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ERIC Number: EJ775948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Indirect Costs and Other Uses of Facilities Data at Institutions
Watt, Catherine E.; Higerd, Thomas B.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n135 p47-61 Fall 2007
The purpose of this chapter is to examine possible uses for facilities data as they relate to three academic issues: classroom management, personnel management, and research activity. The number of institutions actively using space information to improve decision making is unknown. Most articles available in professional publications such as "Facilities Manager" discuss lessons learned in processes, including suggestions for how processes can be improved. Empirical research is needed on what information is being used and what can be done to improve use of space information for planning. Because facilities information has been relegated to the business arm of academia, it is kept in the distant background in academic planning and assessment. Academic space management is a more contemporary way to view facilities and a fertile area for research in higher education. Given that facilities data can encompass millions of square feet, that there is an entrenched legacy in managing space inventories, that the conversion from space inventory to space database may require new skill sets, and that the efficiencies and effectiveness in improving processes of acquiring space data necessitate review, there is an inherent reluctance to start a process that can be so intimidating. Nevertheless, the authors believe that the results in improved utility of facilities information far outweighs the effort and expense that may be required in the beginning. The focus of this chapter is on institutions that are using space data. Some academic medical centers and research universities are using space information to analyze research productivity in laboratories. Other research universities have used space data to learn where the offices and labs of retiring faculty are housed so that they can plan assignment of available space to new faculty members. Institutions of all sizes are using space databases to better describe the growing variety of classroom types, such as distance education, high-tech eraser boards, audio-video transmission, special equipment for simulation modeling, and large tables and floor space for cooperative learning activities. The goal is to assist professionals interested in maximizing the utility of their institutional space information. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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