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How to Read ePub Files on Laptops/Desktops and More

All of SCUP's newer books, and newer versions of our journal, Planning for Higher Education, are available in several digital reading formats. One is ePub. This article could be very helpful to you, in becoming able to read ePub files on your computer.


Some of us don't like reading on tiny devices. That's where this article comes in: It illustrates a number of easy ways to read ePubs, including on your laptop or desktop.


If you aren't reading digitally, you will be. 

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SCUP Updates and Deadlines

Learn about upcoming deadlines and announcements.

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SCUP Events and Updates:


April 25:
Event: SCUP 2014 North Central Symposium (University of Missouri-Kansas City).


May 1:
Early-bird registration deadline for the SCUP 2014 Mid-Atlantic Symposium (George Mason University).


Call for Proposals Is Open:
SCUP 2014 Southern Regional Conference
(Orlando, FL).


SCUP is looking for a New SCUP Staff President

Read the job description.
Please note: This search is being managed by Korn Ferry International. Please contact Jacki.Thompson@kornferry.com with any questions.


Did You Know?


If you go to Pittsburgh this July you will:

- Meet 1,500+ senior-level higher education leaders from all areas on campus
- Share in dialogues that will make a difference
- Learn how to plan strategically with less
- Get recharged and inspired and lots more!


SCUP's 49th Annual, International Conference
July 12–16, 2014


Save $150. Register by May 5.

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'How we designed a university without corridors on a car park budget'

'How we designed a university without corridors on a car park budget' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"So Heatherwick designed 12 pods and built them up eight storeys to create 56 curvilinear tutorial rooms - each slightly different - around a porous atrium. “Nooks and crannies” where people can loiter and meet potential collaborators are integral. And views across the building will be filled with people, bringing the same sense of awe that a view of thousands of books once brought, he said.


Another challenge was the budget – “just a little bit more than a car park” – which necessitated concrete for floor slabs, columns, cores and cladding.

“No one’s heart jumps at the thought of concrete,” said Heatherwick. “You just think of the South Bank lumps, where you have to be ironically interested in brutalism."

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Reining In Predatory Schools

Reining In Predatory Schools | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Obama administration should strengthen its new rules against for-profit colleges that saddle poor students with crippling debts.
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"The for-profit college industry is pressuring the Obama administration to water down proposed new rules that would deny federal student aid to career training programs that saddle students with crippling debt while giving them useless credentials.

That’s a potent threat from the government, given that for-profit schools can get as much as 90 percent of their revenue from federal student aid programs. But it doesn’t go far enough. The administration should actually strengthen the rules to put the worst actors in this industry under tighter scrutiny."

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2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review | Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


This year’s Higher Education Sustainability Review highlights the achievements of more than 60 institutions across the globe. You’ll find inspiring examples of regional and global partnerships for sustainability, student-led fossil fuel divestment campaigns, diversity and inclusion initiatives, climate solutions, and much more.


In this year’s review, we also address three themes that came out of the AASHE 2013 Listening Project in reference to how AASHE can best steward the movement: engagement and community building, solutions-based thought leadership, and up-to-date responsive resources.

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An excellent, annual resource.

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When It Comes to the Future of Higher Ed and Tech, Don’t Forget Small State Schools

When It Comes to the Future of Higher Ed and Tech, Don’t Forget Small State Schools | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This article is part of Future Tense, which is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On Wednesday, April 30, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on technology and the future of higher education. For more information and to RSVP, visit the...
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SCUPer Paula Krebs,  dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University in southeastern Massachusetts, writes frequently on U.S. higher education issues. "Making a commitment to offering students the tech they need will require campuswide change. A concomitant investment in faculty would mean training and development of instructors who are in it for the long haul—permanent full-time faculty. Institutions that create full-time positions and offer opportunities for new faculty members to keep up with the latest digital developments will see great rewards in student success.

The biggest change will have to be in administrator and faculty mindset, not in campus hardware."

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Principles for Developing Competency-Based Education Programs

Principles for Developing Competency-Based Education Programs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Successful models demonstrate that competency-based education (CBE) can fit into existing campus structures, if certain principles are followed:

  • The degree reflects robust and valid competencies.

  • Students are able to learn at a variable pace and are supported in their learning.

