Articles: Campus Life

05/2015

Commencement speakers have become another point of financial scrutiny in higher ed, with an annual flurry of students crying foul on both the person selected and fees incurred. Some colleges avoid charges by tapping their own faculty for the task (as University of Chicago has done since 1970).

05/2015

Getting a spring cancellation from a confirmed commencement speaker—particularly a high-profile one—is a planning team’s nightmare.

04/2015
The Geisinger-Susquehanna Health Center at Susquehanna University in Pa. underwent a $3.1 million renovation in 2010, with the 16,271-square-foot space acting as both clinic and student health center, granting students access to a wide array of medical services as well as a fitness trainer, chef and a selection of health-focused presentations. Architect:  Hiller Architectural Group Ltd. (Milton, Pa.) Construction manager: R.S. Mowery & Sons Inc. (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)

More diverse student populations demand more of the health and wellness services offered on campus today. Colleges and universities must meet the unique needs of veterans, and students who are international, older, recovering from addictions, or who have physical or mental disabilities.

04/2015
Seniors line up by Sweet Briar’s library prior to commencement. (Photo: Photo by Andrew Locascio/Sweet Briar College)

The wave of first-generation and low-income students now seeking higher ed access is placing unprecedented financial strain on the full spectrum of liberal arts institutions, says James F. Jones, the interim president of Sweet Briar College.

04/2015
Let there be light—and trees and plants: The walkway connecting University of Regina’s Riddell Centre, which contains the student union and the main food service hub, and the Education Building, home to four academic programs, is an inviting space with plenty of daylighting.

A brighter alternative to the pedestrian tunnel is a ground-level enclosed pedestrian street. It’s a concept that the University of Regina in Saskatchewan has taken to the extreme.

04/2015
This University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill history department building is named for former student, North Carolina secretary of state and Ku Klux Klan member William Saunders.

As high-profile racial incidents on college campuses make headlines across the country, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is grappling with controversy surrounding Saunders Hall.

04/2015
Susan Henking is president of Shimer College in Chicago.

In a “post-racial” and “post-feminist” America, do we still need colleges and universities that serve women?

If most institutions now admit those previously excluded, isn’t the disappearance of women’s colleges and historically black colleges, oddly, a good thing?

04/2015
Kent Runyon is executive director of the Novus Medical Detox Center in Florida.

The U.S. makes up 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it consumes 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Additionally, 52 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.

04/2015
Westfield State University’s Upvote campaign encourages positive Yik Yak messages.

Yik Yak poses a danger to higher ed communities, but few institutions aggressively track its traffic or have tried to banish the anonymous social media site from campus, according to a UB reader survey.

03/2015
A preferred gender pronoun can be selected by University of Vermont students.

The University of Vermont allows its students to identify their own gender around campus, even if it’s no gender at all.

02/2015
Paula V. Smith is a professor of English and director of the Purposeful Risk Engagement Project at Grinnell College in Iowa.

The academic landscape is fraught with risk—everything from hazardous chemicals and internal fraud, to flu outbreaks and budget shortfalls.

01/2015
Successful firsts: MIT’s First Generation Program website includes personal snapshots from first-gen students, alumni and faculty.

Thirty percent of higher ed students today are the first in their family to attend college, while 24 percent—4.5 million—are both first-generation and low-income.

02/2015

Dartmouth College has launched a new campaign to combat harmful student behavior, including sexual assault and high-risk drinking.

02/2015
Columbia College in Missouri is vastly expanding its athletics program, but  officials have no plans to add a football program.

The athletic department at Columbia College in Missouri will have tripled in size by the 2016-17 school year. But it has no plans to field a football team, says Cindy Potter, the associate director of athletics.

12/2014
The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan has a variety of interactive learning and study areas built around a Winter Garden. The space can be used for galas, corporate presentations, guest speakers and alumni events. Completed in 2009 for $125 million, the facility also houses a fitness center and a café. Designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (New York, N.Y.);  Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti (New York, N.Y.); Mechanical and electrical engineer: Cosentini Associates (New York, N.Y.

There’s an old joke about business schools, which see more than their share of facility upgrades: As soon as the b-school vacates its old quarters to move into a new building, every other school in the unive

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