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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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SCUP/AIA-CAE Award-Winning Architecture for a New Building - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building

Honor Award
The University of Calgary for Energy. Environment. Experiential Lea...with DIALOG with Perkins+Will; also Read Jones Christopherson (RJC) Consulting Engineers; Stebnicki + Partners; O2 Planning + Design; Senez Reed Calder

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Rice University for Brockman Hall for Physics with Kieran Timberlake; also Linbeck; Gilbane Building Company; Haynes Whaley Associates; CCRD Partners; Innovate Lab Systems Design; The Office of James Burnett; JE Acoustics; Walter P. Moore; Ulrich Engineers, Inc.; Jackson & Ryan Architects; ARUP; Wilson Consulting, Inc.; Working Buildings; Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.; ASSA ABLOY; Fred Langford Architect

Honor Award
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology for Algonquin Cent... with Diamond Schmitt Architects and Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc., Architects in Joint Venture and EllisDon Corporation; also Halsall Associates; Goodkey Weedmark Consulting Engineers; Alston Associates, Inc.; Delcan Corporation; Gino J. Aiello Landscape Architect; LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd.; Nova Commissioning Services Ltd.; Aerocoustics Engineering Ltd.; Hendrix Restaurant Equipment

Merit Award
The University of Maine at Farmington for the Emery Community Arts ...with designLAB architects; also Allied Engineering; Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers; Fisher Dachs Associates; Acentech; Matthew Cunningham

Merit Award
University of Arizona for Arbol de la Vida Residence Hall with NAC Architecture

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Princeton University for Frick Chemistry Laboratory with Payette; also Hopkins Architects; Turner Construction Company; ARUP; Van Note – Harvey Associates; Nitsch Engineering; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; Acentech; GPR Planners Collaborative Jacobs Consultancy; R.W. Sullivan Engineering



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Planning Article: Residential Common Spaces that Really Work: A Post-Occupancy Study - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Planning Article: Residential Common Spaces that Really Work: A Post-Occupancy Study - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Download the article, "Residential Common Spaces That Really Work: A Post-Occupancy Study," by Julia Nugent, of HMFH Architects. It is available here only through next Thursday, November 1 only.


Nugent tells the story of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA), the entity that plans, designs, finances, and constructs all of the student life facilities for the system’s nine campuses, which decided it needed to find out. "The MSCBA launched the Residential Common Space Study to evaluate 15 of its new or newly renovated residential buildings and characterize in quantitative and qualitative terms the buildings’ public spaces and their effect on residential communities. In short, the MSCBA sought guidelines for common space programming and design that could be readily duplicated in upcoming projects."

Then she shares her observations, as a partner in the process, about some really practical observations and conclusions in a variety of realms:


  • Proximity, visibility, and openness;
  • Multiple activities in one space; and
  • More.


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Forever? Will your campus still exist in 2040? SCUPers seem to think so.

Forever? Will your campus still exist in 2040? SCUPers seem to think so. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

U Minnesota visiting scholar Michael Haggans was at the recent SCUP North Central 2012 Conference. He's shared a blog post about his experience, in the Planning for Higher Ed Mojo. He begins:


At recent SCUP conference at the University of Illinois, I asked attendees to tell me why their campus will or will not exist in 2040.  Only one said their campus would disappear - as it morphed into a “multi-purpose and dynamic innovation/business and research park”.

All the rest said their campus would survive – at least until 2040.  The reasons fell into four categories.

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Blue Systems: Toward a Better Campus Water Aesthetic - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Blue Systems: Toward a Better Campus Water Aesthetic - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In Blue Systems: Toward a Better Campus Aesthetic, authors Jeffrey L. Bruceand Frank Edgerton Martin utilize integrated water management planning case studies of the University of Wisconsis-Madison and the University of Lousville, to draw a comprehensive picture of the value of such integration. The article is worthwhile aesthetically, practically, and also as an aid to vision. We especially like the phrase "blue and green design."


