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Members of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) scan higher education, inside and out, and present this curated collection of links, articles, and resources.
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SCUP Updates and Deadlines

Learn about upcoming deadlines and announcements.

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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
Deadline: September 10 - Early-bird pricing ends


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


2014 North Central Regional Conference
November 5-7 | Ontario, Canada
Deadline: September 24 - Early-bird pricing ends


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


2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
March 8-10 | Norfolk, VA
Deadline: September 15 - Call for proposals closes


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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Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes

Textbook Companies Are Now Teaching College Classes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
This summer, Chad Mason signed up for online general psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This spring, Jonathan Serrano took intro to psychology online at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. Though the two undergraduates were separated by more than 600 miles, enrolled in different institutions,...
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"In theory, many of [publisher] courses could easily act as stand-alone products," replacing university courses.


Derived from this: "It’s sensitive terrain for the publishers as well. In theory, many of their courses could easily act as stand-alone products they could sell directly to students who need to fill a social science or math requirement. Pearson PLC could become Pearson U. But the publishers don’t have college accreditation. They need the colleges to turn a course into something that can count toward a degree, and they don’t want to undercut their main market."

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nathalie job's curator insight, September 10, 8:12 PM

Is it education? 

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Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment: Statistical Report

The purpose of this report is to examine how often, and under what conditions, postsecondary institutions accept the transfer of credits earned by students at other institutions. It addresses the following questions:
• How often do members of a cohort of beginning college students transfer or coenroll1 between postsecondary education institutions during their undergraduate years?
• How often, and in what amounts, do credits transfer when students move from one institution to another?
• What characteristics of institutions (i.e., control, level, accreditation, and selectivity) and students (i.e., grade point average [GPA] and degree/award level of program) are related to credit transfer?

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From NCES.

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Australian College and University Projects

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College and university reviews and images of architecture, interior, and landscape projects from Architecture Media.

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A nice college of images and info from campus planning and design initiatives down under.

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'Relegating beauty to the study of art and leaving it out of science is no longer tenable'

'Relegating beauty to the study of art and leaving it out of science is no longer tenable' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Elegant equations evoke the same activity in mathematicians' brains as gorgeous art or music
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STEAM, not STEM.

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Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores

Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Campus bookstores say companies’ aggressive tactics hurt business and violate colleges’ exclusivity contracts.
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We wonder, how long such agreements can continue to exist?


"Mr. Rosensweig and Mr. Chesnut asserted that exclusive bookstore contracts don’t serve students’ interests but benefit colleges and universities by generating revenue. The commission Barnes & Noble pays Southern Connecticut State each year varies depending on sales, but the university is guaranteed at least $600,000. On top of that, the company provides $26,000 each year to support textbook scholarships, a lecture series, and a golf classic."

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ASLA Launches New Guide to Green Infrastructure

ASLA Launches New Guide to Green Infrastructure | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has launched a new guide to explain the many benefits of “green infrastructure” — designed systems that harness nature to create proven benefits ...
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'The idea that nature is also infrastructure isn’t new, but it’s now more widely understood to be true, according to Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, executive vice president and CEO of ASLA.


Researchers are amassing a body of evidence to prove that green infrastructure actually works: these systems are often more cost-effective than outmoded models of grey infrastructure—a term used for the concrete tunnels created to move water—and also provide far more benefits for both people and the environment.'

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Strategic Planning at Public and Independent Institutions | Tom Longin

According to Tom Longin, former provost of Ithaca college, the differences between public and independent institutions in terms of strategic planning have primarily to do with whether the planning is taking place at the system level (as with many publics) or on the campus. But the essential principles of planning are the same. More about:
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Tom is a former SCUP president, and former executive editor of Planning for Higher Education. He played a developmental role in the planning of AGB University, AGBU. All of AGBU's contents are on line and viewable by anyone.

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5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The "[a]ward honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

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Higher Education in India & Its challenges :

State Government Victoria Australia presents India Education Summit 2014: conceived and organized by Businessworld. Over the past decade, India has made laud...
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APM Group's curator insight, September 11, 4:52 AM

Education in India despite of high quality is always questioned for its practicability. Most of the basic schools are yet to be modernizing in their approach. The basic thing that I found in Indian school is the absenteeism of the latest trends like facility management, housekeeping services and others.

 

http://www.apmgroup.co.in/

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Evidence Based Design Journal

Evidence Based Design Journal | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Issue 01 of the EBD journal is essential reading for anyone developing a new aged care facility, or remodelling an existing one. Containing globally relevant, detailed case studies, evidence based design strategies, and articles about future trends, the Aged Care Issue of EBD Journal will assist you with brief development, design and facility management"

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Excellent articles and a welcome new journal that planners should bookmark.

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JandLInteriors, LLC's curator insight, September 4, 9:43 AM

This is an excellent site for those who are curious about how to relate to their interior design more effectively!

