Data-Informed Design, a Sasaki Perspective in SCUP Journal
Excerpt: “In the following Q&A, Claire Turcotte, managing editor of SCUP’s journal Planning for Higher Education, speaks with Sasaki principals Vinicius Gorgati, AIA, LEED® AP, Tyler Patrick, AICP, and Ken Goulding, [pictured above, left to right] about data-informed design. The three experts offer insight on the role data plays in higher education campus planning, the types of tools used during this process, and where data will take us in the future, as illustrated by a case study of Sasaki’s planning work at Brown University.”
Why Slack Could be the Future of Conferences
Excerpt: “We go to conferences to meet people, whether for business or personal reasons, and yet often I meet far fewer than I hope to. Inside a crowded convention space, things can turn cliquish in a hurry. Come lunch time, I’m right back to being the new kid at school, sheepishly hunting for a table that will accept me. Want to know anything about the strangers around you? Just read the fine print on their name badge, and do it before they notice and think you’re staring at their chest.
Little about this experience has changed in the last 50 years, and technological efforts to reinvent it have largely stalled out. Glassboard, a private messaging app often recommended for conference-goers, shut down last November. Lanyrd, a full-featured app for discovering and better enjoying conferences, was acquired by Eventbrite in 2013 and hasn’t updated its apps in more than a year. But at the XOXO Festival in Portland this weekend, I saw a new app remaking the conference experience in more ways than I could count. And the app, strangely enough, is Slack.”
What We Still Don’t Know About Higher Education
Excerpt: “We know that over 20 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities this fall. But we don’t know enough about who these students are, how likely they are to succeed at earning their degrees, and whether they will be able to get good enough jobs to pay back their debt. Here, we investigate what is known — and what still we need to know — about today’s students so we can help more of them realize their college dreams.
Who are today’s students? How do they fare in college?
We know that the popular idea of college — four years of football games, dorms and parties — is not the experience of most students today. More students who enter college have work and family obligations, leading them to pursue higher education in non-traditional ways such as attending part-time or online.
We don’t know enough about how many non-traditional students — like low-income, first-generation and adult students — actually reach their goals at particular colleges because we don’t report that information for all students. Considering how many barriers these students had to overcome just to get into college, they deserve to have the information they need to choose the schools that will help them succeed.”
There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts
Excerpt: “Students are paying higher tuition than ever. Why can’t more of that revenue go to the people teaching them?
In early June, California labor regulators ruled that a driver for Uber, the app-based car service, was, in fact, an employee, not an independent contractor, and deserved back pay. The decision made national news, with experts predicting a coming flood of lawsuits. Two weeks later, FedEx agreed to a $288 million settlement after a federal appeals court ruled that the company had shortchanged 2,300 California delivery drivers on pay and benefits by improperly labeling them as independent contractors. The next month, the company lost another case in a federal appeals court over misclassifying 500 delivery drivers in Kansas. Meanwhile, since January, trucking firms operating out of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have lost two major court battles with drivers who claim that they, too, have been robbed of wages by being misclassified as independent contractors.”