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Buildings & Grounds 'Shop Talk' 03-16-2012

Buildings & Grounds 'Shop Talk' 03-16-2012 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This week's image is: "Northeastern State U., in Tahlequah, Okla., will start work next month on a 78,000-square-foot, $14.4-million multipurpose arena. The building, due to open in August of 2013, is intended for athletic contests as well as for local and regional conventions and events. (Northeastern State U. rendering)"


Topical bullet links are:

  • 'Budget Crunch? California Colleges Keep on Building
  • Despite Budget Woes, Construction Continues at California’s Universities
  • Students Are Worrying Less About the Environment, Study Says
  • Cost of Replacing U. of Iowa’s Flooded Arts Facilities Tops $400-Million
  • Kent State U. Plans $170-Million in Renovations and New Construction
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Who Will Bankroll Poetry? Fighting for the Humanities

Who Will Bankroll Poetry? Fighting for the Humanities | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The accountability and assessment movement, which has largely overtaken K–12 education, now has its eyes on higher education. It has a wedge issue—the education of K–12 teachers. Case law gives the state a vested interest in the education of elementary and high school students. And thus state education departments and regional and national accrediting agencies will seek more power over and uniformity in teacher-training programs. The Obama administration’s Department of Education plan for teacher-education reform and improvement, Our Future, Our Teachers (released September 30, 2011), makes it clear that the federal government has embraced the same agenda. Look for more prescribed syllabi, more identical final exams, less academic freedom, and less opportunity for variation in educational philosophy.


And the accountability movement intersects with the for-profit sector’s altogether instrumental view of education. Education for some interested parties merely delivers content, teaches skills, provides socialization, and manages credentialing. These four aims can be unbundled and provided more cheaply than traditional higher education can."

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When a Parking Lot Is So Much More | 'Campus Edge,' Anyone?

When a Parking Lot Is So Much More | 'Campus Edge,' Anyone? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We need to redefine “parking lot” to include something that offers a variety of public uses, mitigates its impact on the environment and looks good, too.

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Russia Moves to Improve Its University Rankings | Facilities Involved

A brain drain from Russia has been funneling its brightest minds to the West, while the nation’s embattled higher education system struggles to find its place in the post-Soviet world.


“Those involved in higher education have a formidable challenge in this country because the dead weight of the past is enormous,” Dr. Gilman said.


Yefim Pivovar, rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, one of the most prestigious liberal arts universities, known as R.G.G.U., said that Russian universities were still far behind in physical infrastructure, which, he said, also affected rankings.


He said that R.G.G.U. had been exchanging students with Laval University in Canada for 20 years.


“They have kilometers of underground passageways between buildings,” he said. “We don’t have a single university with such passageways. I’m talking about the material base. I think they have seven rinks for Canadian hockey. That’s what we need to be doing. It’s not a question of ratings, but of the quality of our material base,” he said.

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Philip Altbach: A New Twist— In-Country Branch Campuses | Inside Higher Ed

Philip Altbach: A New Twist— In-Country Branch Campuses | Inside Higher Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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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The Post-Colonial Question - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Post-Colonial Question - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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.

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Virginia program promotes shorter-term collaboration | Inside Higher Ed

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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free Resource Catalog | Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

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Top Planning Trends of 2011-2012 | Planetizen

Top Planning Trends of 2011-2012 | Planetizen | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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."

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Sustainability at Allegheny College: Integrated Planning in Action

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."

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The Student Swirl - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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."

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Performance (De-)Funding in Indiana | Inside Higher Ed

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.


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Education in a Changing World: What's Next | Scholarship Deadline 3/19 for 4/11-13 NYC SCUP Conference

Education in a Changing World: What's Next | Scholarship Deadline 3/19 for 4/11-13 NYC SCUP Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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

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What's More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College

What's More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There is a cost to not educating young people. The evidence is literally all around us.


The International Youth Foundation's new Opportunity for Action (PDF) paper, according to The atlantic's Derek Thompson:


"Focusing on the United States and Europe, the IYF authors focus on the so-called "NEETs" of the developed world: those Not Engaged in Employment/education, or Training. A 2012 U.S. study put the social cost per NEET youth at $37,450, when you factored in lost earnings, public health spending, and other factors. That brings the total cost of 6.7 million NEET American youths to $4.75 trillion, equal to nearly a third of GDP, or half of U.S. public debt.


Statistics like this are a good reminder that, even though college tuition is famously outpacing median incomes, there is still something more expensive than going to school. Very often, that is not going to school."

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Survey finds 2 percent increase in mid-level administrative salaries | Inside Higher Ed

"Most mid-level administrators won't be seeing an increase in purchasing power, however, because the growth in inflation (3.2 percent) outpaced their raises. Consistent with recent CUPA-HR surveys on the salaries of senior administrators and of faculty members, the increases were larger at private institutions (2.2 percent) than at publics (1.4 percent)."

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Master Planning | Air Force Academy | SCUP 2012 Pacific Symposium May 4

Master Planning | Air Force Academy | SCUP 2012 Pacific Symposium May 4 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

One-day master planning event at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs—early bird registration deadline is now March 30. Register now: http://www.scup.org/PA12M2-SM.

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Fish? Check. Barrel? Check. | Inside Higher Ed

Dean Dad boils down the reasons behind the higher education cost spiral:


"The first, which is easy to explain, is cuts in public appropriations. My own college gets about five million per year less from the state than it got four years ago. (That’s over ten percent of its total budget.) That’s before adjusting for inflation. In many other states, it’s considerably worse. You simply cannot remove that much money that quickly without consequences.


The only problem with this theory is that while it’s unassailable in explaining the last few years, it isn’t as strong in explaining the preceding decades. Yes, the recent fiscal sinkhole matters, but tuition went up fast during better years, too.


The longer-term issue is productivity. And no, that’s not a euphemism for “you’re too lazy.” It’s simply to say that if you continue to measure learning in units of time, and those units don’t change, then your productivity increases will forever be zero, by definition. When the rest of the economy grows a few percent per year for decades, the gap compounds. It’s called “Baumol’s cost disease,” and it’s endemic to education and health care. And that’s true whether the professors or doctors are lazy, conscientious, or even heroic. It’s not about them."

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Dubai of the West: Sprawling Mesa, Ariz., Aims to Become a College Town

Dubai of the West: Sprawling Mesa, Ariz., Aims to Become a College Town | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"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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College & University Financial Planning: Strategies and Lessons Recently Learned

College & University Financial Planning: Strategies and Lessons Recently Learned | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Download this Planning for Higher Education article for free, through Friday only, in MOBI (Kindle), EPUB (iPad), and PDF formats.


"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."

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Augustana retreat an exercise in collective governance | Inside Higher Ed

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

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SCUP-50 Seeking Reflections: Please Respond

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.

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ACE annual meeting focuses on enacting change within shared governance | Inside Higher Ed

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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book: Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation

Amazon.com: Reinventing Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation (9781934742877): Ben Wildavsky, Andrew Kelly, Kevin Carey: Books...


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Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed College Campus Named National Historic Landmark

Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed College Campus Named National Historic Landmark | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

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. 


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Higher education priorities for developing countries: For Elites or For Everyone | Inside Higher Ed

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.

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