Available to nonmembers only through Thursday!

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Is a New ‘Gold Standard’ Needed for the Student Credit Unit? - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Jane Wellman, is the executive director of the National Association of System Heads, and the founding director of the Delta Cost Project.  In 2003, she joined Tom Ehrlich and a team of researchers on a national study of uses and alternatives to the student credit hour: "How the Student Credit Hour Shapes Higher Education:  The Tie That ... ."

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What is your campus doing for veterans? - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities recently completed a 2012 re-do of a survey first conducted in 2008. They survey found an increase in veteran support services.

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Tenth Annual Campus Sustainability Day - SCUP New England Regional Video Panel at 1 pm today

Tenth Annual Campus Sustainability Day - SCUP New England Regional Video Panel at 1 pm today | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Campus Sustainability Day Events Tuesday at 1 pm, regionally-focused SCUP North Atlantic area local Campus Sustainability Day webcast, led by Rick Martin of Syracuse University

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How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space

How Urban Parks (Campuses) Enhance Your Brain: Importance of Open Space | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A break from the bustle of the city can do your mind good, recent research shows.


Interesting research at the University of Michigan demonstrates better memory retention from talking a walk to clear one's head; and much better retention from talking a walk in a park.

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The Triple Helix Framework for Regional Development & Strategic Doing

The Triple Helix Framework for Regional Development & Strategic Doing | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Indiana University Kokomo Regional Transformation Initiative is needed, according to IU Kokomo's chanceller Michael Harris, because "In light of the many economic challenges, it is our mission and obligation to offer hope, be forward looking, optimistic and work toward a future in abundance. A necessary condition is that higher education must embrace a leadership role in regional transformation. 


While finding out more about the triple helix (institutions, governments, businesses) initiative—for which IUK received a 2012 University Economic Development Association Award of Excellence in Leadership and Collaboration—we discovered the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD).


The PCRD is about "strategic doing"—which is a response to the question, "[H]ow do we think and act strategically in open, loosely joined networks?" If your institution is taking a look a leading a regional planning initiative, we're sure this will be one of your resources.

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Lane Community College’s Student Success Leadership Team: A Hybrid Organizational Mechanism for Implementing Ambitious Strategic Directions

Lane Community College has a reputation for innovation, so it's not surprising to find it as the subject of this League for Innovation Leadership Abstract by Sonya Christian, executive vice president and chief academic officer, Lane Community College, explaining the integrated nature of Lane's SSLT. She begins, " Extending the learning college paradigm to its own organizational structure, Lane’s SSLT operates like an air traffic control center, tracking the development of related initiatives, grants, and projects whose purpose is to move the dial on student achievement. Part research collective, part leadership team, part communications hub, and part collaborative change agent, SSLT has supported a widespread cultural shift at the college with student success at the center."


"As communications hub and means for dissemination of research and innovation, the hybrid structure of SSLT has been very effective. In addition, a tone of respect and common purpose has developed among members who have come to know the value of each other’s work in a deeper way. SSLT has become what Parker Palmer called a “subject centered” educational space, where members’ contributions can be recognized, where collective conversations help solve problems, and where redesign efforts lead to new interventions."

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'The only really necessary people in the education process now are the professor and the student.' - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

'The only really necessary people in the education process now are the professor and the student.' - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In addition to managing SCUP's Mojo, we're also taking another MOOC, The Current/Future State of Higher Education 2012 (CFSHE12). It's being managed by the fellow who made the short MOOC video that we hope you have already watched, George Siemens. The quote above is from Jeffrey Selingo, of The Chronicle of Higher Education, quoted by a graduate student from a lecture by Selingo. The graduate student, Scott Studham, is also taking the #CFHE12 MOOC, and is posting his notes for others in the MOOC to see. The slide at the right, and the following lists, are also from those notes.

