January 2015 College Planning & Management

January 2015

On the Cover

Higher Education Building Trends

An Eye On the Horizon

By Brandon Barrett

As 2015 arrives, no one can be sure what the year will hold for higher education. Still, colleges and universities continue to evolve in physical, social, pedagogical, digital and other ways. Here is a sampling of trends worth watching.


Geographical information system

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Mapping Safety

By Mark Rowh

Geographical information system technology (GIS) supports emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.

Outdoor Learning Environments

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

How to Design Outdoor Learning Environments

By Ellen Kollie

Outdoor learning environments support education and will continue to do so well into the future. Here are some tips for planning your next space, along with idea-building success stories.

Flipping for STEM

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Flipping for STEM

By Amy Milshtein

While the flipped teaching model is old news in the humanities it finds new purpose in STEM subjects. But look out. This trendy pedagogy may require an overhaul of your classrooms, especially the large lecture hall.

equestrian higher ed studies

Business (Managing Higher Ed)

The Winner's Circle

By Danielle Mastromarino Bucci

A new program on the campus of Long Island University taps into an equestrian legacy to prepare students for careers in a burgeoning industry.

visual communication

Technology (Innovations for Education)

Seeing is Communicating

By David Wilkins

Leveraging visual communications to inform, protect and collaborate across the campus.


Maintenance & Operations (Managing the Physical Plant)

Things I've Learned 2014

By Michael G. Steger

Reflections on learning, taking risks, trust and remembering what matters.

Business Practices (Achieving Administrative Excellence)

The Student as Consumer

By Dr. Marylouise Fennell, Dr. Scott D. Miller

Institutions must focus on students’ growing expectations.

Emerging Technology (Enhancing, Engaging, Connecting)

Windows 10

By David W. Dodd

Transformation, or last hurrah?

Trends in Green (Sustainable Innovations on Campus)

Engaging Sustainable Thinking

By Gena M. Kovalcik

The University of Pittsburgh develops in a new academic paradigm.

Fire & Life Safety (Focus On Preparation and Prevention)

Self-Inspection Programs

By Mike Halligan

Reduce demands on staff and improve safety through self-inspections.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

At What Cost?

By Deborah P. Moore


Boston Conservatory

Facility Focus: Auditoriums, Music Rooms, Performing Arts

The Boston Conservatory: Studio Building

New Mexico State University

Facility Focus: Auditoriums, Music Rooms, Performing Arts

New Mexico State University



Case History (Real-World Solutions)

New Vents Solve Old Problems

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