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What has been the biggest operational efficiency game changer in the last couple of years?

Nationwide, the scope of faculty and staff housing programs varies as much as campus locations do.

Nationwide, the scope of faculty and staff housing programs varies as much as campus locations do.

Over two dozen higher ed institutions signed the federal Fair Chance Higher Education pledge to drop criminal background questions from applications in June 2016. (Gettyimages.com: dan henson1).

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to formally prohibit all public higher ed institutions from asking applicants about their criminal history.

UNLV students worked with mentors provided by Food & Water Watch’s Take Back the Tap campaign to create a matching fund for station installation. (UNLV).

Hydration stations are popping up at several colleges and universities to promote environmental consciousness and healthfulness on campus.

The new Village Center at CU Boulder offers those students multiple dining options, study and collaboration spaces, conference amenities, and a health clinic.

Bills that could impact how students exercise free speech at public higher ed institutions—and that could also dictate how administrators discipline “disruptive” behavior—are winning various levels of support in statehouses across the country.

The change of Freshmen enrollment at the University of Missouri from 2015 to 2017. (Source: University of Missouri).

Freshman enrollment at the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri has fallen by more than 35 percent since the institution’s well-publicized and racially driven student protests in November 2015, according to a July New York Times article.

Higher education institutions are placing greater emphasis than ever on the environmental impact of their buildings, with many seeing sustainability as being as demonstrative of their thought leadership as their academic programs. However, few of these institutions are consistent in managing the environmental impacts of their buildings across different phases of the buildings’ life cycles—from construction, through operations to demolition—and the full life-cycle impact of campus buildings is rarely tracked.

The 10 higher education institutions with the most credentials on the dark web. (Source: Dark Web ID).

It’s no secret that college and university networks have long been prone to cyberattacks of various kinds.

Sian Beilock, a recipient of the National Academy of Sciences’ 2017 Troland Research Award, is the new president of Barnard College.

Sian Beilock has been named the new president of Barnard College, the women’s institution that’s part of Columbia University.

Universities undergo construction to upgrade their sports arenas and academic facilities.  

Campuses have already connected a wide array of objects to the digital world,  including parking meters, washing machines and library stands that show where books are located.

The internet of things technology has the potential to change the way buildings are designed and constructed. For colleges and universities, that could mean enabling people to control the temperature at their individual workstations or light a path in a hallway from a smartphone.

It’s not uncommon for officials at institutions, including Lone Star College, to realize the full value of getting technology leaders intimately involved in construction projects right from the get-go after going over budget on a project because IT was brought in too late.

While executing an eight-building, $157 million construction and renovation project in 2014, officials at Del Mar College in Texas forgot one critical player: the tech expert. Information technology administrators weren’t brought on board until just before the design was finalized.

The mailroom is becoming a more visible and important part of auxiliary services at colleges across the country, with some institutions overhauling their facilities completely to accommodate the new technology that streamlines service.

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