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We've been following this, most recently with a post in SCUP Email News about Mesa, Arizona promoting itself as a mecca for branch campuses, due to Arizona's relative paucity of small colleges.
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An interesting question about liberal arts education in Hong Kong, just in time for the first-ever meeting of Higher Education Planners Asia (HEPA) occurring, in Hong Kong, in conjunction with SCUP's Pacific Regional Conference iat Stanford University: http://www.scup.org/PA2012-SM.
UVA's OpenGrounds must have had an interesting planning process:
"Hoping to encourage more interdepartment work without creating a flurry of new centers, Virginia is launching OpenGrounds. The network provides resources for both short- and long-term academic partnerships while giving Virginia the versatility to focus on the best research. A quick search of Virginia's directory reveals about 90 centers that appear to have some research orientation. Those numbers certainly aren't unique to Virginia, but the hope is that OpenGrounds will foster other kinds of collaborations.
“It remains nimble rather than what often happens where things develop an infrastructure and are there forever whether they’re needed or not,” said William Sherman, the director of OpenGrounds and Virginia’s associate vice president for research.After 18 months of planning, OpenGrounds will begin in earnest next week when it opens on-campus space for collaborators to meet. Researchers will maintain their office and labs in their home departments, but can use the OpenGrounds office for discussion or planning."
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A really nice review with plenty of application to campus planning.
"Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development. Here are our picks for the most notable planning trends of the past year, and the topics that we’ll be paying special attention to in 2012.
A survey of the last year’s planning and development landscape reveals that the fallout from the economic downturn and housing crisis are still being felt. Not only have the repercussions given planners and designers an occasion to reconsider fundamental questions regarding suburban development patterns and the “American Dream” of homeownership, they also provide an opportunity for local governments to rethink how they provide services in a new economic era. With a presidential election looming this year, we’re sure to see more reflection on the urban policies of the Obama Administration, and the politicization of urban issues continue to intensify."
Sustainability at Allegheny College is a community endeavor that is as much about responsibility as it is about fun. In collaboration with the American Colle...
This is an example of how sustainability planning is institutionalizing integrated planning across units and departments:
"Sustainability at Allegheny College is a community endeavor that is as much about responsibility as it is about fun. In collaboration with the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, we’ve pledged to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2020. To meet this goal we’ve integrated sustainability principles into budgets, daily operations, job descriptions, purchasing and contract policies, and our Strategic Plan. Students explore and advance sustainability in interdisciplinary curriculum; innovative research such as aquaponics and wind feasibility studies; collaborations with the City of Meadville and local schools; and extracurricular activities such as the annual October Energy Challenge and the Trashion Show."
Jeff Selingo in The Chronicle:
"We’ve seen in the disruption of other information industries in recent years that change has resulted in the decline of the middleman—record companies, newspapers, and book publishers. The relationship is increasingly between the producer (in the case of higher ed, the professor) and the consumer (the student). It makes physical campuses and institutions less important, at least to those students who need to move around."
The fact that higher education has become such a salient issue in Indiana speaks to the changing times and the urgency of increasing credentials in a state that ranks 42nd in educational attainment and 41st in income per capita, Lubbers said.
“When you look at a knowledge-based economy,” Lubbers said, “it’s very difficult to believe you don’t need more students in your state to have higher education.”
The state will rely on performance-based funding to hasten some of the changes. Five percent of state allocations are now based on those measures, and a current budget proposal would up that one percentage point in each of the next two years.“Performance funding is just now getting to the point where it’s at a level where these people need to consider it very seriously,” Lubbers said.Those discretionary funds will give campuses incentives for working within the new strategic plan, which asks for a set of common core courses to be in place statewide by next year and for limiting degree requirements to 120 hours. The plan also calls for campuses to calculate and reduce the cost for each degree, but Lubbers acknowledged that’s hard to do while accounting for differences in institutional missions.
Some of SCUP's regional events have professional development scholarships available. The deadline is now March 19 to apply for a scholarship for the April 11–13 NYC North Atlantic Regional event at CUNY. Learn more about the progam here: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM
SCUP Professional Development Assistance Scholarship
>> Deadline extended to March 19, 2012.
>> Program Description: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM
Participation of institutional members at SCUP regional conferences is a high priority. The SCUP North Atlantic Council recognizes 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 North Atlantic council has set aside scholarship funds to defray the cost of attending the SCUP 2012 North Atlantic Regional Conference to be held April 11–13, 2012. All institutionally-based planners are encouraged to apply, especially those new to planning.
>> Eligibility: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM
To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate/provide the following:Required:
• Currently working at (or attending, if a student) a higher education institution• Demonstrate financial need (one paragraph self-statement)• Explain desired benefits from attendance (one paragraph)• Outline the money required for you to be able to attend, such as registration fee, travel, hotel, etc. $500 maximum award.
Optional: A brief statement of support by the institution, such as a supervisor (one paragraph).
Submit a scholarship application; you can find that application here: http://www.scup.org/event/scholarships
>> Application Review: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM
The SCUP North Atlantic Regional Council will review applications. Award recipients may elect whether to (1) receive the awards directly or (2) have them paid to their institution.
>> Notification of Selection
Scholarship applicants will be notified of award status by March 21, 2012.
Application Deadline is extended to 11:59 PM Eastern, Monday, March 19, 2012.Submit a scholarship application.
Complete info here: http://www.scup.org/NA12Scholarship-SM
By Scott Carlson in The Chronicle: "Renovated for much less than what new construction would have cost, the Aiken Center is 65 percent more energy efficient today and houses the U. of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources."