Most at risk in coming disruption:  
    Commodity courses
    The bundled one-size-fits-all experience
    The credential.
 
The least at risk in coming disruption:  
   Maturing students, 
   Research,  
   Student Professor relationship.
We plan to mine the CFHE12 MOOC for relevant content to share with SCUPers during our Change-Disruption Mojo in January–March 2013.
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Emery Community Arts Center | SCUP Award-Winning Community Space - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Emery Community Arts Center | SCUP Award-Winning Community Space - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The University of Maine at Farmington received a 2012 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award for its Emery Community Arts Center.


What do you think about this space in relation to the ACUI Summit's report, and the Utah experiential building article? (Those articles are available here, but only until Friday for non-SCUP members.)



In addition to creating community between the campus and its surroundings, the interior is designed to accommodate many informal interactions.

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Building Communities of Practice in Higher Ed - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Building Communities of Practice in Higher Ed - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In her post titled Building Communities of Practice in Higher Ed she describes a visit to UNT by Milton Cox of Miami University, who "shared suggestions on how to 'mind the gap(s)' in higher education and consider the broken spaces between our current disciplines, departments and silos on campus."


It's a very interesting perspective on practical, cross-silo connection for campus students, faculty, and staff who need to work together. Here are some suggestions she gathered about setting up Faculty Learning Committees:

  • size: 8-12 faculty, professionals, Administrators, TAs, students
  • voluntary membership by application
  • Affiliate patterns: consultants, mentors, student associates
  • multidisciplinary and from different departments
  • encourage participant curiosity
  • allow for richness of innovations
  • permitted relief from dysfunctional units
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SCUP/IA-CAE Award-Winning Renovation, Adaptive Re-use, Additions, and Campus Heritage - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

SCUP/IA-CAE Award-Winning Renovation, Adaptive Re-use, Additions, and Campus Heritage - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse

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The University of Pittsburgh for Chevron Chemistry Annex with Wilson Architects, Inc.; also Renaissance 3 Architects, P.C. (R3A); Affiliated Engineers Metro DC, Inc.; Barber & Hoffman, Inc.; Brown Sardina, Inc.; Mascaro Construction Company

Honor Award
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law for Renovation an... with Ratcliff; also Hargreaves Associates; Rutherford & Chekene; Sherwood Design Engineers; Taylor Engineering; Huey  Engineering; O’Mahony & Myers; Auerbach Glasow French; Loisos + Ubbelohde; Smith Fause & McDonald; Propp + Guerin; TEECOM Design Group; Webb Design; Pitfield & Associates; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Simon & Associates; Underwood & Rosenblum; Emily Borland Specifications; Davis Langdon; Hunt Construction Group

Merit Award
Emerson College for The Paramount Center with Elkus Manfredi Architects; also Silverman Associates; BOND; Ammann & Whitney; Vanderweil Engineers; Auerbach – Pollock – Friedlander; Acentech; Cline, Bettridge, Bernstein; Haley & Aldrich; Nitsch Engineering; Lerch Bates & Associates; Sussman/Prejza; EverGreene Painting Studios; Jack Fogg; Norton S. Remmer; Hughes Associates, Inc.

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation

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Boston College for Gasson Hall with Shawmut Design and Construction; also McGinley Kalsow & Associates, Inc.; Perry and Radford Architecture; Phoenix Bay State Construction Co., Inc.

Merit Award
Massachusetts Institute of Technology for Fariborz Maseeh Residence... with Miller Dyer Spears Inc.; also Shawmut Design and Construction; R.W. Sullivan and Associates, Inc.; Souza, True and Partners, Inc.; Michael Immel Landscape Architect; Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc.; Preservation Technologies Associates, Inc.; Light This; Samiotes Consultants, Inc.; Hughes Associates; Ricca Newmark; The Green Engineer


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Planning Article: Trends in Undergraduate Student Housing: Process and Product - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

Planning Article: Trends in Undergraduate Student Housing: Process and Product - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Trends in Undergraduate Student Housing: Process and Product," by Rena Cheskis-Gold and Alexandra Delaney Danahy, of Demographic Perspectives.


