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'College is Worth It,' Say Emerging Adults " Clark U Survey Report

A new Clark U study reveals that emerging adults think that college is “worth it.” 

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Leaner, Meaner State U—Kevin Kiley Reports on NACUBO 2012

Leaner, Meaner State U—Kevin Kiley Reports on NACUBO 2012 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Kevin Kiley’s must-read summary of NACUBO 2012 tells of other fast-moving change coming at us. This is a must-read!

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Wide Differences Found in Large Buildings’ Power Use

"The first comprehensive study of energy use by New York City’s largest buildings shows some to be power hogs, using up to five times as much electricity, natural gas, heating oil and steam as others of comparable size or purpose. And there is ample room for improvement.


Full report here, on the planNYC website.


The report ... estimates that if poor-performing buildings in the city improved their efficiency and reached just the median level of energy use in their categories, the city’s energy consumption would decline by at least 18 percent and greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 24 percent."

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The Laws of the City: Analytics and Urban (Campus?) Planning

The Laws of the City: Analytics and Urban (Campus?) Planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Some in the field are ambivalent about such research. Practitioners of urban planning don't quite know what to do with the results—particularly regularities of the sort found by Mr West. Others worry that urban research could, just like other fields of study, start to put number-crunching ahead of other important questions. “A green pixel on a satellite image doesn't tell you whether it's a park or a private garden,” argues Philipp Rode, of LSE Cities, a research centre at the London School of Economics.


Still, the deluge of urban data is likely to have a big impact. Some academics such as Michael Batty, the director of CASA, see a real prospect of synthesising these patterns and regularities into a “science of the city”, much like physics or biology. That will be the subject of a conference at the Santa Fe Institute in July.


City planners, too, may have to rethink their work. If cities indeed develop organically along certain lines, pushing them onto another track may be futile. Instead of trying to limit growth, planners should “make room”, says Mr Angel: be realistic when projecting urban land needs, set generous metropolitan limits, protect some open space and provide an arterial grid of roads. This is pretty much what New York did in the early 18th century. It is what some Chinese cities are doing now."

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Residence Halls | Take An Inside Look | University Business Magazine

This UB initiative, to be published in November, fits well into the SCUP Pubs Campus-Space MOJO.


Please respond to UB's call, and load their November issue up with lots of good stuff to match the three articles in housing coming your way in the October–December issue of Planning for Higher Education.

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From Dining Hall to Community Center | A Presentation from the 2012 ACUHO-I Conference

From Dining Hall to Community Center | A Presentation from the 2012 ACUHO-I Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Worth a look. Note that this fall's SCUP Pubs Campus-Space MOJO will visit student housing as a topic from October 27–November 7. Please join us, it's free.


"Longitudinal studies of the ACUHO-I/EBI Resident Assessment indicate that satisfaction with personal space and dining services has improved while personal interaction has declined. Since personal interaction is the top predictor of a student's perception of the effectiveness of the residence hall and an important component to student development, it is vital that programs better understand and work to improve personal interaction. We propose that getting creative in the use of the dining facility could promote student interaction.


Research [was] presented showing the trend of declining personal interactions. Linking research to practice, representatives from a large dining program will discuss how they turned their dining centers into community centers where students come together for events, movies, and special programming. They also have "random acts of food" popping up around halls and events centered on interaction. Come to this program to learn about national trends, learn from a very creative dining operation how they?re supporting student interactions, and brainstorm other ways that dining facilities can be used to help promote student interaction."

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Alcorn State gives faculty a role in deciding administrators' fate | Inside Higher Ed

Dean prioritization:


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Dickson Idusuyi, the Faculty Senate president and an associate professor of social science at the university, said that discussions have centered around how to make Alcorn more efficient and whether some departments need restructuring. Idusuyi said the university has had a culture where deans stay on in their jobs year after year. “They stay in these positions too long to be effective,” he said. “It doesn’t mean they are not doing their work or they are inefficient. Being a dean is not a lifetime appointment. Just like there is reassessment in the business world, there should be a reassessment of these positions.


Brown said that one problem with the existing situation was that the deans were not being re-evaluated regularly.


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Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses

Overblown-Claims-of-Failure Watch: How Not to Gauge the Success of Online Courses | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Online courses are experiencing sky-high dropout rates, and that's probably a good thing.


"All praise the MOOC dropout, our best indication yet of system just beginning to find its footing."


Join SCUP's MOJO (not a MOOC) this fall: More about the Campus-Space MOJO. Do some or all of the 9 voyages. You choose.

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Slow Down! How “Slow Work” Makes Us More Productive

"More broadly, the philosophy of “slow work” challenges the unsustainable practice of doing everything as fast as possible and offers an alternative workplace framework for energizing people and helping people better align their personal and professional priorities. It urges us to punctuate our routines in ways that might initially appear to compromise productivity but actually enhance long-term creativity.


What follows are a handful of practical ways that one can begin to “work slow” in order to more strongly grip short-term demands and feel some creative energy to inspire us for the long-term.

