Academic Village at Morningside College

This new facility includes spaces for academic opportunities and for advising first-year students

Comprising a three-story classroom building and a two-story advising center connected by a walkway, the Academic Village at Morningside College in Iowa is the first new construction on campus since the 1970s. From state-of-the-art simulation spaces for nursing programs to offices that promote first-year student success, this 35,000-square-foot facility serves a variety of purposes for the Morningside community.

How can small institutions be effective at capital planning?

Take proactive steps to manage the capital planning process to sustain long-term success, both academically and financially

Many small institutions wrestle with the annual assessment of how to manage routine capital projects. A backlog of deferred maintenance items can further complicate planning.

Inside Look: Libraries

While still a place where one can study, today’s campus libraries are active spaces that offer so much more

Heading to the campus library used to mean needing serious study silence or a spot for solitary scholarly pursuits. Although the library’s shell may look the same, inside it’s a decidedly different and livelier place.

“The hush-hush is over. Instead you get noise, you get dialogue, you get engagement, you get creativity, you get sharing,” says Jim Draper, vice president and general manager at Gale, the division of Cengage Learning that provides digital and print products to libraries.

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Trustees OK financing for new U of Florida dorm

A new dormitory designed with special features to accommodate students with "multiple handicap challenges" is one step closer to becoming a reality at the University of Florida. The UF board of trustees unanimously authorized a $25 million finance plan for the 82,000-square-foot, 255-bed dormitory. It must go to the Florida Board of Governors for final approval.

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Inside Look: Welcome centers

Institutions work to make prospective students, visitors feel at ease as soon as they step on campus

While the “curb appeal” of well-manicured lawns as well as easy parking are crucial parts of the first impression a campus makes, how welcome visitors feel once inside the first building they encounter on campus is just as important.

To make their campuses more enticing and friendly to those who aren’t used to making their way around there, some institutions have created welcome centers as a first stop for prospective students, family members, alumni, and other guests.

8 ways colleges can design technology-rich spaces

Points for planning technology-rich academic buildings

You have space on campus for a new building, and visions of a cutting-edge learning center dance in your head. The technology-infused building will be so magnetic that admission applications will pour in, professors will clamour for classroom assignments, and local businesses will plead for partnerships.

Of course, funding won’t be an issue because the new technology center will be so innovative and visionary that bonds and grants will stream across your desk like ducks in a pond.

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Public-private partnership for University of Iowa art museum likely

University of Iowa officials, having been given approval from the Iowa state Board of Regents, are moving forward with what will likely be a public-private partnership to find a new home for the university’s $500 million art collection.

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Nebraska Legislature funds construction of nursing college

Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff said it was critical the nursing college building be moved from leased space at 12th and O streets in downtown Lincoln. It's not a safe environment, he said.

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Work begins on $34 million university center project at Ferris State

The Ferris State University campus is getting a facelift that will result in a modern, future-oriented University Center to better meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and the community.

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Work to begin this year on University of Illinois biofuels facility

A $23 million center to test the viability of biofuels made from miscanthus and other plants will get underway at the University of Illinois later this year, a bridge between the research laboratory and full-scale commercial production.

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