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Tuesday, May, 29, 2012

Selected New Books on Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education's most recent listing, by Nina C. Ayoub, includes several books we thought might be of interest to SCUP members:

Decades of Chaos and Revolution: Showdowns for College Presidents, by Stephen J. Nelson (American Council on Education/Rowman & Littlefield; 194 pages; $65). Focuses on two periods—the 1960s through mid-70s and the first decade of the 21st century—and their challenges, including mass protests, the "culture wars," and financial crisis.
Fundraising Strategies for Community Colleges: The Definitive Guide for Advancement, by Steve Klingaman (Council for Advancement and Support of Education/Stylus Publishing; 301 pages; $85 hardcover, $35.95 paperback). Offers a step-by-step guide on how community colleges can apply the development principles of four-year institutions; topics include building a foundation board, the blueprint for an annual fund, closing on major gifts, and enlisting the faculty in fund raising.
Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts, edited by Philip G. Altbach and others (Routledge; 368 pages; $160 hardcover, $52.95 paperback). Writings that compare faculty remuneration and terms of employment across public, private, research, and nonresearch universities in Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, Germany, India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and 19 other countries.
Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America's Public Universities, by Gary C. Fethke and Andrew J. Policano (Stanford University Press; 265 pages; $45). Examines the future for public research universities given the erosion of state support and other challenges; draws on the authors' experience as deans of business schools to develop a strategic framework for determining tuition, access, and programs.
Transformative Learning Through Engagement: Student Affairs Practice as Experiential Pedagogy, by Jane Fried and associates (Stylus Publishing; 200 pages; $75 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Considers the role of student-affairs professionals in helping students learn.



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Monday, January, 17, 2011

Living and Learning on the Third Shift

Are we failing our students by not making our services, including learning experiences, available during some of the times they are most active and definitely engaged in some kind of learning: During the night.


Our front-line residence hall professionals, most commonly our youngest and least-experienced staff members, many of them just a few years past their own undergraduate experience. And these staff are available only to the minority of college students, as many more live off-campus without even these resources nearby.

If we were to design a similar staffing structure in the retail world, we would be out of business in short order. Imagine a convenience store that closed at noon, a shopping mall that shuttered its doors on the weekends, a train schedule that ignored common commuter times. Imagine a restaurant that served exquisite dinners… at 2 p.m. Or a pub that opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 4 p.m. None would survive, and on the way to their demise, people would say, “Geez. What were they thinking?” But on our campuses, many of us miss the big stuff that happens daily (and nightly) for our students. Geez, I wonder, what are we thinking?

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Tuesday, December, 07, 2010

Upgrading Windsor Halls at Purdue


As part of a $65M multi-phase project, Purdue is renovating its Windsor Halls: Five women's residences that are quite old (buildings built between 1930-1950, mostly), linked by underground tunnels. This brief article by an architect working on the project, Sanford E, Garner, is from University Business magazine.

An external and an internal image of part of the work (Phase II, Duhme Hall) are available. Here is a brief report on landscaping and here is the overall master plan for the campus.

‘New’ doesn’t necessarily mean better. Shiny and new does have its appeal. But Windsor Halls also has a place in Purdue’s history. Students like to know that famous people, such as Amelia Earhart, once stayed there. That history was preserved during the renovation. Date rooms, once used for young women to meet their dates as men weren’t allowed on the residence hall floors, have been replaced by common areas. The renovation included restoring the ornate coffin ceiling, original woodwork, formal fireplaces, window seats and the fieldstone floors. The character of the residence halls was preserved in a variety of ways throughout the collegiate-Tudor-style facilities. Students want and need their privacy. After all, most students grew up with their own rooms and private bathrooms. When possible, we worked to create more private rooms and bathrooms. Because of the age of the buildings, however, we were limited by the mechanicals system to create an abundance of private rooms. To compensate, we used residential-style finishes and created more amenities so Windsor could compete with newer campus living options.

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Monday, December, 06, 2010

Providing the Student Services Essentials In a Time of Crisis


This article, Essential Student Affairs Services in a Campus Crisis, in ACUHO-I's Talking Stick magazine by James E. Brunson III, Michael Stang, and Angela Dreesen, is a chapter in the new book, Enough is Enough: A Student Affairs Persepective on Preparedness and Response to a Campus Shooting, from ACPA/NASPA.

A good article/chapter, helping to make the case that student services input and preparation must be a key part of any campus crisis or emergency response plan:


This chapter highlights essential services needed in response to a campus crisis. Specific roles, functions, and use of staff and resources in departments and officers such as housing and dining, student activities, and international student services are defined.