  • Effective learning resources are available any time and are reusable.

  • Assessments are secure and reliable."

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This article describes work conducted by WGU over the last year, supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Department of Labor, to share its CBE model with eleven community colleges across the country.

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Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain

Student Loan Borrowers Win, Nightmare Forms Remain | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Narmak Nassirian has his finger on the pulse of what’s coming at higher ed in many areas. Last week, he appeared in both Time and the Huffington Post, with regard to student loans (see below).


SCUPers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.


  • Student Loan Borrowers Win As Education Department Reverses:

    Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, said last month that the Education Department was not ‘sufficiently focused on its primary clients: students.’” [Time]

  • Student Loan Forms Are Still a Nightmare

    “‘The persistent complexity is partly because the financial-aid formula itself is so confusing,’ said Barmak Nassirian ... ‘With the FAFSA, it’s better to own your home, for example. ... Better than that is to own a farm, and better than that is to own a small business with fewer than 99 employees. [Huffington Post]’”
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Members of the Society for College and University Planning and their peers will get a chance to meet and hear Hassirian July 12–16 in Pittsburgh—at higher ed's premier planning event for 2014,  Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education. Register now.

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Spanning Silos—Building Connections @ U Missouri, Kansas City April 25

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Spanning Silos—Building Connections @ U Missouri, Kansas City April 25 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Learn how to turn your goals for increased collaboration into realities by building new interdisciplinary-focused facilities.

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"In this one-day SCUP regional program, representatives from campuses and their designers from throughout the Heartland region will share examples of these kinds of projects. From medical, dental, and allied health education to digital libraries and campus learning commons to regional startup initiatives that focus on developing new entrepreneurs, you will hear and learn about how they turned goals for increased collaboration into realities in these new interdisciplinary-focused facilities. The program will conclude with tours of several new buildings on the UMKC campus, including the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Miller Nichols Library, and The Student Union."

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The problem is not the students. - Casting Out Nines -

"What I do get upset over is the attitude, held by some, that the problem with flipped learning resides in the students. That students, generally speaking, are the problem. That students these days simply aren’t as 'good' as they used to be; that they have no attention span; that professors are complicit by not holding students to any kind of rigorous standard; that the flipped classroom is 'obviously' not rigorous and so it’s a perfect match for students these days; that what we profs really need to do is 'teach the willing' rather than 'take care of the mediocre'; that we should not be 'at the mercy of the students'.


I have learned that whenever I post something about flipped learning or anything else that is not standard lecture, I will get comments from folks whose words make it painfully clear that their work in higher education would be a lot easier if it weren’t for all those damned students. To those people, I would just like to say a few things."

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Excellent read; a good comments thread has started as well.

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Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 12:55 AM

In my introduction to education class at my local community college, we spent a great deal of time talking about the "essence" of teaching and developing (for those of us who were taking the class to become educators, and not a GUR) educational philosophies. I personally have a philosophy that students should be heavily dependent on reasoning, communication and collaboration; if you're a genius but can't share your thoughts, what good are you?

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Why Education Spending Doesn't Lead to Economic Growth

Why Education Spending Doesn't Lead to Economic Growth | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Analysis by Lawrence Katz and Claudia Goldin suggests that increased educational attainment among Americans from 1915 to 1999 might account for 10 percent of the growth in U.S. GDP over that time. Some commentators contend that this an underestimate (PDF). But at the global level, no relationship has been found between a more educated population and more rapid economic development. There has been an explosion in schooling in developing countries, but many show nothing like explosive growth in GDP per person. By 2010, the average Kenyan had spent more years in school than the average French citizen had in 1985. But Kenya’s GDP per capita in 2010 was only 7 percent of France’s GDP per head 25 years earlier.


What explains the limited impact of increased education on economic growth? A possible answer is that education acts as a filter rather than an investment."

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An international perspective that is far from clear.

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Great opportunity to lead SCUP staff: A new position, SCUP is looking for a President!

