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4 ways colleges are upgrading classroom acoustics

09/2018
HEAR ME NOW—The Furcolo Hall project at UMass Amherst required transforming a gym space with high ceilings into classrooms. Adding acoustical panel ceilings and upper wall sound-absorbing treatments achieved both the look and results that the project’s acoustical consultants and architect sought. In the active learning classrooms, where multiple people are talking at once and the voices can be distracting, the team worked to mitigate sound buildup.

Sound advice: Do not let acoustic problems linger, recognize that smart classrooms have different acoustic needs, ensure acoustics is considered from the start and be proactive.

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Quiz: Is your campus paying attention to classroom acoustics?

October, 2018
Take this quiz to find out if your campus has acoustic problems in its classrooms.

Take this quiz to find out if your campus has acoustic problems in its classrooms. If so, the facilities department should assess the acoustics to determine if there are problems with reverberation or ambient noise. Hiring an acoustical consultant would help determine whether your facilities team is using the best solutions to resolve issues with sound systems.

Acoustic design experts discuss trends in sound systems

October, 2018

Acoustic design experts discuss: How are higher ed institutions doing in recognizing the importance of acoustics and noise control in new and existing learning spaces? What’s one thing you wish campus administrators understood better about acoustics?

Helping hearing-impaired students access lectures

October, 2018

Students with hearing disabilities can struggle even in rooms with the best acoustics. Here are four ways Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, home of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, helps deaf and hard of hearing students access lectures and class discussions.

Ideas realized: How programs for vulnerable students began

October, 2018
GRADUATION GROWTH—Parents in Arkansas Community Colleges’ Career Pathways Initiative complete at twice the rate of other students.

Here are the funding, implementation and training strategies for at-risk student programs at Arkansas Community Colleges, Endicott College, Kennesaw State University and Western Michigan University. 

When law enforcement comes calling

In years past, the general counsel, director of athletics, and compliance officer at a college or university could manage legal risks by focusing all efforts on avoiding NCAA violations and the costly investigations and potential penalties that accompany them.  That has now changed.

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10/11/2018

With the landscape of higher education rapidly changing, it is crucial that institutions are able to compete for top faculty, staff and leadership, who are not only talented people with the right skills, but are also passionate, engaged and mission-driven.  

More than half of the 40,000 students at California State University, Northridge, are first-generation. Three thousand are international. And every one of them belongs, says Paul Schantz, director of web and technology services in the Division of Student Affairs for CSUN. “We want students to feel like CSUN is their home,” Schantz says. “And if you’re going to have any kind of relationship with somebody, you should know their name, and you should get their name right. That’s the first step in establishing trust with somebody.”

From left to right: Patrick Brown, CIO, Illinois College; Marc Benner, Assistant CIO, Illinois College

A robust network might not be needed for your students to participate in basketball, baseball, or football. But what about esports? The leadership of Illinois College recently upgraded their network infrastructure to improve safety and security while also supporting the launch of the college’s highly successful esports program and Gaming Center.

From left to right: Christopher Sessums, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L; Michael Amick, VP of Distance Education, Pima Community College (Ariz.)

The evolution of technology and online learning is enabling institutions to expand access to education across a broader spectrum of learners, by providing learning opportunities outside the limits of time, place or distance. In this web seminar, presenters discussed how to use these tools to expand access to education for more learners at any institution.

Institutions looking to grow must actively empower staff to ensure that administrative services keep pace with the flood of new students. Implementing the Laserfiche content services platform significantly improved the way Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) does business, but the more important benefit has been for students, says Systems Administrator Lidija Bell.