Campus Preservation Plans and Projects Available Online

February 26, 2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – A new, interactive Web site — www.campusheritage.org — will provide information on preservation projects funded as part of The Getty Foundation’s Campus Heritage program, a five-year grant initiative.

The Campus Heritage Initiative, begun in 2002, funded a broad variety of important preservation planning projects at 86 colleges and universities nationwide, in addition to surveys of hundreds of small liberal arts colleges.

The Web site is itself the result of a grant by The Getty Foundation to the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), a higher education association focused on integrated planning. The online resource will support the dissemination of knowledge about the research and planning involved in the preservation of significant buildings and historic landscape sites.

“As the early grantees completed their projects, we were keenly aware that their final reports had the potential to be strong resources for colleges and universities working to preserve their historic resources and an opportunity to demonstrate how preservation could be integrated into the master planning process,” said Joan Weinstein, associate director of The Getty Foundation. “We looked for ways to share lessons learned with the broader higher education community.”

In the fall of 2008, The Getty Foundation awarded a grant to SCUP to analyze project results and to create and maintain the campusheritage.org Web site to share lessons learned, as well as to develop partnerships with other organizations interested in preservation planning.

L. Carole Wharton, former president of SCUP and Washington D.C.-based planning consultant, has led the SCUP team that developed the Web site. She will present an update on the Web site at the society’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon, in July 2009.

About SCUP:

SCUP provides information on best planning practices for higher education, with a particular focus on academic, facilities, infrastructural, financial and resource planning. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, the society will hold its next annual, international conference and idea marketplace July 19-22, 2009, in Portland, Oregon. Visit www.scup.org.

About the Getty:

The Getty Foundation provides support to institutions and individuals committed to advancing the understanding and preservation of the visual arts locally and throughout the world. Through strategic grants and programs, the Los Angeles-based Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, increases access to collections, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. The Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts. Additional information is available at www.getty.edu/foundation.

SOURCE Society for College and University Planning

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