Great opportunity to lead SCUP staff: A new position, SCUP is looking for a President! | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
  • SCUP is looking for a new CEO, in a new kind of role— Please help us spread word of this search throughout the academy. From the position description*** at Korn Ferry, a few of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for SCUP President

    • Outstanding leadership skills;

    • A visionary and strategic thinker who is creative;

    • An understanding of the challenges and opportunities in academia;

    • An ability to build consensus and manage by influence;

    • Proven business and financial acumen;

    • A track record of building strong strategic alliances; and

    • Savvy about the application of technology.
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***Note that the link takes you to a page that appears to require a log-in to look at the job posting. On the right, you can sign in with LinkedIn. If you don't want to sign in at all, the second time you follow the link it will let you in without signing up.


As SCUP embarks on its 50th anniversary, the organization is well poised to build upon a rich history and strengthen its brand and service to the higher education community and beyond. The President will work closely with the Board of Directors during this exciting time to establish a refreshed strategic direction that is visionary and results in the enhancement and diversification of SCUPs portfolio of products and services. The President will build strong relationships with leaders across higher education to articulate SCUPs enhanced value and to expand membership.

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Unions, courtrooms aren’t needed to fix on-campus sports problems, colleges say - KansasCity.com

Unions, courtrooms aren’t needed to fix on-campus sports problems, colleges say - KansasCity.com | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The colleges, at least the ones with athletic programs that generate the most revenue, are poised to alter the course of player welfare. Kansas State president Kirk Schulz is part of a task force charged with creating a new business model for the NCAA, one that provides greater control for the 65 schools in the Big 12, Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference."

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College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change

College Classes Use Arts to Brace for Climate Change | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A growing number of university courses are using the creative arts, including “climate fiction,” to respond to what many students consider one of society’s central challenges.
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Another form of resilience?

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MOOCs - A Tsunami of Promises

MOOCs - A Tsunami of Promises | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The prediction was that MOOCs will completely change the game in higher education. Enthusiasm was general - and groupthink so tempting - that many universities across the world adopted them as a pa...
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Interesting point:


The solution to deliver good quality higher learning to all enlightened the imagination of many. The narrative was fantastic: the door to what Time called “High-End Learning on the Cheap” was discovered and new startups and venture capitalists were there to fight to open it for the benefit of the poor around the world. Thomas Friedman argued in 2012 that “nothing has more potential to lift more people out of poverty” than Silicon Valley solutions and MOOCs will “unlock a billion more brains to solve the world’s biggest problems“.


There is no doubt that rising inequality is a huge problem for the world. This is why is important to remember here that Silicon Valley makes San Francisco one of the most unequal cities in the US. The fact is that the Silicon Valley solution is not working at home, and American politicians make public calls to find answers. A set of important questions should be raised about any set of solutions coming from the same place where education for all or homelessness stay unaddressed and are on the rise (The Guardian reports that in Palo Alto, in California’s Silicon Valley “92% of homeless people lack shelter of any kind“).

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Internationalisation—A student-centred approach is key

Internationalisation—A student-centred approach is key | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Various views have been expressed about the purpose and motive behind the internationalisation of higher education.

On one side of the debate are those who claim that internationalisation is nothing more than a way for traditional exporting countries of higher education, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, to expand their market reach and promote the globalisation of their higher education agenda.

On the other side of the debate are those who see internationalisation as a way to contribute to the capacity-building of developing countries in their efforts to meet the rapidly expanding demand for higher education and a way to promote multicultural understanding and respect.

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Well worth a read, as it provides an informed POV that is, we think, uncommon: "Instead of the current supply-side focus, the transformation of internationalisation strategy in higher education should start by refocusing on students and their longer-term benefits."

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Going Mobile Across an Entire Community College System

Going Mobile Across an Entire Community College System | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"We have 13 two-year institutions and more than 100,000 students in our statewide system," said Eric Setz, VP for enterprise services and information technologies at LCTCS. "We're trying to change the paradigm. When I was in college, I had to meet the college where the college lived in order to interact with it. It was not efficient, and it was not a good customer-centric approach. Now we're flipping the approach."

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ROBOTS! (and artificial intelligence)

ROBOTS! (and artificial intelligence) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A special theme hour - starring a computer competing against a comedian for laughs, the Army's recruitment chatbot, and Google crushing on robots.
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A must-listen or must-read.

