Learning Resources

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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.

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


Planning Adaptable Spaces for a Growing Campus Community
Published 2019
We will share how the renovation of The Ohio State University’s Biomedical and Materials Science Engineering Complex’s managed project objectives to achieve the best use of space, phased construction, budget, and sustainability goals.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Challenge of Making Buildings FlexibleLocked

How to Create Campuses That Adapt to Changing Needs
From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
How can buildings be both flexible and concrete? The answer is critical as institutions try to keep up with rapid changes in technology, curriculum, teaching techniques, and demographics.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Teaching, Learning, Doing in Collaborative SpacesLocked

From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
The intermingling of undergraduate students with grad students, post-docs, faculty, and commercial interests in one innovative facility results in better academic experiences.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

University-Industry Collaborations Are Driving Creation of Next-Generation Learning SpaceLocked

From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
New spaces, ranging from fabrication and prototyping studios to innovation districts, reflect a growing entrepreneurship and maker culture and give students the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly evolving marketplace.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Collaborative Spaces Transform Teaching, Amplify Learning, and Maximize ResourcesLocked

From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
A wide range of interactive, hands-on, and socially enhanced settings provide space for the most effective and dynamic teaching and learning in higher education today.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Enhancing the Student Experience in the SciencesLocked

The Pennsylvania State University Creates a Nucleus for Student Education and Advising
From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
Science education and science student retention are improved by transforming an underutilized campus space into an Academic Support Center that colocates critical undergraduate academic services.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Doing More with LessLocked

Five Trends in Higher Education Design
From Volume 42 Number 1 | October–December 2013
Just a few years ago we would strive to utilize a space during 60 percent of its usable hours; now we are asked to strive for 70 to 80 percent utilization.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Constructing the Interdisciplinary Ivory TowerLocked

The Planning of Interdisciplinary Spaces on University Campuses
From Volume 36 Number 3 | April–June 2008
An analysis of strategic and campus plans at 21 research institutions reveals lessons learned regarding planning and nurturing interdisciplinary space.