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A Houston Community College in University City: '[P]olicies are more prone to abrupt changes.'

A Houston Community College in University City: '[P]olicies are more prone to abrupt changes.' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Less than two years after Community College of Qatar opened in partnership with Houston Community College, 11 students became the country’s inaugural community college graduates.

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4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Higher Ed Costs | Inside Higher Ed

Provocative:


"Senior campus technology leaders should be held accountable for developing and delivering on plans to:

  • Increase Quality
  • Increase Access
  • Reduce Costs

Every project that technology touches (which now means most things we do in higher ed) should be looked at through the lenses of quality, access and costs. It is no longer adequate to address one or two legs of this three legged stool."

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Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Target & The Branded Environment: using space to create a discovery experience - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Fun, and good:


"Last weekend I went to Target to do a little Mother’s Day shopping and I walked into a branded environment. I’ve written about this before for television and social media, but this example was implemented in a physical space.


Let me backup and say that renovation is in the air at Virginia Tech and I’ve been studying/observing a variety of retail experiences—from service transactions to the display of merchandise to wayfinding to in-store traffic patterns. I’ll share more in a future post, but I think that there is a lot that libraries can learn from commercial enterprise in terms of moving people through space and grabbing their interest along the way."

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Higher Ed Rocks Confab: Engaging Content at Indiana University

Higher Ed Rocks Confab: Engaging Content at Indiana University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

On the first day of Confab, Indiana University’s Erika Knudson and Rebecca Salerno discussed their work creating a content strategy for the Indiana University Alumni Association geared around spurring engagement and building lasting relationships.

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Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space,

Google is stepping up to the plate and providing CornellNYC Tech with start-up space:


"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Google Inc. CEO Larry Page and Cornell President David J. Skorton today announced that Google will allocate 22,000 square feet of its New York headquarters to CornellNYC Tech, while the university completes its campus on Roosevelt Island. The space will allow Cornell to build its presence in New York in close proximity to the tech companies and entrepreneurs with whom it will collaborate. This arrangement represents Google, Cornell, Technion and the City of New York’s commitment to educating and developing engineering and tech talent in New York City. Google will initially provide Cornell with 22,000 square feet of office space on July 1, 2012, free of charge for 5 years and 6 months or until the completion of Cornell’s campus on Roosevelt Island—whichever occurs first. Additionally, Cornell will be able to expand to 58,000 square feet over five years as it builds its presence in New York City."

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Nebraska project aims to revive depopulating rural areas | Inside Higher Ed | Planning News & Resources

Nebraska project aims to revive depopulating rural areas | Inside Higher Ed | Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"A new role for land grant institutions? "As modern economics continue to encroach on the family farm and as jobs move to cities, people – especially young people – are fleeing rural America."

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Master Planning to Solve the Puzzle of Residential Life | College Planning & Management

This author, Julia Nugent of HMFH Architects, is a SCUP member:


"A residential master plan also informs overall campus planning because it addresses such a significant portion of an institution’s buildings. It allows a more thoughtful approach to campus projects, so that a new science facility is not competing with a first-year community for university funds, building sites, and attention. And finally, an effective plan supports programmatic decision-making on campus, allowing leaders to look at their institution as a whole and focus on areas that need attention. If, for example, a university concludes that it must offer a first-year experience that bridges the transition from home to campus life, then it may need to reconsider placing freshman in three residence towers near the athletic complex because smaller housing communities are reserved for juniors and seniors. Here, the residential master plan would help by articulating the current system, how existing facilities could be used differently, and what new construction might be integrated into the campus fabric to achieve these goals.

It can be easy to be lulled by the expediency of repairing buildings each summer as issues come up, when the overall condition of residential facilities should be considered. Replacing bathroom fixtures in Residence X because it will reduce water consumption is good, but in a residential master plan, university leaders can see how Residence X fits into the entire campus and whether Residence X, new bathrooms or not, meets student needs and the overall residence life program."

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Autonomous Vehicles and the Parking Bubble: No More Parking Lot Construction?

Autonomous Vehicles and the Parking Bubble: No More Parking Lot Construction? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"[R]ight now depending on how you count we have somewhere between three and eight parking spaces per car. If the cars don't need to sit idly waiting for you until you want to leave (imagine a world of cheap, ubiquitous taxis) that number is going to become totally ridiculous. After exploding for about 60 years, the torrent of parking construction is going to halt very suddenly and then start shifting into reverse."

