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Source: National Behavioral Intervention  Team Association; 2015 survey

After the Virginia Tech tragedy, colleges began to build teams of administrators and faculty to better recognize and support distraught individuals on campus.

TRAVEL BENEFIT—Assumption College (above) and other institutions are offering their students discounted rides with services such as Uber.

Discounted Lyft and Uber rides present a transportation alternative for students on a growing number of campuses large and small.

By 2019, students will have access to two new residence halls totaling 85,000 square feet and featuring three floors of double rooms and four-person suites. 

Here are four strategies to successfully address and manage special dietary needs on campus.

In your experience, what is the biggest challenge for college dining halls in operating separate locations or kitchen areas dedicated to serving students with special diets?

Improving space utilization is a goal on every campus, with data analysis tools and software key to many efforts. Ultimately, there are different cases for different spaces.

When it comes to space utilization, what is one aspect that higher ed institutions may not necessarily be thinking about but should consider?

“Current trends in wellness combined with the space efficiencies of shared spaces over private offices and labs should lead to common facilities that optimize access to daylight, fresh air and connection to the outside. The enhanced experience of these healthier spaces will offset any perceived benefits of private rooms that tax space utilization rates.”

Three new buildings added 800,000 square feet to Notre Dame’s football stadium. The Indiana university touts the four-year endeavor, completed in fall 2017, as the largest construction project in its 175-year history.

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.

Joanne Martin, a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, will share her perspectives as a keynote speaker in June at the UBTech 2018 conference in Las Vegas.

As the former chief information security officer and vice president for IT risk at IBM, Joanne Martin ensured the firm’s information assets were protected.

STACKS UPON STACKS—Cornell and Ithaca students not finding what they need in their home campus libraries can now visit the neighboring school for more options.

Sharing resources among campuses makes sense for more than economical reasons, as colleges are finding these opportunities can better serve busy students.

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.

Besides the three initial universities and Cornell, participants are Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton and Stanford.

Q: What can higher ed institutions do to best protect themselves from technical vulnerabilities that most people would not expect are vulnerabilities (for example, wireless printers)?

“The most important thing organizations can do is ensure they have visibility into every layer of their IT environment—from the network perimeter all the way down to the endpoints. The more an IT team knows about what is connected to the network, the more effectively they can secure it.”

—Joe Aronow, product architect, Cisco Meraki

Quiz: Is your cybersecurity policy effective?

At the Internet of Things Village of the DEF CON security conference in 2016, hacking contests revealed nearly 50 vulnerabilities in 23 devices from 21 manufacturers.

Higher education happens to be a leading target for ransomware attacks, in part because of our open approach to the sharing of information and our embrace of different cultures and peoples.

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