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Sprouting the next generation of agricultural leaders

May, 2018

Imagine a relay race with no one to hand off the torch?  This is the daunting challenge we face with the future of agricultural education.

Colleges that reduce food waste help feed the hungry, save money

February, 2018
FOOD RECOVERY HIERARCHY–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions colleges and universities can take to prevent and divert wasted food. Each tier focuses on different management strategies. The top levels are the best ways to prevent waste because they create the most benefits for the environment, society and the economy. (Source: EPA; UBmag.me/feed).

College students are responsible for about 22 million pounds of the waste, according to the Food Recovery Network, a student-operated movement to fight hunger in the U.S.

Groundbreakings: College science building, business school, learning commons

December, 2017
The science and innovation building at the California State University's Dominguez Hills campus will contain wet and dry labs with bi-folding doors that connect to outside workshops.

California State University's Dominguez Hills campus is set to complete a three-story, 91,000-square-foot building for early 2020.

Higher ed can power peace of mind

November, 2017
Robert Shipley is assistant vice president of Facilities Management and campus sustainability coordinator at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.

Storms like Sandy—and more recently Harvey, Irma and Maria—make us think about our responsibility as the people in charge of the facilities that so many live, work and learn in every day.

Binghamton University builds the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator

October, 2017
SUSTAINABLE SPOTLIGHT—The incubator’s design incorporates natural lighting, and occupancy sensors are used to help save energy. The building location and exterior provide for optimal solar orientation.

Binghamton University has extended its reach to the business sector with the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and startup companies.

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4/19/2018

Student loan debt—as well as delinquency and defaults—continue to be serious concerns among students, alumni, parents, higher ed institutions and their communities. The financial burdens on students can negatively impact both their success while enrolled and after graduation, as well as the enrollment, finances and public image of institutions as a whole.

4/18/2018

Today’s students have expectations that their courses provide flexible, easy-to-access video content and blended learning environments, but implementing video such as lecture capture platforms at scale across campus—and in a way that drives student success—can be challenging.

4/17/2018

Collaborative work is key to a student’s success in the workforce of today and tomorrow. Today’s students expect their campus learning spaces to be technology-enabled environments that provide seamless collaboration and wireless connectivity, but creating these spaces can be challenging for institutions, as there are a variety of issues to consider, from room layout to the “digital divide.”

4/12/2018

Campus mail centers have changed dramatically. Due to the rise of e-commerce, many campuses are overwhelmed with package deliveries, and campus mail centers are struggling to keep pace.  This trend is forecast to continue for the foreseeable future, resulting in disgruntled students and wasted resources. Leading institutions have found solutions—innovative technology which enables campus mail centers to become efficient, flexible and responsive to this changing environment.

4/10/2018

While gathering various types of assessment data can be vital to help college and university leaders to identify areas for improvement and to influence strategic decision making, it can be challenging to make sense of this data, and to act accordingly. Benchmarking can address this challenge, by providing a better understanding of the data, identifying which results are outstanding or concerning, and helping higher ed leaders to establish goals for their institution.