There are really good data, and observations, shared in this article. Plus lots of images and charts and tables. Download it here.


The authors finish with questions for you: "Do the trends presented here resonate with your experiences on the campuses you know?, If you have examples of the trends we discussed that you would like to share—photos or descriptions—we would be pleased to add them to our collection. If your housing is entirely different from that described here, we would be interested to hear about that, too."

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2012 Campus Sustainability Day - New England Area - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

2012 Campus Sustainability Day - New England Area - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Our 60-minute video reveals what campus experts—students, faculty, and staff, each represented—know about what campuses need to be ensuring students learn about sustainability.

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Colorado study shows that taking basic science classes on line in community college does not adversely affect later academic performance - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

In WCET's "Frontiers: Trekking through the e-learning policy and practice wilderness,"  Rhonda Epper, Assistant Provost at the Colorado Community College System and past chair of the WCET Executive Council, writes about a recent study of WCET's students:


The first part of the study looked at online and traditional students only within the community college system.  The greatest difference between students in the online versus traditional science courses were with grades earned in those specific science courses.  Students in traditional Biology and Chemistry classes received, on average, higher course grades than students in online classes.  Grades earned in Physics were similar for both online and traditional students.  In spite of lower grades in Biology and Chemistry classes, the online students had either very similar or slightly higher overall GPAs than students completing these courses in traditional classrooms.  Furthermore, the online students in all three science disciplines had similar or higher cumulative credit hours earned than their traditional counterparts. 

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MOOC Week 4—Assessment and the Outdoor Campus Environment: Using a Survey to Measure Student Satisfaction with the Outdoor Physical Campus - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

MOOC Week 4—Assessment and the Outdoor Campus Environment: Using a Survey to Measure Student Satisfaction with the Outdoor Physical Campus - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In Assessment and the Outdoor Campus Environment, Erica Eckert  mines her PhD dissertation research to create and share a new, potentially useful tool with SCUP members. Her survey of 8,000 students on eight large, public Ohio institutions, has resulted in an analysis and benchmarking tool that could be of value to many campus planners.

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Polytech Renaissance | The Rise of the Polytechnic University - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

James Martin and James E. Samelson are authors of The Sustainable University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). Martin is a professor of English at Mount Ida College (Mass.) and Samels is president and CEO of The Education Alliance.


In this brief piece from University Business magazine, they synopsize the history and future of polytechnicss, using some rising stars to make their point about "the quiet renaissance occurring at institutions where the captains of engineering innovation are educated in the new global economy."

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A CFO's look at planning a shared facility between Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University

A CFO's look at planning a shared facility between Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo is a social network...


Based on a shared goal of easing students’ transition between Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University, the institutions embarked on a jointly owned multimillion-dollar building. A detailed commingling model melds the activities of each institution into a seamless unit.

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Cornell Unveiling Plans for Roosevelt Island Tech Center

Cornell Unveiling Plans for Roosevelt Island Tech Center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We're watching this with great interest.


"Some of the renderings to be released Monday show a glassy, five-story academic center designed by the architect Thom Mayne. It will have only six classrooms and be filled instead with open spaces and small “huddle rooms” for breakaway discussion, said Ung-joo Scott Lee of Mr. Mayne’s firm, Morphosis Architects.


The building, according to the architects and university officials, will be a “net zero” building, producing as much energy as it consumes. A canopy of photovoltaic cells for solar power undulates over the top, and plans are being considered to have wells harvesting geothermal energy and to work with companies currently experimenting with submerging turbines in the East River to gather energy from the current.

Cornell NYC Tech, as the new campus is to be called, is “the first graduate research institution where someone is trying to design it from the ground up in the information age,” Daniel P. Huttenlocher, its dean, said.        

