Student Center / Union

Planning for Higher Education Journal

“Bubble Goo” Strategic Planning Case Study

The strategic exercise provided the opportunity to formulate concepts and create frameworks for student life space and experience, all while defining a program for the transformation of the campus center.
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Creating a Perfect Union

John Taylor, CEO of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) collaborated with SCUP for an article in this issue of Learning By Design. A more perfect student union is possible when planners understand students and their campus environments, enabling more intentional design for creating and enhancing community building.
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Creating a Vision and Value Proposition for the Urban Campus

In this session, presenters will show how the Student Center launched the institution’s comprehensive strategy to create a new interdisciplinary culture and an urban ecosystem for Chicago’s South Loop. Learn how you can harness capital assets and resources on your campus to deliver on a vision and drive business objectives, academic mission, and interdisciplinary engagement.
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Crossroads of Campus

In this session, we'll share how we reactivated a stagnant and segmented university center in a long-neglected sector of campus into a new 'crossroads' destination that connects students, faculty, and staff.
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Integrating Inclusivity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism in Design

This session will explore the role IDM plays in Western Michigan University's design process and its influence on the development of its new student center.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

It Takes a (Virtual) Village

This large community college successfully embraced virtual communication platforms and moved forward with a viable 10-year plan during a global health crisis, economic turbulence, and technological change.
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Make No Little Plans

Master plans are more than a campus-wide tool, and with thoughtful planning and execution, institutions can craft a vision tailored to student needs related to housing, dining, and the co-curricular student experience.
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Mid-century Make-over

As part of repositioning for the 21st century, Drexel University renovated the Korman Center, a 1950s library, and the academic quad to serve as a 24/7 student hub and interdisciplinary academic study center that encourages student collaboration.
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Revitalization at Harvard’s Center

Come learn how we successfully navigated stakeholder outreach and generated a campus center design solution within the existing building.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Seven Lessons in Inclusive Campus Design

Institutions are starting to grapple with histories of developing indigenous lands and the legacy of an able-bodied vernacular within campus design that continues to reinforce in-groups and out-groups.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Student Centers

Carefully integrating campus dining strategies into student centers, particularly given today’s ubiquitous digital technologies, has the potential to create and enhance student face-to-face interactions and informal learning.