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Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support

Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Using the design principles as a guide, Lumina Foundation invited nationally recognized experts as well as up-and-coming analysts to author the papers that will be discussed during today’s Ideas Summit at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The papers can be found online at http://luminafoundation.org/newsroom/ideas_summit.html. The titles and authors of the papers are as follows:


“Our goal in this series is not to prescribe a particular solution or choose one course of action,” said Merisotis. “Rather, we seek to generate innovative ideas for improving the ways in which postsecondary education is paid for in this country and to stimulate further discussion on that vital topic.”

Each paper reflects the views and recommendations of its authors, not those of Lumina Foundation.

- See more at: http://www.luminafoundation.org/newsroom/news_releases/2014-04-14-paper_series#sthash.gOdjhpBj.dpuf

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"If only one had time to read them all. Pick one and be stimulated. "The papers, commissioned by the Foundation, are intended to stimulate greater discussion and evaluation around several key topics in student finance, including affordability of higher education, student loan repayment, and federal-state-institutional partnerships. The papers are aimed at addressing solutions that can be implemented at the institutional, state and federal levels."

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Change Management in the Trenches

Change Management in the Trenches | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Peter Drucker is attributed with the quote, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” While still the case, postsecondary culture must adjust to both rapid and longer-term shifts in the world around it. The ecologies that have long constituted its culture, including those we all live in and work with, have become even more open as systems. This session focuses on developing attendees’ personal and organizational capacities for effectively managing both anticipated and unpredictable changes in their institutions. This ecological approach identifies where external changes are likely to affect the organization and what it can do to create a "flexible" culture that does not eat strategy. Participants will work with multiple examples of change in their own institutions during a variety of interactive learning experiences.


Audience:
Mid- to upper-level administrators who have responsibility for leading one or more campus units and need to successfully manage change in their organization.


TAGS: Institutional Direction, Organizational culture, Change Management


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This excellent workshop is presented on Saturday, July 12 (Pittsburgh) at SCUP–49, Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education, by Phyllis T. H. Grummon, consultant, Higher Education Planning; Susan T. Whitmer, research lead, Education, Herman Miller, Inc. They are members of the team which received the SCUP's first Perry Chapman Prize.

If you like this workshop, then consider The Human Side of Strategic Planning in Higher Education, a SCUP book. It was written by SCUP Planning Institute faculty member and faulty trainer Rober P. Delprino with its use as assigned reading for the planning institute. 


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The Best of Campus Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture | 2014

Plan for the Transformation of Higher Education is higher education's premier planning conference—you will find most of the planning professionals who receive these SCUP awards in gorgeous (and transformed) Pittsburgh, July 12–16.


Below, the 2014 recipients of the Society for College and University Planning's annual awards recognizing excellence in the above fields. Details, including images, about each project and award will be available shortly. See those details about the 2013 recipients now.

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2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus ComponentHonor Award College of Charleston for Dixie Plantation Master Plan with Ayers Saint GrossHonor Award University of Chicago for New Academic Complex and Campus Precinct with Ann Beha ArchitectsSpecial Citation Kent State University and the City of Kent, OH for College Town Kent with NBBJ
2014 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus
Honor Award Tecnologico de Monterrey, Regeneración - A Vision Plan for the Distrito Tec and Monterrey with Sasaki Associates, Inc.Honor Award University of Texas at Austin for University of Texas at Austin Campus Master Plan with Sasaki Associates, Inc.Merit Award University of Wisconsin-Madison for Campus Master Plan with Ayers Saint Gross
2014 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – Open Space Planning and Design
Honor Award

Duke University for Hybrid Landscape West Campus with Reed Hilderbrand LLC

Merit Award

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha for University Field Station Master Plan with GRAEF

2014 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture – General Design
Honor Award Stony Brook University/The State University of New York for Simons Center for Geometry and Physics with Dirtworks Landscape Architects, PCHonor Award University of British Columbia for Pedestrian Campus, University of British ColumbiaHonor Award University of Massachusetts Amherst for Southwest Concourse Revitalization with Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape ArchitectsMerit Award University of Pennsylvania for Shoemaker Green with Andropogon Associates Ltd.
2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
Honor Award Massachusetts College of Art and Design for Tree House Residence Hall with ADD Inc.Honor Award SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science and Forestry for Gateway Center with Architerra Inc.Honor Award University of California, San Diego for University of California, San Diego - Medical Education and Telemedicine Building with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLPHonor Award University of Utah, Salt Lake City for Natural History Museum of Utah with Ennead ArchitectsMerit Award California State University, Northridge for Student Recreation Center with LPA, Inc.Merit Award

