Spotlight Story

Inside Look: College museums and galleries

02/2018
University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art, which opened in 1931, underwent a $25,000 renovation in January 2017. The university’s in-house exhibition designer and preparator completed most of the work. A new, long-term installation from the museum’s Asian collection features freestanding walls that museum employees can remove without damaging the floors, walls or cabinets. The walls originally served as bookcases but now have flat-top surfaces that support the art. (Fleming Museum of Art)

Higher ed museums continue to evolve, but tried-and-true practices drive current trends such as galleries with moveable walls, event spaces and AV technology. 

“Colleges are seizing on tradition,” says Matt Kirchman, president and principal planner at ObjectIDEA, a Massachusetts-based company that plans cultural attractions worldwide.

Soaring ceilings and civic spaces, for example, originally served to convey wealth and importance. Now they have multifunctional purposes for social gatherings and art celebrations.

From UB

How colleges are gauging the damage of Michigan State-type scandals

March, 2018

Once an institution’s reputation is compromised, it can take years to rebuild.

E-sports opens athletics to new group of college students

March, 2018
ATHLETIC INCLUSION—The University of California, Irvine, fields competitive e-sports teams while working to diversify gaming.

Competitive, online video-gaming, also known as e-sports, checks several inclusive and low-cost boxes, and is growing quickly.

A voice for native-serving institutions in higher ed

March, 2018

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has launched a new consortium to address the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Providers on what colleges could be doing to better use data for admissions and recruitment

March, 2018

In what ways do you see colleges falling short in utilizing data to make better admissions recruitment and acceptance decisions? What kinds of data should they be using more of or better?

Well-established interlibrary loan partners

March, 2018

Like many other institutions, Cornell University participates in an interlibrary loan system for faculty, staff and students.

Borrow Direct (borrowdirect.org) went live in 1999 after founding institutions Columbia, Penn and Yale partnered with the Research Libraries Group to develop the program for “Ivy Plus” institutions.

Sponsored Content

3/8/2018

The costs of higher education continue to challenge students, while the pressure to reduce administrative overhead and improve efficiency is constant for institutions and their executive leaders. Taking the right approach to student payment plans is one way to address both of these concerns.

One of the most challenging aspects of hiring in higher education is recruiting and retaining top talent. Laurie Joyner, the president of Saint Xavier University in Chicago, was seeking to fill the vice president for finance and administration position, and she did not hesitate in reaching out to AGB Search, a firm that focuses on higher education executive searches.

Colleges and universities have become a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the sheer volume of student information they handle. This is because payment processing happens all over campus, from the ticketing office to the bursar’s office to the cafeteria. In addition to endangering students and damaging the reputation of the institution, the financial costs of a data breach could include legal representation, fines, and the expense of notifying impacted individuals.

How can institutions embrace transparency and flexibility around changing models of revenue and cost mix, student success and graduation rates?  This web seminar outlined some insights into how to meet student, institutional, system and/or political goals in the changing world of higher education. Whether your challenges are within a single institution or across a statewide system, there are a variety of ways in which modern technology can support your journey for future success.

SPEAKER

Sherry Amos

Faced with rising costs of higher education, many students are deciding not to purchase required course materials, therefore going through their semester without the tools they need to learn and succeed. Fifty percent of students say avoiding or delaying these purchases negatively impacts their grades. As a result, more institutions are taking advantage of digital tools and platforms, which provide students and faculty with immersive, engaging content while providing required materials to all students on or before the first day of classes at a lower cost.