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Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize

Libraries as Informal Learning Spaces— excerpt from the first Chapman Prize Report + Call for 2013 Prize | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The Call for the 2013 Perry Chapman Prize is live through May only. Respondents are asked to address the question: 
How does the physical campus support instit…
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SCUP will soon publish the monograph, "Research on Learning Space Design: Present State, Future Directions," by Susan Painter, Janice Fournier, Caryn Grape, Phyllis Grummon, Jill Morelli, Susan Whitmer, and Joseph Cevetello. This team received the 2012 Perry Chapman Prize to support their work.


From the introduction to the report from the 2012 recipients:


"Although several hundred articles and a number of books on these topics had been written by the fall of 2012, the field is still at an early stage of development. A first step in creating value from this existing body of work is to gather, summarize, and evaluate how far the field has come in identifying the elements that will allow us to thoughtfully design learning spaces and evaluate their impact. This was the purpose of the project being reported here: a literature review undertaken by a small group of researchers and campus architects/planners who had applied for and been awarded a small grant from the Perry Chapman estate, administered through the Sasaki Foundation in honor of M. Perry Chapman and administered by the Society for College and University Planning."


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Library spaces - "The researchers used mapping exercises, student-gathered photographs, surveys, interviews, and design charrettes. Their findings paint a detailed picture of students’ study lives that has implications for institutions that want to make the library relevant to those lives: 

Students are highly scheduled and on the go all of the time. There is no “average” day for a student. Academic, social, recreational, work, volunteer, and personal activities are all in the mix and each day is different. They eat on the go and carry their belongings with them, although they don’t carry their laptops. Students’ schedules are “offset” from librarians’ schedules. Students study in the library, at home/in their dorms, and in the computer lab. They use computer technology throughout the day and in multiple locations.

 The researchers also reported results from the design charrettes that show student needs and preferences:

Flexibility: spaces that meet a variety of needs. Students want to move easily among the spaces. Group and individual study areas are important, as are spaces to relax, a café, and computing and media viewing areas.   Comfort: spaces that provide comfort and have a “family room” atmosphere. This includes easy access to coffee and food, natural light, and an environment with soothing textures, sounds, and great warmth. The space should support sitting, slouching, putting one’s feet up, and lying down.  Technology: technology and tools should be intuitively integrated into the space. This includes high-end technology such as media players, smart boards, and plasma screens as well as low-tech items such as power outlets, staplers, and three-hole punch tools.Staff support: Students rarely made distinctions between the types of staff they needed in the library; rather, they expected to interact with a generic staff member who would be able to provide reference assistance, check out materials, answer IT questions, and brew a great latte. There were very few mentions of a reference or information desk. Librarians cannot assume that they know how students do their academic work or what they need.Resources: students included library materials in their designs, ranging from academic and reference books to leisure magazines and DVDs.  " Ackn. SCUP
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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

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


2015 Pacific Regional Conference
March 22-24 | Portland, OR


2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference
April 12-14 | Providence, RI

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‘The Hunting Ground’ exposes an ‘epidemic’ of rape in American colleges

‘The Hunting Ground’ exposes an ‘epidemic’ of rape in American colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A new documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival is poised to reframe the national conversation about rape on US college campuses. The film will see broad theatrical release in March. 

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Undocumented Undergrads Continue to Face Challenges

A new study examines the unique educational and financial challenges faced by undocumented college students. Despite high stress levels, the majority of these students earn high grades. 

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University Classroom Design Principles to Facilitate Learning

University Classroom Design Principles to Facilitate Learning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A review of classroom design principles...from the instructor's point of view. Our newest Planning for Higher Education article.

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A Counterculture Spirit Flourishes, Preserved Under Fiberglass Domes

A Counterculture Spirit Flourishes, Preserved Under Fiberglass Domes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A 1970s experiment in communal housing at the University of California, Davis, continues to draw students with its sustainable, grow-your-own ethos.

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First Lady Invites Students and Educators to State of the Union

Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union Address, profiles of the students and teacher Michelle Obama has invited to watch the speech with her. Their stories illustrate the education topics the president will address.

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Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors?

Should Urban Universities Help Their Neighbors? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The University of Chicago is teaming up with the city, nonprofits, and community groups to revitalize the troubled Woodlawn neighborhood on its border. Initiatives include down payment support for employees to purchase homes in Woodlawn and a program to help local businesses complete for university contracts.