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Telling the Story of the Adler School « Cannon Design Blog

Telling the Story of the Adler School « Cannon Design Blog | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Building on previous research at #SCUP47:


"Design is at the intersection of art and science and similarly, design research encompasses scientific rigor, business viability, social science humanism and artistic and visual storytelling."

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Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level

Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Major universities are joining Stanford, Princeton and others to expand Coursera, a venture that offers free massive open online courses, or MOCCs.

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#SCUP47 presenter quoted in this NYT article: “This is the tsunami,” said Richard A. DeMillo, the director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech. “It’s all so new that everyone’s feeling their way around, but the potential upside for this experiment is so big that it’s hard for me to imagine any large research university that wouldn’t want to be involved.”

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SCUP 47 Campus Tour Northwestern's Science Complex

SCUP 47 Campus Tour Northwestern's Science Complex | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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University of Chicago Landscape Tour

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Life After College: The Challenging Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort

Life After College: The Challenging Transitions of the Academically Adrift Cohort | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The authors of Academically Adrift report on how recent college grads are managing. They're still stalking that cohort!


Yosipa Roksa and Richard Arum stirred up a great deal of conversation at SCUP–46. (SCUP members, and others who attended, can view video of Roksa and Arum’s plenary session in the SCUP–46 proceedings.)


In this Change magazine article, they report on their research about what’s happening in the lives of recent college grads.

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The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning

The Diane Rehm Show: Universities Shift to Online Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Media at PNR this week includes a Diane Rehm show about future consequences of mass online learning with guests Selingo, Koller, Cary, and Struck. Audio and text available.


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Penn State Scandal Worries Football Season Merchants

Penn State Scandal Worries Football Season Merchants | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Businesses near the Penn State campus fear the child molestation scandal and the resulting sanctions that will weaken the football program for years could spell economic trouble for years.

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Construction Communications: Getting the word out about new buildings on campus | University Business Magazine

Construction Communications: Getting the word out about new buildings on campus | University Business Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

SCUP welcomes University Business intern, Jordan Mills, and her observations about how space changes are/should be communicated to students.


Jordan! We want you to engage with us in our #CampusMOJO!

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The American Institute of Architects - Provider Best Practices- Reporting Course Attendance Using QR Codes, For Providers

The American Institute of Architects - Provider Best Practices- Reporting Course Attendance Using QR Codes, For Providers | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Check this out! The AIA CEU folks have recognized SCUP's professional development staff for innovative ways of reducing the stress and costs around reporting attendance at events via QR codes.

Doing more for members, with less, innovatively. Be part of the next innovation in late September: http://www.scup.org/pubs/MOJO.

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N.Y.U. Expansion Plan Wins Final City Council Approval

N.Y.U. Expansion Plan Wins Final City Council Approval | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A vigorous town and gown discussion went before this:


"By an overwhelming 44-to-1 vote, the Council approved a series of zoning amendments, permits and map changes that will allow the university to erect four buildings that together will add a skyscraper’s worth of classrooms, dorm rooms and office space to a leafy 12-block parcel occupied by two university apartment complexes — Washington Square Village and Silver Towers — south of Washington Square Park."

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Students Fear Venturing Out Alone at Night on Campus.

Students Fear Venturing Out Alone at Night on Campus. | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Good article:


"The University of Miami plans on adding license-plate recognition software to its surveillance system, and smart cameras at Johns Hopkins use algorithms to detect potentially troubling behaviors, including loitering, cars stopping suddenly and people who fall. ...


An app called the Guardian lets Brown students estimate how long it will take them to walk a particular distance, triggering an alarm unless the timer is deactivated on arrival."

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A Sobering Look at College Affordability - Head Count - The Chronicle of Higher Education

"So where does that leave colleges? Back in the day, tuition discounting was a way for colleges to get ahead, Mr. Zucker said, bringing in a better class than they otherwise could. Now, he said, with all of those economic forces working against students and their families, discounting is “necessary to live to fight another day.”"

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Beyond Practice | The Architect as Integrator | Metropolis Magazine

Beyond Practice | The Architect as Integrator | Metropolis Magazine | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"If Architecture v 1.0 (pre-20th Century) belonged to the polymath who built knowledge through broad exposure, and Architecture v 2.0 (20th Century) belonged to the specialist who became selectively authoritative through focused immersion, then Architecture v 3.0 (today) belongs to the integrator who broadens her reach by building connections."

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Set in Stone: Study of Cultural Arts Building Boom

Set in Stone: Study of Cultural Arts Building Boom | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Worth a look!


"Civic leaders, arts organizations, donors and government officials can better plan new or expanded arts facilities by first focusing on the arts organizations’ missions and assessing demand for the projects, according to a new study from the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. ...


The work was based on interviews with people in more than 500 organizations and drew data from more than 700 building projects, including both new facilities and major renovations. The costs of the projects ranged from $4 million to $335 million. It relied on rare, behind-the-scenes access to the discussions surrounding the buildings."

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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

Northwestern University's Science Complex Campus Tour | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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