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Fleet feats on college campuses

September, 2017
DRIVERLESS SAFETY—Automated shuttles for transporting people along a route to University of Michigan’s North Campus use invisible laser beams to build a view of the surrounding environment plus GPS for localization. On-board cameras and Wi-Fi capture data generated during operation.

Take a look inside the minds of leaders of campus fleets as they share their major concerns and what they’re doing to keep things moving along.

Welcoming home college faculty

September, 2017
HOUSING OPTIONS—Bowles Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, was recently renovated to include faculty housing units. With the high cost of housing in the region, the facility provides an option for new staff.

Nationwide, the scope of faculty and staff housing programs varies as much as campus locations do.

Politicians on college campuses

May, 2017
THE BIG EVENT—In 2016, when President Barack Obama visited the University of Nebraska at Omaha, more than 10,000 higher ed students, faculty, staff and community members attended an event at the campus arena.

Colleges may already prepare extensively for VIPs, but a deeper level of cross-campus coordination can ensure a smooth visit even when protests or other disruptions occur.

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.

Campus vehicle management moves forward

November, 2015
One way to encourage bicycle use on campus is to make it easy for riders to meet up. At Westminster College, mechanics are on hand to assist with repairs and maintenance in a do-it-yourself bike shop, part of a student-run bicycle collective.

In the last few years, new parking technology has allowed colleges and universities to upgrade systems and infrastructure. Yet higher ed officials are still mapping out the connections between parking operations, campus fleets and overall sustainability.

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5/2/2018

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4/19/2018

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4/17/2018

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4/12/2018

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4/10/2018

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