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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.

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

Hayley Hanson is chair of the education law practice at Husch Blackwell, and advises institutions on compliance and litigation matters. Ben Irwin is an attorney at Husch Blackwell, and concentrates his practice on compliance and governance issues.

The Department of Education has prioritized Clery Act compliance—including the proper collection, classification and disclosure of crime information—and is willing to use its enforcement authority to levy fines for violations.

Brian Klass is senior technology officer at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Educators seek ways to streamline presentations—which include storytelling as well as clear, authentic messages—in this age of short attention spans and new tech capabilities. 

A PERSONAL GUIDE—In the seven-story Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma, students can use the NavApp beacon application to get turn-by-turn navigation guidance in finding resources, service desks, study spaces and event locations. The app integrates with OU‘s campus life app.

Higher ed beacon initiatives have been mostly pilots, but the ways they’ve been received and adapted demonstrate the technology’s potential—from helping students navigate libraries to taking class attendance and more.

Find out why most colleges are only experimenting—for now.

Here are beacon characteristics and high-potential higher ed uses.

Seven beacon characteristics and nine high-potential higher ed uses—from campus tours to class attendance.

RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT—The “Student Voice Index” debuted this year to measure the influence of student government leaders. A majority of students surveyed said they play a role in decision-making at the administrative level.

The first annual “Student Voice Index” report by the National Campus Leadership Council outlines the conditions that must exist to give student leaders the ability to represent their classmates’ needs effectively.

Administrators manage academic program eliminations (and additions) by following a structured process, avoiding a top-down approach, extending input beyond faculty, gathering and sharing data, and exhibiting transparency. 

Artificial intelligence—led by text-based chatbots—has infiltrated campus life, helping institutions improve communication, compliance and retention. Here’s insight into launching the technology.

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