Additionally, partnerships between essential services departments and other campus units and community agencies are emphasized. Of course, all student affairs departments and professionals can be integral in crisis response, but thoughtful preplanning and preparation for thees units can greatly enhance student services during a campus crisis.

The entire book can be purchased here.


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Monday, September, 13, 2010

Residence Halls: Cozier and Greener

Gustavus University's residence halls went through a green renovation this summer. The Gustavian Week provides some of the details.

The summer construction projects, especially the stone infill on the Complex windows, were of a large enough scale to require a general contractor. Gustavus brought in Gosewisch Construction to aid campus employees with the summer projects. The addition of a contractor allowed the projects to be completed in the limited time span of the summer, and also allowed some of the Gustavus work force to engage in projects in academic buildings as well as residence hall renovations.

“We have the ability to change things pretty quickly and easily,” Strey said. “My hope is that students like the renovations that they see happening and the upgrading of the facilities. It’s all part of the college’s long range plan that is important for the college to stay up to date.”

SCUP's webcast later this week, Sustainable Residence Hall Renovation: Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks, is a must-see if you are interested in this topic and wish to begin planning for renovations next year. It is co-produced by ACUHO-I.

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Tuesday, May, 25, 2010

How College Health-Care Plans Fail Students

Don't miss out on joining nearly 1,500 of your colleagues and peers at higher education's premier planning event of 2010, SCUP–45. The Society for College and University Planning's 45th annual, international conference and idea marketplace is July 10–14 in Minneapolis!

Here's your SCUP Link on How Health Care Plans Fail Students

Bryan A. Liang writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education about the state of student health care and insurance plans, which are under increasing scrutiny. The Chronicle article is behind password protection, but SCUP members can read his related article from the April–June 2010 issue of Planning for Higher Education here.

Here he explains the practices under examination:


The exclusionary practices and poor quality of college health plans are unfortunately common. A 2008 report by the Government Accountability Office noted that approximately 80 percent of students carry public or private insurance, either through a parent's insurance or on their own. Yet according to College Parents of America, an advocacy group, many colleges reject the use of that outside insurance. The GAO report also found that college-based plans, besides their low ceilings on coverage, also have payment caps on common services, like outpatient care, that further reduce coverage, high out-of-pocket costs, and simply offer little for the money compared with health plans available in the community.

Moreover, other sources besides Cuomo have also found that, beyond rejecting standard insurance and offering limited benefit plans, college plans spend little on, but profit much off, students. Investigative reports by BusinessWeek have indicated that the "medical-loss ratio" for such plans—the percentage of premiums spent on services—should be close to 80 percent, using community business practice and state law as benchmarks. Health-reform legislation also uses that benchmark. Yet college plans spend far less—reportedly as low as 10 percent in some cases.


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Monday, May, 24, 2010

Auxiliary Services as Potent Revenue Generators

Don't miss out on joining nearly 1,500 of your colleagues and peers at higher education's premier planning event of 2010, SCUP–45. The Society for College and University Planning's 45th annual, international conference and idea marketplace is July 10–14 in Minneapolis!

Here's your SCUP Link to the initial source for Auxiliary Services as Potent Revenue Generators.

Today's Campus' Tom Robinson explores the scope and structure of some campus auxiliary services and how they are faring in campus plans as institutions seek ways to generate more revenues. One potential problem to look out for is whether the new revenues might jeopardize an institution's not for profit status.


University auxiliary divisions are becoming more sophisticated operations. North Carolina State University bundled student centers, bookstores, copy services, campus cards, trademarks, licensing, dining, vending, concessions, convenience stores, catering and retail operations under the moniker Campus Enterprises and appointed a vice-chancellor level director. 

Sacramento State's University Enterprises, Inc. (UEI) has a similar service group with some novel initiatives. UEI owns an electronic outdoor board on Highway 50 which has produced $225,000 in advertising revenue in two years. UEI also acquired the former CalSTRS building in 2007 for $3.53 million. Newly named Folsom Hall, it has 188,000 square feet of classroom and lab space for the school's nursing students. UEI has also managed $300 million in research grants since 2003. The 501(c)(3) entity was created to separate certain revenue streams from state funding. 

Florida Atlantic University has a $123 million Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with British Balfour Beatty Capital Group for the development and management of "Innovation Village," a recreation, residential and retail initiative for grad students. The PPP offers an alternative solution for higher education institutions which are looking to bridge the gap between necessary capital plans—for academic facilities, classrooms and labs, athletic spaces, wellness centers and improved student housing—and the traditional financial resources needed to execute such plans. 



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