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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

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

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.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Challenging “If You Build It, They Will Come”Locked

Success of Active Learning Is About More Than the Space
From Volume 48 Number 2 | January–March 2020
Active learning spaces can be catalysts for improved teaching and learning. Yet the key to planning for and effectively implementing them on campus is faculty who are willing to change, accept, and evolve their instructional delivery.
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.
Webinar Recordings

Smart Building Smart Campus

2019–2020 SCUP Fellow Angela Foss—Research Presentation
Published 2020
The research project by SCUP Fellow Angie Foss was to explore the opportunities to bring online learners virtually into Southern New Hampshire University’s new, state-of-the-art Innovation and Design Education building for their College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics. Her research included the development of two modes of delivery—remote labs and augmented reality/virtual interactions—and she also discusses the impact to the project by the immediate shift to all-remote learning due to COVID-19.
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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

A Research-Based Approach to Designing Higher Education Academic Spaces

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. This session will explore the new Academic and Residential Complex at the University of Illinois at Chicago to demonstrate the important role that research played in shaping its design.
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

Simulation and Partnerships

Immersive Public Safety Training Comes to Campus
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. This session will explore trends and partnership development strategies around simulation-based training facilities for first responder students and professionals.
Webinar Recordings

Safe, Smart Campuses for the Pandemic and Beyond

Published 2020
Recorded October 12.To examine how colleges are continuing to function during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chronicle gathered a group of design experts, architects, public-health officials, college leaders, and student affairs officers for this virtual forum. Panelists discussed the lessons learned and how they are applying them to help everyone on campus thrive in spite of the present challenges:
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