Planning for Higher Education Journal
Universal Design in the Age of COVID-19
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.
Coffee Chat: Re-Opening
Returning to the New Normal
Published 2020Recorded July 1.
As campuses consider re-opening plans, from staff for summer hours to students in the fall, environmental health and safety is critical. Michelle Santoro and Frank Baxter from Skanska USA Building moderated this Coffee Chat about strategies, lessons, and plans for safely re-opening.
Who Guarantees That Your Campus is Safe for Return?
Published 2020Recorded June 23.
In this webinar, Harvard’s Joseph Allen and John Macomber discussed their new book, Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity
, and in particular, what are best practices today as organizations think about prudent return.
Back to School Through the Lens of ASHRAE
Published 2020Recorded June 15.
Panelists Susanna M. Baker, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Bill Bahnfleth, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and Penn State University, discussed requirements for a typical campus upgrade and reviewed ASHRAE recommendations on improving campus safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also addressed some of the unique challenges for an urban campus response to maintaining campus safety.
Impact of COVID-19 on Campus
Published 2020Recorded June 3.
Panelists Michelle Maheu, Wellesley College, and Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, shared their insights about developing response processes and the potential outcomes on their respective campuses, especially when making decisions when information is limited and the variables are unknown. This session was moderated by Deirdre Fernandes, a reporter with the Boston Globe
Coffee Chat: Maker Movement
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Published 2020Recorded May 13.
Amid the pandemic, makers on campuses across the world have pitched in by crafting 3-D printed face shields, ventilator components, and other life-saving innovations. The value of the maker movement is apparent; but how do we adjust maker spaces to a quarantined, social-distancing world? SCUP members Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham and Heather Taylor moderated this discussion.