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ERIC Number: EJ943811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0736-0983
Five Recession-Driven Strategies for Planning and Managing Campus Facilities
Rudden, Michael S.
Planning for Higher Education, v39 n1 p4-17 Oct-Dec 2010
Colleges and universities continue to face significant fiscal challenges in the current recession. A review of ongoing campus facilities planning projects, coupled with a review of more than 30 recent campus master planning requests for proposals and the relevant literature, indicates that colleges and universities are finding innovative ways to do more with less in response to this challenging economic environment. This discussion focuses on five economic-driven facilities planning and management strategies that have emerged in the current recession: (1) Defer capital expenditures and reduce facilities operating costs; (2) Increase use of existing instructional facilities; (3) Improve campus sustainability; (4) Adapt to evolving information technology; and (5) Leverage depressed real estate market. Although the recession-driven fiscal challenges motivating these facilities planning and management strategies may be ameliorated through economic recovery, higher education cannot return to the revenue model of the past. The current financial climate has only added urgency to the trend already underway to innovate and to explore alternative campus development approaches that support institutional growth and, in some cases, institutional survival. (Contains 1 figure and 24 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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