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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Academic Deans Reveal Their Leadership StylesLocked

Annual Budgeting Becomes an Exercise in How Authority is Enacted
From Volume 48 Number 3 | July–September 2020
Academic deans adopt one of three approaches when developing the annual budget report for their colleges: distributed authorship, delegated authorship, or dominated authorship. Depending on the approach they select, deans can include and collaborate with their senior teams—or exclude, ignore, and alienate them. Their choice demonstrates how they lead.

Fostering Innovation on Ohio’s Co-Located Campuses Through Collaborative Planning

Published 2020
This is the SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2018–2019 program.

This research project investigates whether co-located institutions, specifically, and competing institutions of higher education, more generally, could use the concept of “collaborative planning” to achieve mutual success.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

An Analysis of Instructional Expenditures in U.S. Public Higher Education

From 2004 Through 2015
From Volume 47 Number 3 | April–June 2019
Results indicate that, when adjusted for inflation, instructional expenditures at U.S. public institutions increased from 2004–2015; however, evidence suggests that the rise was more modest and less consistent than may be known.
Conference Presentations

Designing for Academic Success

A Collaborative Research Model Between Architects and Environmental Psychologists
Published 2019
Discovery, assessment, and scholarship all play a role in how we can shape spaces to meet educational goals.

Using Alumni Surveys to Assess the Impacts of Active Learning Spaces on Development of Collaboration Skills

Published 2019
This is the SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2018–2019 program.

The goal of this research was to evaluate the gains, if any, in the collaboration skill development of students who experienced part of their undergraduate or graduate learning within active learning spaces at Thomas Jefferson University, and to attempt to pinpoint the factors contributing to that.
Partner Content

The Traveling Mother

Navigating, visualizing and utilizing lactation spaces in U.S. airports
Published 2019
An analysis of lactation spaces in US airports, led by one of the authors of the SCUP–Penn Nursing joint study of lactation policy and facilities in higher education. Originally published by Building and Environment journal.

Partner: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Planning for Higher Education Journal

Faculty Motivation in Challenging TimesLocked

Do Leadership and Economic Conditions Matter?
From Volume 47 Number 1 | October–December 2018
Financial concern influences many of the factors that make up job satisfaction for faculty in small-to-medium-sized institutions; transparent leadership can mitigate some of these concerns.

Connecting the DotsLocked

Campus Form, Student Perceptions, and Academic Performance
Published 2018
This research evaluates the role the campus built environment plays in student retention and graduation, using the California State University (CSU) campuses as the sample.

P3 Performance for Higher Education

Published 2018
This is the SCUP Fellow Research Project Final Report for the 2016–2017 program.

The researcher’s intention was to better understand P3 models and learn how they have performed, possibly generating some useful lessons for how P3 models can be applied with desired outcomes.
Planning for Higher Education Journal

Responsibility Center Budgeting and Management “Lite” in University FinanceLocked

Why Is RCB/RCM Never Fully Deployed?
From Volume 45 Number 3 | April–June 2017
Despite its promise of revenue generation, cost reduction, and a host of other benefits, what is it about RCB/RCM that leads universities to deploy it only partially?
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