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Higher ed and public-private partnerships: Myths vs. realities

February, 2017
Kevin Wayer is an international director and co-president of JLL’s Public Institutions group, providing real estate services to higher ed institutions.

To bridge the gap between dwindling public resources and the growing cost of infrastructure and facilities, a public-private partnership (P3) can be a solution that infuses capital into an overstretched budget and makes new development financially feasible.

College campus groundbreakings

January, 2017
Higher ed officials are expecting the University of Notre Dame's Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall of Architecture facility to be completed by December 2018.

The University of Notre Dame, University of the Ozarks and Ursinus College each announce an upcoming facility to be constructed on their campuses in the future.

A look back: Top college stories of 2016

January, 2017

American higher education in 2016 faced increased pressure on performance. Colleges and universities were also being pushed to eliminate administrative and academic silos to help students of all ages and backgrounds succeed. Here’s a look back at what made headlines in higher ed this past year and how campuses responded.

College facilities under pressure

January, 2017
Source: UB survey (higher ed respondents represented a mix of suburban, urban and rural campuses); all percentages have been rounded.

A facilities administrator from a suburban institution of 5,000 to 10,000 students says his department faces three challenging realities: increased pressure to reduce operation costs, diminishing resources and a rising deferred maintenance program.

The college’s largest classroom: Its campus

January, 2017
MONUMENTAL DISPLAY AT COLLEGE—The Anaconda Wire and Cable Company monument at Chapman University is made entirely of materials from the industrial plant that used to stand where its film school is now located.

In a renewal of social consciousness in American higher ed, colleges are refining stories of their history told through statues, signage and installations on campus. Many are turning this into an aesthetic opportunity, with historically accurate, engaging content presented in ways that visually enhance and individualize the campus. The concept is known as ambient learning.

Sponsored Content

1/10/2017

The Jeanne Clery Act, passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety, as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. Revised and amended several times since its inception, compliance with the Clery Act requires careful and deliberate coordination among various campus officials and entities.  

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Stanley Security
Joseph Gillio,  Senior Director, Strategic Planning & Marketing,  Casio America Inc.

Traditional projectors operate off of a mercury vapor lamp. Casio’s LampFree projectors use a blue laser, phosphor and a red LED light source. This is a major advantage for several reasons...

Linda Ding, Senior Education Program Strategist, Laserfiche

There are three challenges in achieving efficiencies through technology initiatives.

Eileen Smith,  Vice President Marketing and Communications,  Jenzabar

Previously, students were looked at in a very fragmented way: They were either a recruit, an applicant, a student, a potential graduate, a lifelong learner or potential dropout. New tools have caused a shift in how higher ed is viewing students, we can now think of the student in a much more holistic way.

It’s no secret that text messaging is the preferred method of communication for today’s students over email, direct mail or phone calls; a recent study found that some 97 percent say they use texting as their primary form of communication, 73 percent say they want schools to text them, and nearly three quarters of prospective students want to text with admissions counselors. However, only 28 percent report being offered the option to text with their college or university. How should institutions address this gap by reaching students the way they prefer?