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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

1/24/2019

2019 will bring new and continued challenges for higher education, as well as new opportunities to innovate. In this web seminar, our presenters will discuss the findings of Kaufman Hall’s new survey and report, entitled 2019 Outlook: Performance Management Challenges, Trends, and Opportunities in Higher Education.

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1/10/2019
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Training faculty is challenging. Get tips that encourage faculty to create interactive online courses.

A comment CIO Ravi Ravishanker consistently heard when Wellesley College hired him nine years ago was that the Massachusetts school needed a new ERP system. The 1,100 employees at the women’s liberal arts college wanted a cloud-based solution that anyone could use.

“Unfortunately, there weren’t many choices available at the time, so I renewed our current system to buy some time,” says Ravishanker.

12/13/2018

Students expect their higher education experience to be modern and digital, but for many institutions, core systems across campus still rely on paper-based, manual and siloed processes. By automating processes and modernizing workflows, institutions can improve the user experience while reducing costs and workload and improving efficiency.

From left to right: Lisa Brown, Ph.D., Program Manager, eLearning & Innovation, Montana State University; Colin Smith, M.Ed., Senior Manager, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Montana State University.

Research shows that the use of academic video has the potential to dramatically improve teaching and learning. But too often, the use of video on campus is limited to traditional lecture capture, and driving adoption across the institution can be challenging.

This web seminar focused on how to drive video adoption beyond lecture capture, and improve user engagement with higher-quality content. Presenters from Montana State University shared how they adopted a next-generation video platform, improving student engagement and the user experience while gaining buy-in across campus.