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Five Ways to Advance Higher Education for Future Viability

Key Insights, Findings, and Questions From the Virtual Pacific Region Fall Series, “COVID + CRUCIBLE: HIGHER EDUCATION FACES FALL 2020”
Published 2021
In the fall of 2020, SCUP’s Pacific Region held five sessions over eight weeks to explore the core topics shaping higher education as colleges and universities adapted in response to the pandemic. This publication offers key insights, findings, and questions from this Virtual Pacific Region Fall Series.
Webinar Recordings

Unleashing the Power of Difference

Creating Neuro-Inclusive Learning Spaces
Published 2021
We live in a neurodiverse world. Spaces that support sensory needs can allow a wider range of students to flourish, creating a more equitable—and more flexible—environment. Leaders from Thomas Jefferson University and Verona Carpenter Architects will share examples across typologies of innovative solutions, unleashing the generative power of difference.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

‘Colorblind-Spots’ in Campus DesignLocked

Planners and Architects Can Offer Solutions That Center on Social Justice
From Volume 49 Number 1 | October–December 2020
Educational leaders are noting that conventional campus design planning efforts have neglected to include the voices of historically underserved communities. Socio-spatial inquiry can help institutions offer an equity approach to inclusivity and authentic engagement.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19Locked

Changes Are Demanding That Campuses Include All Learners
From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
Demographics on campuses have changed, expectations for accessibility have increased, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. Thirty years after the ADA was signed into law, much has been achieved; however, there is more to be accomplished at colleges and universities if we are to provide inclusive experiences for all learners. A renewed approach to campus planning and design, informed by the principles of Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning, and with a commitment to delivering hybridized online and in-person models of educational delivery, is needed now.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

From Lagging to LeadingLocked

Bentley University and Boston College Sack Stereotypes About Athletic Facility Sustainability and Energy Performance
From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
An integrated team of cross-discipline collaborators accomplished their objective of creatively reimagining athletic facilities at two institutions for the greater good of each campus and its community. Using sustainable and cost-efficient design opportunities and aligned technologies, they succeeded in countering the outdated stereotype of the athletic building as a lagging energy performer.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

De-Densifying Classrooms in the COVID-19 EraLocked

A Scalable and Accurate Non-Linear Model Projects New Distanced Space Capacities
From Volume 48 Number 4 | July–September 2020
Columbia College Chicago’s “logistic growth model,” a mathematical model that is adaptable to highly variable campus spaces, gives priority to human-centered solutions while also promoting physical and emotional well-being. It can flexibly accommodate instructors, teaching assistants, and students for different pedagogical uses and within different types of facilities.
Webinar Recordings

Passive House Design and Residence Halls

The Perfect Pairing
Published 2020
The session will discuss the basics of Passive House (PH) design, how it can both save energy and improve the quality of the interior environment. The presenters will illustrate how Passive House design has been incorporated from both a design and administrative standpoint at the new residence hall at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Webinar Recordings

Mitigating Stress

What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Work and Collaboration
Published 2020
Backed by neuroscience research from the NBBJ Fellowship Program with New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Medina—an initiative by the global design and planning firm NBBJ—this session presents research and ideas to create more uplifting experiences at work and how to mitigate stress for frontline workers, both immense challenges in light of an ongoing pandemic and the associated economic uncertainty.
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The Connected Campus

Building Long-Term Value and Agility by Connecting Offerings, Organizations and Operations
Published 2020
Sponsored Content: Knoll and brightspot strategy. Campus environments play a vital role in student success. By making changes to their combination of spaces, institutions can respond to the shifts transforming higher education. Elliot Felix shares how colleges and universities can prepare for a more blended world by bringing together the digital and physical, enabling greater diversity and inclusion, and implementing flexible structures, staffing, space, and services.
Conference Presentations

Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines

Improving Human Experience on Campus
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. The University of Minnesota follows the state’s sustainable building guidelines, specifically Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), and uses post-occupancy evaluations (POE) to measure user satisfaction with campus buildings. In this session, we’ll demonstrate how to implement sustainability initiatives, which have a significant impact on campus building performance and by extension, user performance and wellbeing.
Conference Presentations

Using Metrics to Maximize the UW-Platteville Engineering Facility

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. We’ll discuss how we leveraged metrics and space utilization studies to achieve a unifying one-building solution for all engineering programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville rather than the original master plan vision for three buildings.
Conference Presentations

Campus Tour: Northwestern University

The Functional Convergence of North Campus to Maximize Growth
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. Touring select spaces in the Kellogg Global Hub, our professional business school, and Mudd Hall, a mixed-use research and library building, this session will provide an overview of recent north campus development.
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