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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.

Groundbreakings: University of North Alabama, Bradley University and Babson University

October, 2018
The University of North Alabama’s Laura M. Harrison Hall will house the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions and will be constructed on the former site of a science building.

The University of North Alabama’s $18.85 million Laura M. Harrison Hall will house the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions and will be constructed on the former site of a science building.

Institutions bring retirement living to campus

October, 2018
BACK TO SCHOOL—Being on the campus of Lasell College provides residents of Lasell Village with easy access to learning opportunities and an active lifestyle.

Multigenerational campuses are growing. How Lasell College in Massachusetts and Purchase College in New York are opening up retirement communities to lure lifelong learners and provide fixed revenue streams.

Library & Learning Center at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

September, 2018
BUSY BUSINESSES, COMMITTED COMMUNITY—The Library & Learning Center includes a variety of areas, such as a community room with shifting spaces and a kitchen, specifically designed to bring in businesses and members of the community. Since the center opened, the Florida Wildlife Commission has held public hearings and information sessions there, specifically on shark fishing. Businesses can reserve various areas, and community members can borrow books once they apply for a library card.

Although Hurricane Irma halted progress, the new 63,000-square-foot library opened just a month behind schedule. It now provides students with space for using technology and overseeing building projects.

College students learning online, but stepping on campus

August, 2018
Many online students still have on-campus business, such as meeting with instructors and making payments, according to “Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” The Learning House Inc. (UBmag.me/demands).

Like their peers on campus, students enrolled in online programs benefit when they feel included in a community. Colleges cater to this population by offering in-person special events and extended office hours.

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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.

A Kentucky university saw Cohort Default Rates plummet and financial literacy improve almost immediately after implementing two programs that take different, but related, approaches to student success.

At the end of 2013, the three colleges that now make up Sullivan University in Louisville had Cohort Default Rates of about 25 percent each. At the end of the 2018 school year—five years after partnering with Student Connections to implement Borrower Connect—these same schools had default rates from 13.5 percent to 15.4 percent.