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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
September 29, 2022

Campus Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

Leverage These Tools to Achieve Your Planning and Sustainability Goals

By integrating historic buildings into your campus planning, their continued reuse can help solve some of the specific challenges facing university planners today.

From Volume 50 Number 4 | July–September 2022

Abstract: Historic campus buildings are often perceived as a burden, but by integrating them into your campus planning, their continued reuse can help solve some of the specific challenges facing university planners today, specifically in the context of sustainability. There are numerous case studies that demonstrate the successful adaptive reuse of varied campus buildings as well as an undeniable body of evidence showing the benefits of such an approach in working toward carbon neutrality. As long-term stewards of their built environments, colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to realize enduring savings from investing in the energy performance of existing buildings.

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Partner Content

Published
June 1, 2022

Planning Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Campus Environments

Student-centered insights on the design of formal learning environments and informal study and lounge spaces can help campuses increase the sense of belonging and improve learning outcomes for underrepresented students. The author is a SCUP Fellow for the 2020–2021 program. Read her full research project final report which infuses student-centered research into a playbook that can guide universities and design teams through key DEI strategies for planning, designing, and assessing physical campus space.

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Published
May 19, 2022

The Planning and Design of Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Campus Environments

This is a SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2020–2021 program. Space is not neutral; we perceive physical environments differently based on our backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. This new, research-based playbook can guide universities and design teams through key strategies and possible metrics relative to DEI to use when planning, designing, and assessing physical campus space.
Abstract: Space is not neutral; we perceive physical environments differently based on our backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. Every student brings a unique perspective to campus, and therefore every campus will have individual needs.

This research project collected a body of evidence around student preferences for welcoming and inclusive physical campus environments, sourced from engagements with more than two dozen institutions and more than 200 students. The author used these findings to develop a playbook to guide institutions and design teams through key strategies and possible metrics relative to DEI to use when planning, designing, and assessing physical campus space. The playbook serves as a conversation starter—a way to get planners, designers, and institutional stakeholders to the table and move the needle toward a more supportive physical environment that embodies the strategic values of DEI.

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Webinar Recordings

Published
September 21, 2021

Libraries in Shaping the Future of Higher Education

Part Three: Libraries as Place in Institutional Transformation

In what ways will libraries continue to be the intellectual hubs where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge?
Abstract: In what ways will libraries continue to be the intellectual hubs where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge? The pandemic has illustrated the power of place and the need for the post-pandemic campus to integrate academic activities for lifelong learning and research.

This conversation will explore the place of the library to convene people for impactful connections, and the new emerging and transformational role of libraries as learning commons that shape the overall campus as a network for collaboration.

This is part three of a three-part webinar series.

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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Published
July 26, 2021

Space Jam

How to Accommodate Campus Events and Meetings This Fall

Much of the conversation around the return to campus this fall has focused on academic courses. But other events and meetings will also need to be accommodated.

From Volume 49 Number 4 | July–September 2021

Abstract: This article discusses an approach for campus meetings and events, such as study sessions, student group meetings, guest speaker presentations, etc., this coming academic year. It also aims to leverage the discussion about near-term needs to generate a more conceptual and flexible understanding of programming, space use, and virtual interaction within higher education.

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Conference Presentations

Delivered
June 17, 2019

2019 Mid-Atlantic Symposium | June 2019

Informal Learning Spaces

Research, Design, and Advocacy on Urban Campuses

Abstract: As we recognize the importance of informal learning spaces, there are still unanswered questions. How should informal learning spaces impact students? How can we understand the potential of informal spaces? How can design optimize this potential? This session will bring insights from multi-year multidisciplinary research in a large university system regarding planning and designing informal learning spaces on multiple college campuses. Come learn how to apply research methods to enhance understanding and support of design goals on your campus.

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Delivered
June 17, 2019

2019 Mid-Atlantic Symposium | June 2019

Designing for Academic Success

A Collaborative Research Model Between Architects and Environmental Psychologists

Discovery, assessment, and scholarship all play a role in how we can shape spaces to meet educational goals.
Abstract: Discovery, assessment, and scholarship all play a role in how we can shape spaces to meet educational goals.

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June 17, 2019

2019 Mid-Atlantic Symposium | June 2019

What Does it Mean to Relate Learning With Space, Behaviors, and Outcomes?

Session participants will learn how to recognize and assess informal learning spaces that enable self-directed active learning.
Abstract: After participating in this session, you will be able to identify and distinguish formal from informal learning spaces, recognize active learning behaviors and describe elements of space and design that enable such behaviors, and identify and choose appropriate assessment methods to generate evidence of specific informal environments for self-directed active learning.

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June 17, 2019

2019 Mid-Atlantic Symposium | June 2019

The Informal Learning Environment

What’s It Look Like? (by Elizabeth Mahon)

One of three presentations in a collection of informal learning environment imagery presented in twelve minutes or less by campus design leaders.
Abstract: One of three presentations in a collection of informal learning environment imagery presented in twelve minutes or less by campus design leaders.

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June 17, 2019

2019 Mid-Atlantic Symposium | June 2019

The Informal Learning Environment

What’s It Look Like? (by Michael Schade)

One of three presentations in a collection of informal learning environment imagery presented in twelve minutes or less by campus design leaders.
Abstract: One of three presentations in a collection of informal learning environment imagery presented in twelve minutes or less by campus design leaders.

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