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Conference Presentations

Delivered
July 14, 2019

2019 Annual Conference | July 2019

California State University’s Graduation Initiative 2025

Abstract: As the country’s largest and most diverse four-year public university system, what happens at the California State University (CSU) reverberates nationwide. Each year, the CSU awards more than 125,000 degrees and one in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of a CSU campus. Graduation Initiative 2025 is a university-wide initiative to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be successful and graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting students’ and their family’s future and producing additional graduates to power the workforce for California and the nation. In this special session, the CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs will address the challenges and opportunities facing the 23-campus system’s efforts to expand authentic access to opportunity for students from all backgrounds and circumstances, eliminate equity gaps and ensure student success.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
March 27, 2019

2019 Pacific Regional Conference | March 2019

Buildings From the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s

Rehab or Tear Down?

See how other campuses are dealing with buildings from this era as it relates to policy and capital projects. We'll include case studies of both rehabilitation and tear-down.
Abstract: Many institutions are trying to figure out what to do with buildings from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, many of which could be considered “background buildings”. With failing systems and extensive upgrade costs, what are the pros and cons of renew versus replace? Can “old” be made new again while maintaining architectural diversity for students on campus? See how other campuses are dealing with this issue as it relates to policy and capital projects. We'll include case studies of both rehabilitation and tear-down.

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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
January 1, 2019

Engage With Purpose

Seek Broad, Deep, and Diverse Perspectives in Your Planning Process

Your campus community has valuable insights to offer your planning initiatives. Design your engagements with care, using a framework that underscores purpose.

From Volume 47 Number 2 | January–March 2019

Abstract: As new spaces, services, and experiences are being designed and redesigned on campuses, many teams are engaging users (and non-users) in the planning process. Where engagement goes wrong is when it doesn’t connect to your audience or your objectives. So how do you ensure that input from your engagement is contributing to an effective and intelligent design? Using our work at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and SUNY Fredonia as case studies, we’ll show you how to align your method of engagement with participant type, diversify input and unpack findings, and optimize the experience for participants.

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Report

Published
July 31, 2018

Connecting the Dots

Campus Form, Student Perceptions, and Academic Performance

This research evaluates the role the campus built environment plays in student retention and graduation, using the California State University (CSU) campuses as the sample.
Abstract: This report was produced by the researcher awarded the M. Perry Chapman Prize for 2016–2017.

This research evaluates the role the campus built environment plays in student retention and graduation. The relationship between objective and perceived measures of the physical campus and student academic performance was examined using the California State University (CSU) campuses as the sample. The results show that both objective and perceived measures are significantly associated with academic performance and provide higher education institutions with insight regarding the role of the physical campus in enhancing student retention and graduation rates.

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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
December 1, 2004

Using Behavioral Research to Assist in the Redesign of University Plazas

Behavioral research was planned and implemented to determine the drawbacks of an existing university plaza and develop recommendations for its redesign – and found clear relationship between the design of the plaza and how people moved through it as well as what activities they engaged in.

From Volume 33 Number 2 | December–February 2004

Abstract: This article looks at how behavioral research can be an effective tool to use during the redesign process of university plazas. It also summarizes the research that was conducted at University Union Plaza at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), a 30-year-old plaza that is scheduled to be redesigned. Through the use of behavioral and cognitive mapping techniques, this research illustrates how people react to various design characteristics of the existing plaza and how this affects the way they use the space. The research was used as a tool to analyze the positive and negative design attributes of the existing plaza and to provide recommendations for its redesign. The research method described in this article was an effective way for Cal Poly planners to analyze the plaza’s existing design and provides justifiable recommendations for its redesign. This research has not only been beneficial to planners at Cal Poly but can also be useful for professionals at other university campuses interested in redesigning plazas and communal areas.

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