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Multipurpose arena at Bentley University

July, 2018
NOT JUST FUN AND GAMES—Aside from hockey, students use the arena as a “living lab” where they analyze the building’s energy data, complete marketing projects and create sales plans for season tickets.

To celebrate its bicentennial in 2018, Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, built a 76,000-square-foot arena that meets the needs of its Division I hockey program while also serving the entire campus community.

Landscaping keeps colleges on solid ground

July, 2018
MOW PRO—When hired, all landscaping employees at The University of Iowa must pass hands-on training on how to operate campus equipment. Facilities management also has a full-time safety manager who oversees the proper use of personal protective equipment and safety procedures. (University of Iowa Landscape Services.)

Landscaping strives to achieve the following four goals as they prioritize a never-ending list of pressing everyday tasks as well as find time and resources for more intensive projects.

Providers on better groundskeeping and landscaping management

July, 2018

Where do campuses fall short on groundskeeping and landscaping, and what misconceptions do administrators outside of facilities departments have about groundskeeping?

Colleges replace plastic straws with paper

July, 2018
SUSTAINABLE SWAG—A pair of University of Portland students show off two of the 400 stainless steel straws a campus ecology group gave out after the school eliminated the plastic versions.

The entire country of England, the city of Seattle and several U.S. campuses have targeted the simple drinking straw as a relatively easy way to operate more sustainably.

Solar collaboration energizes a new era of sustainability in higher ed

June, 2018
ENERGETIC ALLIES—Hampshire College, which operates a solar farm on its Massachusetts campus (above), has joined a coalition of four other small colleges to buy power from a new solar farm in Maine.

Five New England colleges have teamed up in a unique partnership, choosing a site in Farmington, Maine, for a solar-power farm that will reduce carbon footprints on each campus and show students sustainability in action.

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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: Meghan Turjanica, Product Manager for Student Success, Jenzabar; Mathew Arndt, Lead Data Scientist, Jenzabar; Wade Leuwerke, Associate Professor, Drake University, Co-creator, Jenzabar Student Success Survey.

Many institutions ask their enrollment teams, advising offices, faculty and other departments to focus on student success, but these departments often do not understand all of the unique factors that contribute to the success of their students. A more holistic view is crucial to helping students succeed.