Graduate student debt runs out of control. in University Business magazine, Ann C. Logue shares some interesting observations:
"As of July 2012, graduate student loans will carry higher interest rates than in years past, and they won’t be subsidized. Another round of changes that increase borrowing costs are set for July 2013, and they won’t be the last. The reason is simple: The federal government is broke. 'Undergraduate is seen as somewhat of an entitlement,' says student loan debt management expert Paul Garrard of PG Presents in West Virginia. Hence, the brunt of cuts go to those who are older and stand to make more money from their additional education. Garrad is also a consultant to NSLP, the nonprofit financial aid solutions provider."
Going to school at Harvard University is cheaper than attending a public university in California.
It depends on how you add it up, but it's real. Education as a public good is dissipating.
Information on planning, designing, building, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools.
New free publication: A History of School Design and Its Indoor Environmental Standards, 1900 to Today (PDF) from the National Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (NCEF).
"For that, Scott Smith, the mayor, and other officials here are turning to higher education, although not to the offerings that Arizona is known for—the for-profit University of Phoenix or big public institutions like Arizona State University. Instead, the mayor and his economic-development team want the kinds of smaller colleges that give definition to cities in the Midwest and the East, like Boston, Chicago, or Philadelphia. And Mesa officials are going to those regions to try to attract their institutions here."
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"As colleges and universities face serious if not unprecedented financial challenges, financial planning is more important than ever. The authors reflect on their many years of experience in the financial planning game, thinking through the basics of the function and offering advice for going forward. The core image in this article illustrates the usefulness of the contents."
Augustana College president Steven C. Bahls raninto a thorny hedge with his first strategic plan, but has since done leading edge work in the area. Kevin Kiley pictures the governance preparation at Augustana as it prepares for another strategic planning process. In the process he examines shared governance issues from a number of perspectives. Definitely worth a read. ipeds143084
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) will celebrate 50 years of advancing integrated planning in higher education in 2015. Over the next three years, SCUP will be preparing for our 50th and asking members (past and present, from the founders to the millennials) about what SCUP has meant to them and the possibilities of what lies ahead for a vibrant future.
We'd like to start the dialogue by asking you two questions, http://www.scup.org/S50_Survey-SM:
What have SCUP and its members contributed to higher education that we should recognize and celebrate during our 50th anniversary?
Going forward, what could SCUP and its members contribute over our next 50 years?
Thanks for your response: http://www.scup.org/S50_Survey-SM.
Kevin Kiley at Inside Higher Ed has compiled a very nice summary of challenges and concerns at the presidential level. He is quoted below. Jack Stripling does this report for The Chronicle.
"[B]eing a college or university president is much more about trying to win constituents over to your position than imposing ideas. 'If you want to effect change, let it be someone else’s ideas,' Floyd said.
Floyd also noted that change takes time, and that a president can push new ideas, but has to give faculty members and other stakeholders time to come around to his ideas. 'If we rapidly engage in change, that’s not a change that is sustainable,' he said.
That lesson is particularly important for new presidents. In a 'lessons learned' session, four veteran presidents all cautioned new campus leaders on laying out an agenda too quickly after getting on campus.
Take time to get to know the institution, those who work there, and what vision they have for the institution, they said. 'If you look at presidents who get in trouble, it's organ rejection,' said Lawrence S. Bacow, former president of Tufts University. He noted that presidents try to implement a vision without molding it to the institution and getting faculty and others on the same page."
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More about campus heritage at http://www.campusheritage.org.
Speaking at a town hall lecture in 1957, Frank Lloyd Wright claimed that there was only one American university “that has an American campus and that is Florida Southern College.” [emphasis mine] Its synthesis of architecture and planning, he continued, represented “new thought, our thought, our belief in humanity,” if not only for the sole reason that he had authored them. It’s safe to say that Wright’s work at FSC did not spark the cultural renaissance he had hoped, yet the work has proved lasting and resilient. The university announced earlier this week that Wright’s 12 buildings on the campus has been designated National Historic Landmark status by the National Park Service.
This is a good question: "Should developing nations expend their money and energy trying to build "world-class" universities that conduct job-creating research and educate the nation's elite, or focus on building more and better institutions to train the masses?"
We think the question doesn't have to be aimed outside of US borders.
Thermal imaging is useful for many things, including detecting moisture leaks in building envelopes.
Nigel Thrift analyzes some information about the complexities of international campus partnership and a variety of business partners and concludes:
"As we see it, provider institutions with the urge to internationalize through branch campuses, partnerships, or other foreign outposts should be more attentive to the complexity of these relationships among partners, providers, and governments. Host institutions looking to build their partnership portfolio also must be attuned to how their solicitations are received in the global marketplace. And governments looking to use foreign universities as a bridge to a knowledge economy, or promote their educational prowess as an instrument of soft power, need to have a clear understanding of the motives of educational institutions and partners they expect to serve theses ends."
Some experts have called the nation's soaring college debt load a "ticking time bomb" — a looming crisis threatening young adults, their families and the broader economy.
You could say that investment in higher education is our Number One resource, yet many forces are working against any such thing:
"Economists, meanwhile, have differing opinions about the strain of student loans to the broader economy. But there's reason to be concerned on this front.
When asked about such risks by a lawmaker in a hearing last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke replied, 'Well, student loans are becoming a very large category of loans.'
Indeed, the New York Fed put the latest outstanding student loan balance at $870 billion. That's more than the total credit card debt, $693 billion, and car loan debt, $730 billion."
A development, called Teachers Village, will feature three charter schools and affordable housing for educators in the city’s decayed downtown.