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Stimulating Change Through Recombinant Facilities (1997) | PHE 50 Classic Articles

Stimulating Change Through Recombinant Facilities (1997) | PHE 50 Classic Articles | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

This week's classic Planning for Higher Education article looks at how traditional and virtual environments can be integrated...circa 1997.

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Placing Academics at the Heart of Higher Education Planning

Placing Academics at the Heart of Higher Education Planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A new Planning article from Robert Dickeson argues that the academic plan should inform and drive all other institutional plans.

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'American Higher Education in Crisis?' -- A Fact-Filled and Thought-Provoking Must-Read

Goldie Blumenstyk's new book, American Higher Education in Crisis?, is a well-researched analysis of US higher ed at a critical crossroads, according to reviewer Dr. Ricardo Azziz.

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Obama’s free-tuition plan: Four questions

Obama’s free-tuition plan: Four questions | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How four groups of stakeholders—Congress, state governments, higher ed, and the public—might react to President Obama's ambitious proposal for tuition-free community college.

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When a Fancy Degree Scares Employers Away

When a Fancy Degree Scares Employers Away | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Elite degrees are becoming a liability for job applicants at some tech companies. Where start-ups value self-motivation and self-direction, degrees signal a need for feedback systems and external motivations.

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In Time of Disruption, Media Companies and Colleges Look to Each Other for Help

Two industries facing disruption—higher ed and journalism outlets—are partnering up in a tag-team approach to innovation.

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No Tax Raises on 529s: Revenge of the Upper Middle Class

No Tax Raises on 529s: Revenge of the Upper Middle Class | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The Obama administration dropped its plan to raise taxes on 529 college savings accounts after Republicans and Democrats claimed it would hurt middle class families. But who really would have been affected by the tax increase?

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A 50-year trivia tradition so intense it consumes a campus

What started as an on-campus trivia contest at Lawrence University has spread to surrounding communities...and beyond.

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Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation?

Why are so many college students failing to gain job skills before graduation? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Two recent studies found that the majority of college graduates do not have the complex reasoning skills needed in today's workplace.

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This Is The Ultimate Routine For A Perfect Work Day

This Is The Ultimate Routine For A Perfect Work Day | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A recent study found that working for 52 minutes then breaking for 17 is the most productive way to structure your day. A visual guide to actually working smarter, not harder.

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Obama's higher education plan for the end of his term

US President Obama reviewed a number of higher ed priorities during yesterday's State of the Union address, but didn't mention others. This is a guide to all of the higher ed initiatives the Obama administration would like to tackle during its final two years.

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Martin Luther King’s prophetic comments about education reform

Martin Luther King’s prophetic comments about education reform | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Comments Martin Luther King made about the purpose and value of education are still true today.

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Educational Jargon Generator

No need to spend time thinking up jargon for your next plan or report—now this generator will do it for you! Are you guilty of any of these?

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How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

How can you make difficult conversations less, well, difficult? Eight tips for delivering disappointing news, sharing negative feedback, and disagreeing with your boss.

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Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point (EDUCAUSE Review)

Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point (EDUCAUSE Review) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A number of EDUCAUSE's Top 10 IT Issues point to the need for integrated planning: IT collaborations with academy leadership, IT as part of an institutional approach to student support, and the connection of IT priorities with institutional strategy.

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Virtual Personal Assistant App Helps Students Manage College Life

Virtual Personal Assistant App Helps Students Manage College Life | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

A new mobile app that helps students navigate college—both literally and figuratively—is winning praise from students and higher ed administrators alike.

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Boston, in Old College Try, Uses Campuses in 2024 Olympic Bid

Boston, in Old College Try, Uses Campuses in 2024 Olympic Bid | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Boston's partnership with its colleges allowed the city to put in a sustainable and cost-effective bid to host the Olympics. The sporting venues are already built,  there's housing for athletes, and the brain power at schools of urban planning, design, and business are ready to tackle logistical and financial challenges.

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Associations weigh in on how to gauge post-college outcomes

Associations weigh in on how to gauge post-college outcomes | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Three associations have put together a framework for measuring the value of a college degree that goes beyond short-term outcomes such as employment and earnings.

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Long a College Town, Worcester Now Looks the Part

Long a College Town, Worcester Now Looks the Part | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Home to nine higher ed institutions, Worcestester, MA, played the long game when it came to redeveloping itself into a student-friendly town. The results? Worcester is now the second-largest city in New England with an unemployment rate lower than its home state's.

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