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College library goes beyond the reading room

October, 2016
Open spaces: Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame, newly renovated by Shepley Bulfinch, features student-friendly spaces, such as the second floor study area that overlooks the concourse below and the campus beyond. Photo: ©Barbara Johnston / University of Notre Dame

Many colleges and universities are investing millions of dollars to repurpose or even expand libraries to make room for collaborative learning, technology centers, dining areas, research support and other academic services.

Students or employees? Unionizing assistants

October, 2016
The impacts of unionization by teaching and research assistants can be seen at several U.S. public universities ( Daniel Vilaneuve)

Leaders at private colleges concerned about the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling allowing Columbia University teaching and research assistants to unionize can look to their peers at public universities to prepare for coming changes.

Boldness at a border university

October, 2016
Research pays off: University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio (in black) has driven up research funding to support increased higher education opportunities for lower-income and first-generation students in the border region.

President Diana Natalicio’s “access and excellence” formula powers the University of Texas at El Paso's mission. Access means working with local schools to develop talented students of limited resources. On the excellence side, a robust research environment provides the financial and academic fuel.

Campus Groundbreakings: Wine, convocations and learning gardens

September, 2016
Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University

Wine Spectator Learning Center

Sonoma State University (Calif.)

The $9.2 million Wine Spectator Learning Center will be a 14,500-square-foot centerpiece of Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, the only school in the U.S. that offers a wine industry MBA.

Four-year housing trend takes off at NY community college

September, 2016
Strengthening the community: An entire residence hall at Onondaga Community College is now dedicated to about a dozen themed living/learning communities—proving you need not be at a four-year institution to experience the living/learning experience.

A dozen or so living-learning communities at Onondaga Community College are designed around themes such as wellness, criminal justice and STEM. About 30 percent of students who live on campus will be a part of such of community this school year.

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Through Virtual Bookstores, an Illinois university  offers more affordable textbooks and sees increased merchandise sales

The campus bookstore traditionally was the one place students could purchase the right edition of texts for their courses—albeit at full cost. With the rise of online retailers came competition for the bookstore, as student access to more affordable textbook options grew exponentially.