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The California Community Colleges' Research and Planning Group's Conference Proceedings

The California Community Colleges' Research and Planning Group's Conference Proceedings | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The California Community Colleges' 2014 Research & Planning Conference proceedings (conference materials) are available for many sessions. Examples of session titles include: 


Presentation provides an overview, tools and examples of a 360-degree feedback approach to the evaluation of integrated planning processes.


Presentation introduces an integrated planning protocol developed and implemented by Yuba CCD and how faculty are engaged in the process.


Presentation explores the concerns and costs associated with students taking longer than necessary to finish a degree.
Presentation shares College of the Canyons’ online program planning and review system fully integrates department planning with budget development and college-wide strategic planning, including embedding SLOs into the online system. 
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The RP Group does quality work, almost always sharing it with the rest of the world. Thanks.

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SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education

SCUP Book | The Human Side of the Strategic Planning Process in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Very few, if any, organizations operate with anything remotely resembling clockwork precision. As for stability, many organizations need to regularly adapt new practices just to maintain their status quo. Higher education institutions, perhaps more than other organizations, need to consistently practice adaptability to remain competitive and relevant.


SCUP Planning Institute faculty trainer, Robert P. Delprino, has drawn on his education, professional life, and experience as an institute faculty member to write a book every planner should read. “Change is a people process; the strategic planning process is not a solitary activity but one that involves a number of players. Its success depends on the individuals and groups who participate in the plan’s development, application, and evaluation.”

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A benefit of SCUP membership. Also available for others as an inexpensive download. Combine it with another SCUP book, A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education by Karen Hinton and you have a reference for your committees.

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Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience

Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Living away from home gives students a chance to immerse themselves in new academic and social worlds. But that kind of college experience is available only to an increasingly privileged few.
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"But the arguments for living on campus are complicated at every turn. In reality, dorm life, especially at selective schools, can be alienating for first-generation minority students struggling to relate to peers with private school diplomas and plenty of pocket money. To low-income parents, many of whom have more traditional values, talk of non-academic engagement can sound pretty frivolous and even suspicious, as if easy access to frat row were being recast as a pillar of a well-rounded education. To these same parents, staying at home doesn’t seem at all unconventional. In high school, my peers and I understood going away to college as going away. Separation from family was part of the deal. This is not a universally accepted notion in Latino and Asian family traditions in which multi-generational households are quite common."

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Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out

Places of Higher Learning Expand Up, Not Out | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Two-storey addition on top of Thompson Rivers University building gives B.C. law school sweeping style and space
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Using some additional examples, this also explores the growth in "vertical campuses," in Canada.

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Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism

Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Learning analytics stand poised to benefit students in previously impossible ways. Alongside innovation, however, ethical discussions need probing questions, assessments of possible outcomes, and active disagreement about future developments. Ethical modeling will not achieve these, at least not in a substantive way; principled reflection needs to keep up with the speed of innovation as closely as possible. An inner matrix of tensions will achieve ethical reflection aligned with innovation — or at least get us closer to that goal. When schools or companies build new learning analytics systems, or when schools are deciding between competing products, ethical discussions ought to be in the forefront of outcomes-based commitments. The proposed tensions of utopianism (what is the very best outcome?), ambiguity (are the outcomes knowable?), and nihilism (how are unexpected outcomes handled?) can help institutions and companies fulfill the goal of assisting student success."

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The author, James E. Willis, III is an educational assessment specialist at Purdue University.

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For the University of Maryland University College, survival is a war on multiple fronts

For the University of Maryland University College, survival is a war on multiple fronts | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Its once unique role in distance education for members of the military has been eroding, in the face of intense new competition. And now military numbers are going down.


This curator fondly recalls taking a meteorology course from UMUC, while he was in Vietnam, in the late '60s.

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Inside Look: Campus Retail

Inside Look: Campus Retail | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Whether it’s purchasing textbooks every semester or meeting daily needs such as meals, snacks or health and beauty aids, students who find the right dining and retail stores on campus have a better co
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Interesting how other retail perks up while bookstores suffer.

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Francey Smith's curator insight, September 11, 2:13 PM

This a growing trend

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A Professor in the President's Chair: Pushing for a 'Friendly Revolution'

A Professor in the President's Chair: Pushing for a 'Friendly Revolution' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"There are only two branches to this job: No. 1, make sure students are getting the most profound, life-changing, life-enhancing educational experience they can, and, No. 2, make sure that 100 years from now, whoever’s sitting in this chair will have the resources so he or she can do the exact same thing. That’s all. Everything else is noise."

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"When I took out a yellow legal pad and wrote everything down, including things like deferred maintenance and infrastructure for technology that hadn’t been included, the structural debt ballooned to a little over $6-million. That’s when I realized, Wow, I’m in this thing. We’ve chiseled away at that debt, but I hadn’t expected to spend that much time and effort on such issues."

