June 22, 2015 – June 29, 2015

School Facility Marketplace

Industry Related Reports

National News

  • Gainful Employment Survives For-Profit Challenge
    “The Department of Education’s controversial gainful employment rule is set to take effect next month, after a judge on Tuesday ruled against the for-profit college organization trying to block its implementation….”
  • Adaptive Reuse
    “You wouldn’t know it, but several classrooms at the 9th Grade Center of Garner Magnet High School in Garner, N.C., used to be cinema screening rooms with sloped floors. A portion of another classroom was once a concessions stand….”
  • ‘Wow, you really like me!’
    “The physical environment of our schools plays an important role in how our students feel and educators function. Seemingly small details such as controlled daylight, a connection with the outdoors, and interactive gathering spaces all contribute to a bright, positive atmosphere that could greet students and teachers each morning….”
  • A Battle Worth Fighting
    “In recent years, schools around the country have taken a beating from escalating energy bills. But, that doesn’t have to be your reality. Educational leaders can make a difference in their facilities’ performance by using some of the same approaches they utilize to enhance students’ performance….”
  • Involve, Engage, Motivate: Teaching Students With Ed Tech
    “The physical environment of our schools plays an important role in how our students feel and educators function. Seemingly small details such as controlled daylight, a connection with the outdoors, and interactive gathering spaces all contribute to a bright, positive atmosphere that could greet students and teachers each morning….”
  • UW System CIO Sasi Pillay Talks Retention, Transitioning from NASA
    “It’s easy for recruitment and retention to get lost in the shuffle among sexier topics like flipped learning, MOOCs, and the ongoing debates over funding and the cost of education. But for most institutions, the two Rs of admissions are still top of mind….”
  • Education Department Backs Off of College Ratings
    “Instead of debuting a new college ratings system this summer, the U.S. Department of Education, will launch a consumer-oriented website to allow students and families to compare schools across multiple metrics….”
  • Campus Retail: Who Let the Books Out?
    “Transitioning to digital-only sales of course materials, some campus stores are shuttering. Others are selling anything BUT the books….”
  • Report: Federal Education Funding Plummeting
    “Over the last five years, Congress has cut federal funding for K-12 education by nearly 20 percent, about five times more than overall spending cuts, according to a new report….”

Local News

Florida

  • FPL and FIU Partner to Build Innovative Solar Research Facility
    “Florida Power & Light Company and Florida International University today announced a new partnership to build a commercial-scale distributed solar power facility that will both generate electricity for FPL’s 4.8 million customers and serve as an innovative research operation…”

Illinois

  • Chicago Board Of Education Borrowing $1 Billion
    “The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved two sets of borrowings that total $1.13 billion and that are aimed at boosting the financially troubled school district’s cash flow….”

Indiana

  • Designing Learning Spaces for Both Online and On-Campus Delivery
    “Purdue University found a way to create a flexible and inviting learning space for on-campus learners while also delivering high-quality audio and video recording for distance students….”
  • Student Failures Beset Ivy Tech
    “Ivy Tech Community College is on the verge of no longer being a provider for some state workforce training and education programs because many of its students are not succeeding….”

Maryland

  • Growing Towson University Plans for the Future
    “There’s no denying Towson University has expanded rapidly: The student body grew from 14,551 in 1994 to 22,285 last year. School officials expect enrollment to top out at 25,000 to 26,000 over the next 10 to 12 years. But campus housing has not kept pace, and as students have pushed into neighborhoods, conflicts with residents have increased….”

Massachusetts

  • Boston Conservatory and Berklee Sign MOU to Explore Merger
    “The MOU was pursued as leadership from both schools realized that, together, they could create a visionary response to the rapidly evolving needs of 21st century artists. The two presidents agree that their combined institutions could offer students a truly unique environment in which to build the foundation of their life’s work and discover their authentic voices….”

World News