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is. The Chronicle editor Jeff Selingo muses:


"With some real dollars at stake, do these elite universities know something about the future of higher education that the rest of us don’t? Or with their billions in endowments, do they have the luxury of throwing money at ideas, to see which ones stick? Or are they simply altruistic, and want to provide free education to the world?


From where I sit, it doesn’t seem like any of these universities have a business plan for these massive open online courses or MOOC’s, as they are known. In recent weeks, at various gatherings, I’ve heard plenty of ideas for a business model, although I’m not sure all of them are viable. They could eventually follow the iTunes model and sell access to a course for $1.99. That starts adding up to real money if you get 100,000+ people to sign up. Depending on the course subject, they could sell access to corporate recruiters. That’s essentially what Sebastian Thrun did last fall, when he sent the résumés of his best students from his Stanford MOOC to Google and other Silicon Valley companies.


Perhaps the best idea I’ve heard so far is that the universities could use these courses as an alternative admissions system."

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Nebraska project aims to revive depopulating rural areas | Inside Higher Ed

A new role for land grant institutions?


"As modern economics continue to encroach on the family farm and as jobs move to cities, people – especially young people – are fleeing rural America. The problem isn’t new and isn’t unique to this corner of southeast Nebraska. But after years of false starts and failed efforts to reverse depopulation, University of Nebraska researchers believe they’re building an infrastructure that will help revitalize rural parts of their state that, in many cases, have been shedding residents for half a century or more.


The project makes sense in both the abstract and the concrete. As a land-grant university, the university’s flagship campus in Lincoln is charged with working in rural communities and training the state’s agricultural workers. Speaking more practically, fewer and fewer students are graduating from Nebraska high schools each year, making it harder for college recruiters to fill their entering classes with in-state students. State appropriations to the university are also lagging.


A booming rural Nebraska, the theory goes, could bring a replenished tax base and more in-state applicants."

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How Tech Is Changing College Life [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Tech Is Changing College Life [INFOGRAPHIC] | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How central is technology to modern college life? This infographic breaks it down.

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AASHE is SCUP's K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning | Planning News & Resources

AASHE is SCUP's K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning | Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has been named recipient of the SCUP 2012 K.C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning.

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Major Trends in University Residence Halls | Building Design + Construction | Planning News & Resources

Major Trends in University Residence Halls | Building Design + Construction | Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Building Teams invested in programming, designing, and constructing collegiate residential facilities would do well to consider several trends that are influencing activities in this sector: • Alternative financing – Many universities are taking a...

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ACUI The Commons - The Coming of the Second Campus Living Room at the University of Texas–Austin

ACUI The Commons - The Coming of the Second Campus Living Room at the University of Texas–Austin | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Brief planning story from Cecelia Lopez of UT-Austin:


"By voting in support of the referendum to build the SAC, students agreed to pay a $65 fee per semester to fund the costs of the $48 million construction project.


The University broke ground on the SAC in January 2009 and opened its doors in January 2011, providing 149,000 square feet for students to meet, study, and socialize, and creating an additional cultural, academic, and social hub for campus. The SAC stayed true to the idea of “modus operandis” behind college unions, that which suggests student self-government with staff aid. The SAC involved students from day one, engaging students in choosing wall colors, and furnishings, and participating in design meetings with architects."

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Regis College wins ruling from Supreme Judicial Court in fight over retirement community - The Boston Globe

The city did not want to recognize an educational exemption for the college's planned retirement community. However:


"The college says its Regis East project would be an educational facility, where the residents, 55 and older, would be required to take at least two courses per semester. The housing would also create internships for Regis students in gerontology and social work."


The college just won.

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Science of Spatial Learning: Nora Newcombe at NCWIT

Science of Spatial Learning: Nora Newcombe at NCWIT | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Great to see this coverage of SILC in US News and World Report, and I’m excited to hear Dr. Nora Newcombe speak at the NCWIT Summit Tuesday of this week.


"Spatial reasoning, which is the ability to mentally visualize and manipulate two- and three-dimensional objects, also is a great predictor of talent in science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM."