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Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend)

Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"But in about five or six years, I predict we’ll see the need to shift that model to one that emphasizes “legibility” of space. By that I mean spaces where the layouts are easy to understand, easy to navigate, and where the spaces’ intended uses are clear and obvious. Why this shift? Changing demographics. These current ambiguous spaces are very much inspired by Generation Y. But there’s another generation behind them—Generation Z, the kids of Gen X-ers—who will be coming into the office workforce at the end of the decade. Now in high school and middle school, these kids have two defining characteristics: they highly value order and predictability (their Gen X parents were latchkey kids in the seventies, determined to counteract the chaos in their own childhoods by raising intact families and kids who value clarity and certainty), and they are almost congenitally distracted. They are heroic multitaskers, glued to their smartphones and tablets—and guess what? They’re terrible at it."

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"Dr. Michael O’Neill, senior research strategist at Haworth, on the future of the office, the demographics dilemma, and the emerging need for clarity in workplace design"

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Five Ways to Create Success for Veterans in Higher Education

Five Ways to Create Success for Veterans in Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In the first installment of this two-part series, Nathan Sable argued that the biggest challenge veteran students face is regaining their sense of service and community. From there, he outlined the first two of his five strategies for how higher education institutions can help support this effort; through hiring a knowledgeable veteran coordinator and creating a sense of service. In this article, he explains his remaining three strategies for creating success for veteran students in higher education."

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Worth a look if you are planning or advising someone planning improvements in veterans' programs.


Also, a very nice publication to monitor as lifelong learning picks up in importance.

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80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice

80% See Need for Evidence in Design Process But Only 16% Review Literature as Part of Their Normal Practice | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"As architects and designers, where does our understanding of people come from? Mostly, subjective observation and untested assumption," according to Evidence Based Design Journal.

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SCUPers who 'get' integrative planning and design will understand the value of evidence based design. SCUP initiatives, like the Perry Chapman Prize, underwrite research in support of evidence based planning and design. 

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'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money'

'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Put simply, when combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money."

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Where does a faculty member work? Where is the faculty workplace? The campus? The classroom? An on-campus faculty office? 

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 5, 7:09 AM

What do we find most attractive about a new job offer? How important is the physical workplace in that decision-making process? A recent Australian study, undertaken by Hassell Architects and Empirica Research, dug up some intriguing stories about the role of workplace culture, people and design in the decisions we make about where we will spend ours days.

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U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center

U Iowa Grows a Green Roof on $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The University of Iowa recently opened its new $126 million interdisciplinary biomedical research center, which sports what it claims is a first for the state: a green roof.
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"The facility, which is pursuing gold LEED certification, will include multiple microclimates to accommodate a variety of plantings, according to coverage in the Daily Iowan. Also, because portions of the roof can be seen from many of the building's offices, the green will provide a visual break for occupants.


Among the operations in the center will be six floors of research labs and a mix of wet and dry labs. Among the major areas of research will be diabetes, cardiovascular, auditory, lung biology and biomedical imaging. One level will contain the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, with several MRIs."

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New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with CAEL’s Tate on Prior Learning, Competency-Based Ed

New Directions for Higher Education: Q&A with CAEL’s Tate on Prior Learning, Competency-Based Ed | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

DiSalvio: Some note that the greatest risk to traditional higher education is the growing interest in competency-based or prior-learning education models. Could you explain the source of this alarm?


Tate: I think the source of the alarm is different for prior-learning assessment than it is for competency-based education. On the prior-learning assessment side, what most people are concerned about is that it will take students away from the classroom. The fear is that it will reduce the participation of students in courses. And further, that the faculty will have less of a role in the students’ education because so much of the learning will be coming from outside the classroom.


The quality question that is frequently raised is: “How do we know that the student really has this knowledge?” But when you get under that question, you find that the concern is really that the faculty will not have the same control over a student’s learning as they would if it were under their auspices in their classrooms, internships or research. So there is some reasonable amount of alarm over faculty loss of control. Usually that makes its way into a quality argument. But it’s often really about the issue of control, rather than quality.


On the financial side, there is fear that prior-learning assessment will diminish full-time equivalent enrollment generation. The financial concern and the faculty concern are very closely related. The financial issue is related to the potential loss of credits—and revenue—generated within the institution. These are legitimate concerns, but what we try to demonstrate is that people, in fact, don’t take fewer credits, but rather tend to take more credits because they stay in school longer and are more likely to graduate. They tend to persist and this means the institution will not lose the revenue.

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Good interview. DiSalvio interviews Pamela Tate, president and CEO of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

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SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile

SCUP Immediate Past-President Alex Roe Keynotes International Event in Chile | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"CIES, Congreso de Infraestructura trata sobre gestión y desarrollo de infraestructura, compartiendo e intercambiando experiencias de gestión, financiamiento, servicios, administración y tecnología."

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That translates (Thanks, Google!) into: "CIES , Infrastructure Congress is about management and infrastructure development, sharing and exchanging experiences in management, financing , services, management and technology."

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