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Outlook on facilities: Campus space-shapers

Shifts in enrollment and the labor market having a big impact on campus construction

In many ways, 2015 will look a lot like 2014 with respect to facilities. But there are trends impacting the creation and use of physical space on virtually every college and university campus. Institutions will be curbing new construction activity, getting creative about funding, paying more attention to overdue maintenance, and planning more for mixed-use facilities.

Higher ed leaders pick favorite products

Presenting the 2014 University Business Readers’ Choice Top Products

University Business is proud to announce this year’s Readers’ Choice Top Products. College and university leaders from across the country have nominated the products they are using to operate their institutions more efficiently and enhance students’ experiences.

Growth areas: Student enrollment and success

Fifty-six percent of respondents say overall enrollment will grow modestly in 2015

Colleges and universities expect to add students in 2015, though no institutions anticipate significant growth or decline in any enrollment sectors, according to a UB survey of higher ed administrators

Fifty-six percent of respondents say overall enrollment will grow modestly in 2015, while only 11 percent are bracing for modest decreases. No respondents anticipate significant decreases.

Outlook on administration: Campus leadership challenges

Colleges and universities must figure out how to boost learning while remaining financially stable

Experts in higher education administration and management predict that 2015 will bring intense and sometimes surprising governance, financial and legal challenges to the sea of potential worries for university leaders. A few critical issues that will bubble to the surface involve financial health, academic performance, student wellness and continuity in leadership.

Continuing campus construction

Nearly four in 10 survey respondents expect to break ground on a new facility in 2015

The encouraging sounds of construction will be heard on many campuses in 2015, but funding shortages will force some institutions to scale back building plans, according to a UB survey of higher ed facilities managers.

Nearly four in 10 respondents expect to break ground on a new facility in 2015, while more than one-third say a new facility will be completed. And seven in 10 reported that a major renovation project would be launched or completed.

Outlook on teaching: Academic return-on-investment

The way in which students develop their skills will continue to shift away from the traditional lecture-based model

What college students are learning—and how—has become a mainstream talking point across the political spectrum. Much of this talk concerns dollars and cents—namely, cost and payoff. As a result, 2015 may be a year in which many institutions do a gut-check of their own value propositions, as pressure to increase affordability—and return on investment—pervades all of higher education.

Outlook 2015: Debut of UB’s annual year-ahead issue

What will be the biggest priorities for 2015?

To help our readers navigate the coming year in higher education, University Business proudly presents Outlook 2015. In-depth stories cover the major trends impacting administration and management, enrollment and retention, finance, facilities, technology, and teaching and learning. We interviewed administrators and other experts in each of these topics to capture their predictions about what 's on the horizon for colleges and universities.

Optimizing adjuncts in higher ed

Five best practices for managing pay, performance and compliance

Institutions of all types benefit from the fact that adjuncts can be employed for a fraction of the investment needed for full-time faculty. At the same time, colleges face growing concerns that the needs of adjuncts, as well as their potential to contribute more fully to student success, are being overlooked.

Inside Look: Recreation centers

Building campus recreation centers to meet evolving student expectations

The contemporary campus recreation center has graduated from yesterday’s dingy weight room. In fact, at many institutions, the rec center serves as a multipurpose space, hosting celebrations on special occasions and promoting student wellness in body and mind throughout the semester.

On board with the brand in higher ed

Six steps to engaging the whole campus community in developing a new brand—and avoiding disengagement over disagreements

When you think “rebranding campaign,” it most likely conjures up images of marketing and communications officers meeting with the school president and board of trustees to toil over logo colors, mascots and slogans. In reality, it’s a much more complex process, involving the entire school community.

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