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Learning, Freedom, and the Web | Anya Kamenetz | July 9, Chicago #SCUP47

Learning, Freedom, and the Web | Anya Kamenetz | July 9, Chicago #SCUP47 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The continuing transformation of higher education, with the twin pressures of economics and technological innovation, will challenge colleges and universities to find new efficiencies and specialization, embrace and incorporate a student's personal learning networks and paths, blend experiential and digital approaches, and adopt free and open-source educational resources. The dialogue is an evolving one, but Kamenetz will share her initial findings, and asks you to consider the impact of tuition and student loans, as well as technology and social media, on higher education.


Anya Kamenetz is bringing an entirely unexpected perspective on the future of knowledge, talent, and innovation. An educational futurist and the rare speaker on issues facing Millennials (while actually belonging to this generation), she delivers audiences core insights into change, technology, and talent.

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As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources

As Elite Colleges Invite the World Online, Questions Remain on Their Business Plans - Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"They're exciting. Yes. But we, also, have wondered what the business plan is."

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New Policy Brief, "A Case for Fair Use: The Georgia State Decision"

A new EDUCAUSE Policy brief from Policy Specialist Joan Cheverie summarizes the long-awaited opinion released May 11, 2012 in the Georgia State University e-reserves copyright infringement case, and provides analysis of what this means for higher ed.


You need to know this.

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Revenge of the Underpaid Professors - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Revenge of the Underpaid Professors - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

So, now good profs can "go rogue!"


"Today the cost of storing, processing, and moving digital information is indistinguishable from zero. People walk around with networked supercomputers in their pockets. Broadband is everywhere, or getting there soon. Meanwhile, a lot of smart people have spent the past decade and a half experimenting with and improving upon the principles of online-course design.


This means that, today, a supremely talented and criminally underpaid college teacher doesn't need to rely on a large, exploitative organization in order to reach students. All she needs is a company like Udemy, which provides course-building tools, free, along with an online marketplace where courses can be sold (or given away) to students. The teachers can charge whatever they like, and they keep 70 percent of revenues along with 100 percent of intellectual-property rights to the course."

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Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interesting interview:


"KH: Your most recent report, and the subject of an upcoming conference, is international branch campuses (IBCs). What are the factors driving the growth of IBC's?


WL: The main drivers identified in our 2009 were: access to a portion of the international student market that do not wish to or cannot afford to study abroad, the revenues associated with that new market, prestige: visibility as an international institution with global ambitions, opportunities for student and staff mobility between campuses, international teaching experience for academic staff, ability for academic staff to maintain research output while working abroad, increased knowledge and understanding of other cultures on the home campus opportunities to develop new curricula, access to local institutions, including government and industry, a competitive edge in the international higher education market. To these we can add what might be a deciding factor in many cases: financial support from the host government. There are governments, notably in east and southeast Asia, that see IBCs as an integral part of their ‘regional education hub’ aspirations."

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International Consortia of Universities and the Mission/Activities Question | Inside Higher Ed

International Consortia of Universities and the Mission/Activities Question | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

If this topic interests you at all, this is a must-read. You'll learn more about internatioinal consortia than you could imagine. This is a really good core source document.


"To facilitate further discussions about the mission/activities question, I have pasted in (see below) the missions of the international consortia, networks, and associations that I know of. I've listed this information in reverse chronological order, in part to see what the newest consortia, networks and associations have decided to focus upon. If you know of any others that I have missed, please email me and I'll add them here. Please keep it in mind, though, that some of these missions are evolving as I write, and the websites I link to are variable in quality and how up-to-date they are."

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4 more trends in higher-education facilities | Building Design + Construction

4 more trends in higher-education facilities | Building Design + Construction | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In February, we opened our 2012 series on design and construction trends in university buildings with a report on “fusion facilities”.

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2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings | Planning News & Resources

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings | Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

2012 #SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design, Honor Award goes to the University of Chicago for Midway Crossings with BauerLatoza Studio; also James Carpenter Design Associates; Schuler Shook; Matrix Engineering Corporation...

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Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call | Planning News & Resources

Lessons for 20th-Century Living: You Need to Know How to Place a Phone Call | Planning News & Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"It may be hard to believe now, but in the 1920s people had to learn how to dial, much like we once learned how to text ... ." How many of us look at digital reading and feeling like this?

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