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ERIC Number: ED547779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 50
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 66
ISBN: 1-890956-85-6
Leveraging Facilities for Institutional Success. APPA Thought Leaders Series 2014
APPA: Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
The 2014 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored in part by DTZ, a UGL company, and Jacobs, focused on the issues and challenges related to leveraging campus facility assets to achieve desired institutional outcomes. More than three dozen higher education leaders--including presidents, provosts, business officers, consultants, association executives, and facilities professionals--participated in a facilitated discussion and work session to examine the gap between where higher education wants to be and where it actually finds itself. Participants sought to identify the key characteristics of successful campuses, then looked at what institutions are actually achieving--the disagreeable reality of unsustainable funding models, unsuccessful students, and poorly utilized resources. The report includes an executive summary, strategies for improving institutional outcomes, a lengthy resource section, and the top facilities strategies to support the college or university. The strategies include: (1) Understanding how facilities affect student success and employ best practices for student recruitment and retention; (2) Using total cost of ownership as a guiding principle for all facilities decisions; (3) Making better use of campus space; (4) Expanding data collection and analysis to cut costs and increase efficiency; and (5) Using the campus as a classroom to expand awareness of sustainability and facilities best practices. The purpose of this report is to inform and to prompt discussion. Senior campus facilities officers use this report as a resource within their own departments, and with their counterparts in space management, IT, finance, HR, student services, and administration. Appendix A contains references and resources. Appendix B presents the Participants in the 2014 Thought Leaders Symposium. [To view the 2013 report, see ED547781.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: APPA: Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers