In honor of Perry Chapman’s passion for developing and sharing knowledge and his commitment to integrated planning and interdisciplinary collaboration, a prize of $10,000 was awarded annually from 2012 through 2016. This prize funded research in the planning and design of institutions of higher education. The prize was intended to further the research, development, and dissemination of emerging knowledge to improve campus environments in support of their institution’s mission.
The Perry Chapman Prize program has supported five outstanding research teams. SCUP is grateful to The Hideo Sasaki Foundation for its support of the prize.
The Hideo Sasaki Foundation, under the auspices of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), developed the Perry Chapman Prize research program to honor the intellectual contributions of M. Perry Chapman.
As the 2008 recipient of SCUP’s K. C. Parsons Founders’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Higher Education Planning, Chapman was committed to developing and sharing knowledge to advance integrated planning and interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education.
Chapman’s influence on campus planning and design spanned more than four decades. He affected colleagues, institutions, firms, and community organizations through his insight, mentoring, writing, and speaking. He raised the standard of planning theory through research and analysis of the relationship between the campus as a place and its impact on learning and community.
August 1, 2018
The final Chapman Prize report has been published! Download your copy of Connecting the Dots: Campus Form, Student Perceptions, and Academic Performance by Amir Hajrasouliha, Ph.D. today.
This research evaluates the role the campus built environment plays in student retention and graduation. The relationship between objective and perceived measures of the physical campus and student academic performance was examined using the California State University (CSU) campuses as the sample. The results show that both objective and perceived measures are significantly associated with academic performance and provide higher education institutions with insight regarding the role of the physical campus in enhancing student retention and graduation rates.