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'Technology spending can constantly increase and still not seem like enough.'

"High Tech, High Stakes," is the title of a University Business article by Nancy Gunza, in which she makes the case that business officers should be paying a lot of attention to information technology planning. Along the way, he impliedly makes the case for overall integrated planning. "Every school's strategic plan embraces bold institutional and transformational goals that can be achieved only by leveraging IT resources. Attracting and retaining students and faculty requires a commitment to maintaining and sometimes leading innovations in educational delivery systems. The business officer needs to be in sync with strategic plans and how they relate to IT functions and priorities in order for the institution to thrive and evolve.


"From designing experimental classrooms for instructional technology to considering what kinds of mobile devices to use for information distribution, institutions continue to press forward with information technology applications. "People often don't realize," wrote Stephens, "that the infrastructure and security issues involved in providing such [things as] mobile services are significant. But that fact doesn't mean the demand will go away or that we can ignore it."


Meanwhile, colleges and universities already have fleets of professionals dedicated to filling technology demands, so why should a chief business officer focus specifically on IT? The typical answer is simple: Information technology is central to the institution's strategic vision, compliance issues, financial reporting, and internal controls. But, when you consider the fact that EDUCAUSE reported in its October 2011 Core Data Service Report that median central IT spending per institutional FTE ranged from $562 in associate's institutions to $2,051 in private doctoral institutions, it's clear that technology already has a front-row seat at the strategy table.


What's more, access to the latest technology has become a critical factor in the educational experience for students."

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Re-thinking Revenue: As state appropriations continue to erode, public universities are re-envisioning their revenue streams

One of our favorite higher education writers, Stephen G. Pelletier, takes on a big-picture look at the evolution of institutional revenue streams (PDF). He's writing in Public Policy, the magazine of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).


"One university bought a conference resort. Another is building biomass facilities that generate energy. Yet another might expand its renowned food service operation to also serve other institutions.

Three different institutions, three quite different activities. Look beyond the differences, though, and several common themes emerge. Each activity can generate revenue. Each is fundamentally entrepreneurial. And none is predicated on state funding.

In the greater landscape of public colleges and universities, these three activities may be exceptions that prove a rule. Certainly not every AASCU institution could or should buy a hotel, build a biodigester or franchise its food service. Still, these three examples underscore an emerging principle of the “new normal,” which is that today, every public college and university needs to think anew—and broadly, creatively and entrepreneurially—about how to generate income."
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Better Block | Community, Engagement, Innovation - SCUP's Planning for Higher Ed Mojo

"Dozens of college students, including three vanloads from Kansas State University ... used imagination coupled with elbow grease and donated materials to demonstrate how Grand could look and feel if it was a more urbane street. 

Rolling out stretches of coiled burlap to establish temporary curbs, they narrowed the width of what's now a boring runway for traffic from six lanes to three. The areas recaptured from cars were then decorated with donated potted trees, shrubs and flowers so people could actually feel the experience of wider sidewalks ... and even a temporary bus shelter that was so convincing that buses began stopping there to pick up passengers." (emphasis added)


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Campus Development News | Buildings & Grounds

Campus Development News | Buildings & Grounds | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Lots of good links this week at Buildings & Grounds:


• Coalition Backs Big Borrowing Measure, 1st in 24 Years, for New Jersey Colleges

• Golfers Jeer U. of Montana for Plans to Build on 9-Hole Course

• St. Leo U. Buys Benedictine Sisters’ Monastery for $3.9-Million

• RU Hungry? Because Rutgers U. May Move Its Food Trucks

The U. of Oregon is preparing to open the $65-million, 103,000-square-foot Lewis Integrative Science Building. The building, connected to others in the university’s science complex, features open labs, offices for faculty members and graduate students, and an atrium with a three-story whiteboard to encourage “cross-pollination,” university officials say. The building is designed to earn LEED platinum certification. (U. of Oregon photo)

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