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May 7, 2014

SCUP Webinar
Campus Landscaping: Impact on Recruitment and Retention

May 20, 2014 | Winston-Salem State University | Winston-Salem, NC

SCUP 2014 Southern Symposium
Executing Campus Master Plans in Times of Shrinking Resources

May 23, 2014 | University of Calgary | Calgary, Alberta, (Canada)

SCUP 2014 Pacific Symposium
Higher Education Innovation in Challenging Times—An Integrated Approach

June 13, 2014 | George Mason University | Fairfax, VA
SCUP 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Symposium
Learning Spaces Workshop – Mason’s New Exploratory Hall Learning Spaces

July 12–16, 2014 | David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, PA

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Higher Ed Planning in Africa


Higher Ed Planning in Africa

Group for discussion and leverage of the book by the Fountains.

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Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2013

While North American universities were developing LEED certified buildings, we were trying to pave roads and get stable electricity. We looked long and hard for materials and advisors who could help us with basic issues.

The first week of SCUP's Community-College Mojo celebrates the publication of this new SCUP book in support of the global higher education community. Next week we'll have Chapter 3 of Robert Delprino's book about the human side of strategic planning in the higher education community.

Doug and JoEllyn Fountain are the authors of Planning and Resource Strategy for Higher Education: A Guide for Universities in Africa. Newly published by SCUP, it's the book they wish someone had written and handed to them when they began working at a fast-growing university in Uganda. You have SCUP's permission to share it widely. Consider joining SCUP in order to support this and other initiatives that further integrated planning for higher education.

Read the Fountains' much shorter article—written for SCUP colleagues—from Planning for Higher Education (Mojo participants, you can find download links to the full text for this item on this page.

Watch or listen to this streamlined 18-minute video interview with the authors (condensed from 50 minutes).

Download the complete book and share it, or the link to it, with colleagues who work in Africa. 

Consider joining others with an interest in planning in Africa in the new Mojo roundtable on that topic. The Fountains are there and look forward to learning from you.

Think of a university you know very well. Think about the buildings and the campus environment. Think about the information technology resources. Think about the faculty and the administrative staff, where they work, and how they do their work. Think about the library, learning space, common areas, and books. Think about fund-raising campaigns and alumni engagement. Think about how students work with each other and engage with faculty.

Did those buildings have students sitting outside windows to hear a lecture because there is not enough room inside? Are the roads on the campus dirt (or mud when it rains)? Do electricity and water only reach some of the buildings on campus? Is the library stocked with only a few thousand books, most of which are over 20 years old? Can students only access the Internet in a room that has fewer than a hundred computers that are more than five years old? Are the concepts of “endowment” and “alumni association” unknown to the administration?

Does the university know how it will sustain itself when a considerable number of exceptionally bright students arrive on campus without enough money even to pay for shoes? Such is the reality of higher education in many developing countries. This is not always the case; certainly there are fine examples of well-developed colleges and universities.


Discussion Forum

The Story Behind 'A Resource and Planning Toolkit for Universities in Africa'

Watch a Planning video interview with the authors here.Join the discussion with the authors and others in the …Continue

Tags: Africa, planning, integrated

Started by Terry Calhoun Aug 5, 2013.

Come see us at SCUP-48 Flipped session

We will be available during the Flipped Sessions on Sunday afternoon (4:15-5:15) to discuss our book.  The article found here: …Continue

Started by JoEllyn Fountain Jul 27, 2013.

News Thread | News or Newly-Found Resources 1 Reply

University emphasis? Or trade school emphasis?What is the alternative?  Most developed and rapidly-developing countries seem to have an insatiable need for graduates of technical and vocational…Continue

Tags: Africa

Started by Planning for Higher Education. Last reply by JoEllyn Fountain Jun 25, 2013.

MERLOT in Africa

International Partners and Affiliates   The MERLOT Africa Network (MAN) MAN is a network of African higher education institutions and international organizations working collaboratively with MERLOT…Continue

Started by Claire L. Turcotte Jun 5, 2013.

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Comment by Douglas Fountain on May 28, 2013 at 12:21pm

Hi everybody - 

Our focus in this is to see how we can strengthen local universities in developing countries, starting with the Africa context as that is most familiar to us.  

It seems a lot of the buzz in higher ed in developing countries is focused on branch campuses, teaching US curriculum in developing countries, and demand by students from developing countries to study abroad.  

There is comparatively little out there in the literature focused on strengthening capacity in universities in developing countries.  

We are trying to use some of the SCUP constructs in integrated planning and to create practical advice for everything from academic/student development to financial and human resources to capital development.

I think I will start by finding out who's out there that has experience or interest in higher ed in developing countries in Africa...


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