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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.
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

Rebooting a COVID-19-Stalled Strategic Planning ProcessLocked

Try Reframing Traditional Assumptions with These Four Steps
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
The current pandemic presents an opportunity to pivot from planning for an unknown future to designing solutions for our “wicked” problems. Results-based strategic design offers tools for an alternative planning process that addresses constraints, constituent needs, experimental solutions, behavior change, and the energy of early adopters.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

‘Smart Change’ for Turbulent TimesLocked

Planning for Survival Requires Speed, Flexibility, and Committed Leadership
From Volume 48 Number 3 | April–June 2020
Higher education faces a very real threat today. In confronting the fallout from COVID-19, colleges and universities are pushed toward making a transformative change. What will that require? A commitment to adaptation, innovation, change management, meeting the most critical student needs, and leaders who stand up to the challenges.
Conference Presentations

Transforming Medical Center Pandemic Responses into Creative Community Partnerships

Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. Join us to discover how you can apply academic medical center (AMC) pandemic responses for long-term best practices at your institution.
Conference Presentations

Keynote: Amidst Converging Storms | Part Two

Planning and Strategy for Long-term Recovery and Resiliency
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. In the second of two keynotes focusing on higher education’s “perfect storm”—the confluence of a global pandemic, financial crisis, shifting demographics, and a changing culture—a cross-disciplinary panel will discuss their integrated planning strategies for moving from a state of triage to transformation.
Conference Presentations

Keynote: Amidst Converging Storms | Part One

Planning and Strategy for Opening a Campus
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. In the first of two keynotes focusing on higher education’s “perfect storm”—the confluence of a global pandemic, financial crisis, shifting demographics, and a changing culture—a cross-disciplinary panel will speak to their current challenges in opening their campuses this fall, whether it be in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid capacity.
Conference Presentations

Campus Tour: University of Illinois at Chicago

Adapting to COVID-19: Evolving Campus Spaces and University Partnerships
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 North Central Regional Conference. This virtual tour will explore formal learning spaces, the social spaces that connect them, the outdoor built environment, and the COVID-19 response strategies implemented to fulfill the academic and research mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) while protecting the health and safety of the university community.

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:
Conference Presentations

Lessons Learned From The Fall 2020 Reopening

What Will Stick?
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Pacific Regional Conference. During the Fall of 2020, institutions across the Pacific Region will develop and implement protocols for reopening. What will stick? What’s been merely disruptive versus an acceleration of much needed changes as higher education evolves to better serve students? How are new approaches supporting an institution’s core mission?
Conference Presentations

Leading in a Crisis

The Power of One
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Southern Regional Conference. This session will introduce you to concepts about preparing for adversity. Institutional leaders often rely on ineffective processes for crisis management, but we’ll provide you with a framework and tools that will allow you to more constructively navigate crises.
Conference Presentations

Keynote: Healthy People, Healthy Planet

WELL Buildings Ignite a Second Wave of Sustainability Amidst a Global Health Crisis
Published 2020
SCUP 2020 Southern Regional Conference. Learn about the latest evidence behind WELL’s new Health-Safety Rating for Facilities Management and Operations, and how the WELL Building Standard can elevate the role of buildings in the fight against COVID-19.
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