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8 Observations from APPA Town Hall Meetings

8 Observations from APPA Town Hall Meetings

APPA – the organization representing leadership in educational facilities – has hosted weekly Town Hall meetings via webinar to discuss COVID-19 concerns and share emerging practices. Here are eight observations about facilities management from the sessions. Read more

Keeping Score: Using a Hiring Rubric

Keeping Score: Using a Hiring Rubric

Use a hiring rubric to bring objectivity to the search process. View examples of applicant screening and interview rubrics! Read more

Chairing a Search Committee in Higher Education

Chairing a Search Committee in Higher Education

Are you part of a search committee at your college or university? Do you know someone who is? Review our expert's Top 9 suggestions on what the best committee chairs do! Read more

Modern Libraries in Higher Education ~ Functional & Cool

Modern Libraries in Higher Education ~ Functional & Cool

Many higher education institutions have built new or renovated their libraries over the last several years - taking them from quiet traditional study areas to technologically-advanced collaboration facilities. See for yourself how cool "the library" can be.... Read more

As Sure as the Leaves are Changing, So is Grounds and Maintenance

As Sure as the Leaves are Changing, So is Grounds and Maintenance

The competitive nature of academia pushes the look, feel, and safety of a campus to the forefront, attracting more students, researchers, entertainment, athletic departments, and, ultimately, funding. Many universities are seeking improvements to their grounds and finding talented professionals... Read more

U.S. Higher Education Construction Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

U.S. Higher Education Construction Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Whether you work directly for a higher education institution or you’re involved in the sector from an architecture, engineering, construction, or real estate perspective, it’s highly likely you’re aware of the construction activity on U.S. college and university campuses. Read more

The Evolution of the University Planner

The Evolution of the University Planner

It's one thing to have someone who can assess building usage and mitigate expenditures; it's another to have someone who can plan, organize, and even redistribute space in a way that enhances your institution's learning experience and integrates its culture. Introducing the new university plan Read more

Campus Security a Primary Focus for Colleges & Universities

Campus Security a Primary Focus for Colleges & Universities

Students and parents aren't just interested in academic and geographical locations anymore. Security is playing a major role in the attractiveness of college and universities. Read more

Research Intensive Labs Are All About Sustainability

Research Intensive Labs Are All About Sustainability

Universities are focused on sustainability, and they are constantly balancing priorities of providing facilities that are attractive and healthy for occupants, and mitigating their energy costs and environmental impacts. For institutions that are research-intensive, this can be extremely complex. Read more

Value of Six Sigma in Facilities Management

Value of Six Sigma in Facilities Management

Six Sigma is a methodology that supports Operational Excellence. While it has been known as a business improvement concept for decades in the corporate world, it is still in its initial stages of being utilized within facilities management. Read more