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Inside Look: Repurposed buildings for higher ed

November, 2018
When repurposing a post office (circa 1918) into a $9 million residential hall (completed in 2017), Oklahoma State U Institute of Technology kept original skylights, exposed pipes/ductwork, mailboxes, and exposed brick in a tech bar and 11 loft-style apartments. Murals can be found throughout the 76-bed hall—in the 18 flat-style apartments, community kitchen, bathrooms, lobby and lounge. Project manager: KSQ Design; architect: Sikes Abernathie Architects. Melissa Lukenbaugh photo.

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.

Banking on literacy in higher ed

October, 2018
GETTING FINANCES IN ORDER—The Student Wellness Center at Ohio State provides a variety of services to support overall wellness, including financial education. Through one-hour sessions, trained volunteer peer coaches help with financial goal setting, banking basics, budgeting and debt repayment.

Before a higher ed institution partners with a bank to provide financial literacy programming, answering these four questions will determine how such a partnership should be structured in a way that is beneficial to all parties.

Welcoming higher ed admissions offices wow students

July, 2018
Lori Garrett is a senior principal and vice president at Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond, Virginia. She can be contacted at LGarrett@glaveandholmes.com.

The design of admissions centers, whether in new buildings or renovated facilities, plays a critical role in any campus visit. Three best practices stand out.

Colleges connect the textbooks

July, 2018

As more textbooks and other learning materials become digitized, institutions regularly face challenges in smoothly integrating all the different resources into the LMS and other campus networks.

Higher ed fuels donations

July, 2018
SHOWING THE LOVE—Middle Tennessee State asked anyone who has ever said ”I love MTSU“ to give to athletics, academics and scholarships on February 15 and 16 this year. The campaign was the university's first using a text-to-donate option.

Most institutions have barely scratched the surface of the latest innovations in mobile fundraising. Here are key actions recommended by those who are making headway.

Sponsored Content

11/7/2018

Actively managed payment plans offer a variety of benefits for institutions, by reducing administrative requirements, streamlining processes and improving security and visibility. These plans also support student success by increasing affordability, access and convenience for students.

11/1/2018

While higher education is undergoing seismic shifts, many institutions struggle with the limitations of legacy systems and outdated technologies. To explore some of these issues, University Business has conducted a subscriber survey about how colleges and universities are using core business systems including the ERP, SIS, Finance and HR, and the challenges that legacy systems can create.

Wake Forest University’s Information Systems Multimedia Technician Preston Neill understands the short life span of cables and adapters. With Ditto wireless presentation software installed throughout campus, those unreliable connectors are one step closer to extinction.

“Our goal is to ultimately stop supplying cables and adapters, because cables go missing and adapters break,” Neill says. “The cost to replace them, plus the manpower involved, is what we’re looking to avoid by having a wireless solution. We’re already getting fewer calls with Ditto.” 

From left to right: Robert Ruiz, Vice President of Strategic Enrollment, Liaison International; Larry Boles, Professor and Program Director, University of the Pacific; Julie Masterson, Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Missouri State University

By 2025, graduate enrollment is on track to grow by 3.5 million students. Finding a best-fit student is difficult enough without having to sort through an overabundance of data. Worse, using the wrong data leads to an ineffective recruitment approach, wasting time and resources.

In this webcast, admissions experts explain how to classify your typical candidate, examine applicant data and implement the strategies that will lead to enrollment success.

Speakers

Robert Ruiz
Vice President of Strategic Enrollment
Liaison International

Who is today’s college student?

A new student is emerging. Fewer than half of today’s students fit into the 18- to 22-year-old demographic—now they are 18 to 80. Many students work part time or full time, or have families. They are digital natives. Ninety percent of them have smartphones and half have access to tablets 24/7. Just as when they shop, bank, travel or go out to eat, they have high expectations for higher ed. Many students need online course options. Colleges and universities need to change to meet these expectations in order to thrive.