purposed in the future. For a variety of reasons, from higher gas prices to greater densification to better transit options, city residents will continue to drive fewer cars. As a result, we'll eventually require fewer parking lots. The ability to adapt a structure rather than tear it down will save developers time, money, and material waste.


"As the auto culture wanes we're going to have a lot of demolition to do, which is unfortunate," says Tom Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. "If we're going to build these [garages] let's design them in a way that they can have alternative uses in the future. With just a few tweaks that's really possible."

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As veterans' needs change so do college services

As veterans' needs change so do college services | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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The author touches on programs at San Diego Mesa College, Southwestern Illinois College, Voncennes University, Broward College, and Baltimore City Community College. Lots of energy on the ground out there.

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jonathan sanchez's curator insight, February 5, 2015 9:32 AM

As I research my capstone project I am trying to get a tenor for the state of US veterans.

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A Giant Inflatable Plug To Keep Our Subways Dry During Storms

A Giant Inflatable Plug To Keep Our Subways Dry During Storms | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Taller than a double-decker bus the Resilient Tunnel Plug can stop future flood waters from destroying the subways. Its first installation is...
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The Effects of Sequestration Budget Cuts on Private and Public Institutions

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An important and potentially useful study.

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systerwoody's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:44 PM

External-critical issues.

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Held in Reserve

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It might be hard, but academics can be reintegrated into society!
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We like this paragraph:


"Admittedly, the folks I know with Master’s and Doctorate degrees are uniformly unemployed or underemployed. The problem facing PhDs on the outside is all those false notions they and others have about life on the inside. The “ivory tower” cliché is mostly tripe; yeah, they’re a bit weird at times, but academics are professionals like any other and not precious eccentrics unfit for normal life. Too many of them leave the profession with a false notion that they can’t do anything else, forgetting they’ve spent years learning how to conduct research, solve problems, analyze complex systems, communicate powerfully and effectively, edit documents, complete large-scale tasks, motivate others, and think seriously in a focused way through issues that have baffled others before them. In other words, they’d be an asset to most large organizations. Conversely, those companies tend to be fairly myopic when it comes to who and what skills to exploit and how. What is needed, it seems, are headhunters who specialize in making academics into productive members of society. No egghead left behind!"

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Where Millennials Can Make It Now

Where Millennials Can Make It Now | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Towns Luring Back Their Townies

Prototypes:
Cleveland, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Countless trend stories have been written about young, ambitious people flocking to Detroit because it’s cheaper and in need of fresh ideas. But smaller post-industrial cities like Cleveland and Pittsburgh (and its neighboring suburb, Braddock) aren’t under the same spotlight, and most of the young people taking advantage of their virtues are natives. They’ve been there along, reasoning that the economy was too precarious for them to take a risk in a bigger city where had far fewer connections. Or they’ve returned after college or a disappointing stint in a major metropolis, realizing that they need their hometown just as much as their hometown needs them. Albuquerque has been retaining some of its natives, too, especially those who initially flocked to super-pricey California and realized that their quieter, cheaper hometown was the ideal place to ride out the recession.


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SCUP–49, July 2014 is in Pittsburgh.

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Community Colleges Get Strategic About Enrollment

Community Colleges Get Strategic About Enrollment | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

For decades, the community-college sector expanded almost automatically as it helped broaden access to higher education, says Peter S. Bryant, a senior vice president at the consulting firm Noel-Levitz. But waiting for students to show up is no longer enough, says Mr. Bryant, who has seen more business lately from community colleges. "There's a growing realization," he says, "that there has got to be a much more strategic approach."

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

Very important message for community college planners about enrollment.

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