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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.”

As textbook sales have declined, campus stores are relying on promotions to attract students who might not otherwise have a reason to visit.

The vast majority of community college athletic programs operate in relative obscurity, known mostly at the local level, if at all.

The obvious exception is the football team at East Mississippi Community College.

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.

LEARNING BY DOING—Students who are a best fit for New York Institute of Technology tend to enjoy hands-on problem-solving and can pursue programs such as electrical and computer engineering.

College admissions teams now go beyond zip codes and SAT scores to micromatch students who are most likely to apply to, enroll in and succeed at their institutions.

In what ways do you see colleges falling short in utilizing data to make better admissions recruitment and acceptance decisions? What kinds of data should they be using more of or better?

“Many colleges are not viewing their admissions decisions through the lens of retention and degree completion. Institutions should understand the profile of their most successful students, refine their recruiting strategy accordingly and ensure they are allocating their financial aid to maximize both yield and retention.”

—Darren Catalano, CEO, HelioCampus

Athletics at the community college level bring far less pomp, circumstance, attention and money than their NCAA Division I counterparts. But that doesn’t mean they don’t play a significant role.

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