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Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building

Scientist Michael Faraday Celebrated in Design of Residence Hall to be WPI's 4th LEED Building | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts plans to break ground for a new $38 million residence hall building in June 2012, with  fast track construction to be completed by July 2013.  This Green building was designed by Boston-based ADD Inc. to meet LEED Certification standards, and will be built by Daniel O'Connell's Sons of Holyoke, Mass. This residence hall will be WPI's fourth LEED-certified building. 


The building's design celebrates the work of Michael Faraday, a British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who lived from 1791 to 1867. Faraday is widely credited as being one of the most influential scientists in history.


Also under construction is a new parking garage featuring the first "rooftop fields" in Massachusetts. The garage will feature rooftop athletic fields for softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, and a variety of other recreational activities. That new facility is projected to open in January 2013, and will include sustainable features such as stormwater recharging, energy efficiency, an electric vehicle charging station, and the use of materials with recycled content; the very nature of the project is an important example of sustainable development in that the land is being used for two purposes under one footprint."

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SCUP Updates and Deadlines

Learn about upcoming deadlines and announcements.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:


Think Strategically Across Higher Education!


Chicago, IL
July 11–15, 2015

 
Call for Proposals is now open!
Deadline: October 1, 2014, 11:59pm Eastern 
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Registration is open for the following events:


2014 Mid-Atlantic Symposium
October 13 | Towson, MD


SCUP Planning Institute - Step I
October 19 | Orlando, FL


2014 Southern Regional Conference
October 20-22 | Orlando, FL


2014 North Atlantic Symposium
October 24 | Stony Brook, NY


SCUP Planning Institute - Step I
November 4 | Ontario, Canada


2014 North Central Regional Conference
November 5-7 | Ontario, Canada


SCUP Planning Institute - Step III
January 16-17 | Tempe, AZ


2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
March 8-10 | Norfolk, VA


2015 Pacific Regional Conference
March 22-24 | Portland, OR
Deadline: October 10 - Call for proposals closes


2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference
April 12-14 | Providence, RI
Deadline: October 6 - Call for proposals closes

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Exploring the Google Glass UX

After developing apps for Google Glass, user experience (UX) designers have a better idea of Glass's strengths and opportunities—in particular, brief usage scenarios that deliver info relevant to the user's immediate context. The wearable holds great promise for industry and education.

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Managing Competency-Based Learning

Managing Competency-Based Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Southern New Hampshire University is spinning off the custom learning management system it built around competency-based education. The system stresses data, analytics, and relationship management.

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Start Up, Slow Down

Start Up,  Slow Down | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Excellent insight into the blurring line between academic research, the licensing of patentable ideas, and going to market as a start-up. Should entrepreneurial students focus on school and let opportunities pass or risk dropping out while trying to launch a potentially lucrative invention?

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College of Tomorrow - US News

College of Tomorrow - US News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

In their special report "College of Tomorrow," U.S. News & World Report looks at how colleges and universities are adapting as demographics, the economy, and technology change the landscape of higher education.

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Donna Bryan's curator insight, September 29, 12:58 PM

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The Upside of Strategic Discipline

Discipline is an often-overlooked determining factor in successful strategic initiatives. This study of how small private liberal arts colleges reacted to the recent recession reveals that discipline is central to long-term sustainable innovation.

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EvoLLLution Symposium on Higher Ed and the Workforce

This Stanford University symposium brought together Google, UCLA, and UC San Diego to stress the importance of bridging the goals of higher education and industry. Passive pipelines aren't sufficient to meet the needs of a 21st century economy; workforce readiness requires agile lifelong learning.

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Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next

Teaching and Learning: Four Big Ideas for What’s Next | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This short video discusses four big trends in higher education learning: analytics designed to foster engagement, second screen content consumption, open badges, and digital publishing. 

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An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu

An Executable Big Data Storage Strategy | EDUCAUSE.edu | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Going to EDUCAUSE 2014 next week? Don't miss SCUP's very own chief learning officer, James Young, presenting with his former Lehigh University colleagues on big data storage strategy!

