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The University of Maryland created a webpage to keep the campus informed about mold remediation efforts, including FAQs.

MOVE OUT—Students moved into hotels in September while crews cleaned mold from Elkton Hall at the University of Maryland. That school, and others on the East Coast, reported mold growth after abnormally wet, humid weather.

Above-normal humidity across the East this summer caused mold problems in dorms at several higher ed institutions. While crews cleaned, many students moved to other lodgings, though no serious illnesses were reported.

Tom Zeigenfuss is principal with the Maryland-based Design Collective.

The answer is different for every campus, but here are some key considerations for creating up-to-date facilities.

In UB’s latest edition of Inside Look, find out how architects maintain the historical integrity of structures when repurposing buildings for higher ed use—while ensuring they provide comfort and the modern conveniences students need.

This summer, when the University of California, Santa Cruz had a few hundred students on a housing waitlist and the coastal community faced housing pressures reducing vacancies and pushing up costs, administrators asked faculty and staff to consider renting rooms to students. 

Karine Joly is the web editor behind collegewebeditor.com, a blog about higher ed web marketing, public relations and technologies. She is also the founder of higheredexperts.com.

Creativity drives the popular social media tool that personalizes content for specific users.

CONNECTED AT “HOME”—IT officials at Rivier University recently purchased access points to cover each of the 400 rooms in its residences, giving students hotel room-like coverage from the dorm (shown in background). Across campus, including at the library, the university throttles streaming to preserve bandwidth.

Many higher ed institutions are adding more Wi-Fi access points, setting usage limits or resorting to throttling—slowing down connectivity to control video streaming, a major source of bandwidth consumption.

Here are the top six biggest bandwidth hogs and the devices of least concern, according to campus IT officers.

Here’s how student service areas can use chatbots to keep students informed.

From admissions, financial aid and residence life to registration, student activities and food service, here’s how student service areas can use chatbots to keep students informed.

Higher ed institutions around the nation get creative to drive students to spend more of their time—and money—in campus eateries.

Colleges and universities are providing at-risk students—including those with children or those who are homeless or in foster care—with more than just higher ed access and employment, they are providing training that makes a long-term difference.

Abbie Goldberg, a professor of psychology at Clark University, studied the growing population of transgender and gender-nonconforming students across the U.S.

Abbie Goldberg, a professor of psychology at Clark University, studied the growing population of transgender and gender-nonconforming students across the U.S. While some institutions promote trans-inclusive policies and practices, others have not kept pace.

At Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Innovation and Research Park in Chicago, the first building in what could be a multiphase development will generate an estimated 500 jobs and $117 million annually.

What is the biggest challenge administrators have fostering trusting relationships between students and faculty? What’s the most innovative way you’ve seen a college tackle this challenge?

Here are nine places to foster ties among faculty and students.

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