Modesto Junior College, Yosemite Community College District for Student Services Building with Perkins+Will

Merit Award

University of Baltimore for John and Frances Angelos Law Center with Ayers Saint Gross

2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse
Honor Award Arizona State University for Student Health Services with orcutt | winslow and Lake | Flato ArchitectsHonor Award Bridgewater State University for Science and Mathematics Center with PayetteHonor Award Thompson Rivers University for Old Main Academic Building Addition with Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsHonor Award University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for Claire T. Carney Library with designLAB architectsHonor Award University of Washington for Odegaard Undergraduate Library with The Miller Hull PartnershipMerit Award Brown University for Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World with Anmahian Winton ArchitectsMerit Award Colorado State University for Durrell Center with 4240 ArchitectureMerit Award

Georgetown University for Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, STUDIOS Architects

Merit Award Riverside Community College District for Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties with LPA Inc.Merit Award University of Pennsylvania for George A Weiss Pavilion at Franklin Field with Crawford Architects
2014 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation
Honor Award Arizona State University for Manzanita Hall with Studio Ma with Solomon Cordwell BuenzHonor Award Northwestern University for Charles Deering Library West Entry Restoration with HBRA Architects, Inc.

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Corporate cash alters university curricula

Corporate cash alters university curricula | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
More companies are entering partnerships with colleges to help design curricula, as state universities seek new revenue and industry tries to close a yawning skills gap.
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"The University of Maryland has had to tighten its belt, cutting seven varsity sports teams and forcing faculty and staff to take furlough days. But in a corner of the campus, construction workers are building a dormitory specifically designed for a new academic program.

Many of the students who live there will be enrolled in a cybersecurity concentration funded in part by Northrop Grumman Corp. The defense contractor is helping to..."

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Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?

Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The idea of crowdsourcing architectural design is pretty disruptive, some of its critics would even say cataclysmic. The object of their distress is a website,  arcbazar.com, which came online in 2011 and offers an interface between people looking for design services and those in the design and construction world who might come up with a design solution. Arcbazar was started by Imdat As, an architect with a doctorate in architectural design from Harvard, who wanted to connect architects with potential clients – during the height of the recession a few years ago. Arcbazar was instantly coined the “99designs.com of architecture,” after a website that crowdsources graphic design services. (Full disclosure: As and I are colleagues at the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.) He notes that the architecture profession is involved in only a fraction of total construction activity, foregoing potential fees that As estimates at $22 billion. Arcbazar was designed as a vehicle for architects and designers to be involved in small projects for clients who would typically not seek design services."

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Of interest.

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Community colleges continue growth in online classes but join general move away from MOOCs

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A nice report from the Instructional Technology Council from a survey of its membership.

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Executing Campus Master Plans in Times of Shrinking Resources

Executing Campus Master Plans in Times of Shrinking Resources | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Winston-Salem State University is hosting a one-day symposium that will look at how colleges and universities are implementing their master plans. Faced with sporadic enrollment growth, dwindling resources, and increased pressure for efficiency, campuses are realizing a different set of challenges. This timely and intriguing discussion will consider how higher education institutions across the Carolinas are rethinking their priorities and potential funding sources. While some universities have seen little or no growth, others continue to experience increased enrollments. Hear how the shift to focus more on renovation projects may be required to meet the need for quality academic space."

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May 20, 2014: Learn how higher education institutions across the Carolinas are rethinking their priorities and potential funding sources.

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Beyond Facebook: What's next for social media in higher ed?

[U]nderutilization of social media is a red-flag for many prospective students."

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Interesting in its description of some of the services in the realm being marketed to institutions.

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New Study Finds Asthmatic Children Cause Inner City Traffic Congestion

New Study Finds Asthmatic Children Cause Inner City Traffic Congestion | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
In the face of countless scientific studies showing that areas with large amounts of car congestion can lead to higher rates of asthma in children, a new study finds the correlation to be flipped: asthmatic kids are creating congestion in cities.
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A very timely article.

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