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Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News

Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider - eCampus News | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Digital badges hold promise to assess and track the skills and competencies that cross-cut learning. At this early stage, though, many questions remain unanswered. A recently released report uses scenario planning (matching badge-design approaches with potential badge uses) to identify nine key issues to consider as the badge movement grows. 

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Washington Journal: Indiana University President Michael McRobbie

Washington Journal: Indiana University President Michael McRobbie | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

An information technologist by training, Indiana University president Michael McRobbie addresses affordability, deferred maintenance, the IU Athlete's Bill of Rights, and fundamental changes occurring in higher education. 

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Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross

Washington Journal: University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

As part of a C-SPAN series on Big Ten higher education leadership, Ray Cross discusses the public policy challenges for a comprehensive state system: state and federal funding, academic research, and serving diverse learners.

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Get a smooth start on construction planning with FLEXspace

Get a smooth start on construction planning with FLEXspace | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

The Flexible Learning Environments eXchange (a.k.a. FLEXspace) is a free online resource that makes space planning easier. Dean and Provost sums up the excellent SCUP–49 presentation given by members of the FLEXspace team.

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Essay by Janet Napolitano on her first year as president of University of California

Essay by Janet Napolitano on her first year as president of University of California | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

“On my first day at the university…I said that I faced a steep learning curve, and my first job was to climb it.” Janet Napolitano, no stranger to complex organizations, reflects on her first year as president of the University of California system.

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Building the University of the Future

Building the University of the Future | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This article and video features Georgetown University's Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis's perspective on emphasizing "cloud, social, mobile", "the internet of things", and delivering technology from "a single plane of glass".

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"Dimensional" Admissions

Asking them to create a portrait of what they would bring to the college community, Bennington College now allows applicants to create their own application portfolio—high school transcript optional.

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Higher Education's Six Sigma

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This Gallup survey of college graduates identifies six crucial elements of the college experience that strongly correlate to long-term success and wellbeing. The key? Make students feel supported and engage them in experiential and deep learning.

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Op-ed: Change Is Critical to the Future of Higher Education

Op-ed: Change Is Critical to the Future of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This short essay by Western Governor's University President Robert Mendenhall stresses accountability and affordability, access and agility, and how competency-based education requires fundamental change.

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Asian universities take top five spots in list of top 50 universities under 50

Asian universities take top five spots in list of top 50 universities under 50 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Is there such a thing as a start-up university? In the glut of rankings, this one looks internationally at the best universities founded in the last 50 years. Are these younger institutions able to do things quicker and better than the more established elites?

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Workspaces That Move People

Workspaces That Move People | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Data supports it—workspaces that encourage employees to "collide" improve performance. This has all sorts of potential for higher ed—nurturing cross-boundary faculty interactions, preparing students for the work environments of the future, and maximizing chance encounters between campus staff.

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The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education

The Other End of the Scale: Rethinking the Digital Experience in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Higher education’s move to the digital environment was supposed to make it more open and accessible. Instead, digital environments are increasingly closed, offline, and gated. This article calls for “research and teaching in the open web” and building “highly integrated and open networks of scholarship,” ultimately shifting the “terms of digital engagement.”

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Increasing Number Of College And University Leaders Concerned About Maintaining Student Enrollment

KPMG’s annual survey of higher education leaders reveals concerns: shrinking enrollments, the pace of technological change, and how their organizations can transform to improve educational delivery.

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Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic

Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How committed are US elite colleges to socioeconomic diversity? The New York Times uses a new measure to reveal the answer—not very—and suggests two public policy moves that would increase access to college, regardless of endowment size.

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New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy - American Academy of Arts & Sciences

New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy - American Academy of Arts & Sciences | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Research is vital to international competitiveness, but the US has fallen to 10th place in research and development investment. This report stresses the need for robust partnerships among universities, industry, and government, and offers actionable recommendations for the long-term viability of the US research system.

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Why College Freshmen May Feel Like Impostors On Campus

First-year students who feel they don't belong at college are less likely to graduate. This one-time intervention for these students improved academic performance and wellbeing for the next three years of their lives.

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10 Lessons Learned From MOOCs

10 Lessons Learned From MOOCs | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Though the MOOC trend seems to have petered out a bit, this list of lessons addresses their durability and impact.

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