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Trine University (Ind.)

Made-from-scratch recipes help Trine's dining services to minimize its carbon imprint.

Total full-time enrollment: 1,328

Institution type: Four-year private

Elon University (N.C.)

Brown & Co. is another campus dining option for Elon students.

Total full-time enrollment: 5,628

Institution type: Four-year private

Total number of campus dining facilities (includes any facility serving food; please explain): 12

Every six months, Babson dining staff go through a training that teachers them how to "wow" their guests.

Babson College (Mass.)

Total full-time enrollment: 1,851

Institution type: Four-year private

Self-Operated Program Winner:

Culinary staff are never far from students who have a concern or want to pay compliments to the chef.

Bates College (Maine)

Total full-time enrollment: 1,776

Institution type: Four-year private

Since March, YouTube EDU (www.youtube.com/edu) has offered lectures from more than 100 colleges, including MIT, Yale, and UCLA, for anyone to view. “Twenty-first-century schooling is about walls coming down,” says Obadiah Greenberg, strategic partner manager for YouTube. “What better way than through video and YouTube?”

Accessibility is a part of usability. When you aim to please one group you please another.

“If you receive federal funds, you are required to make your information accessible,” says Richard Goodrow, web and media programmer at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. That, of course, includes video.

1. Personalized d?cor?featuring a campus mural, as at Georgetown University (D.C.), or student artwork, as at Winthrop University (S.C.), the University of Southern California and Norwich University (Vt.). Georgetown’s mural includes university founder John Carroll, a classroom scene, university sports, D.C. memorials overlooking the Potomac River, a graduation scene, and the university seal. At USC, a selection of student art gets rotated so there is always something fresh for diners to look at. Norwich’s hall features historic artwork and photos.

1. A variety of table sizes and styles?from bar stools to tables fit for a team and everything in between.

2. Comfortable seating?perhaps choosing sprung-back chairs, as the College of the Ozarks (Mo.) did.

3. Detached food stations?to avoid long lines building up.

4. Exhibition-style cooking?both entertaining and an excellent chance to get students and chefs talking.

5. Multiple checkout areas?to give diners the chance to enjoy their meals as quickly as possible.

6. Noise control?carpeting, room dividers, and separate quiet areas do the trick.

Small/Medium Institution Winner:

Strategic placement of food and beverage stations and a roomy servery keep things moving.

Bucknell University (Pa.)

Total full-time enrollment: 3,700

Institution type: Four-year private

Each of our 65 entries was evaluated, using a point system for each response, by at least four members of the University Business team and one external judge, with similar-sized institutions grouped together.

Questions covered:

(1) the extent to which the facility and program uniquely reflect the institution

(2) the comfort and safety levels of diners

(3) sustainability initiatives

(4) the process of getting input from program users and how requests are prioritized

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