Facilities

'Cash-Poor, Bond-Rich'

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Photo: Courtesy of FTR International Inc. -- Photo by Greg Epstein

LA Valley College's Allied Health and Sciences Center.

Recession? Valet Parking Arrives

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However improbable the timing, a service many would call a luxury is starting to appear on campuses.

LEEDing the Pack

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While Duke showcased its new platinum-rated residence hall at an annual meeting of college housing officers, other campus reps talked getting certified on a budget.

'All the Bells and Whistles'

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As community colleges enroll more full-time and traditional-age students, many are building stand-alone student centers in the mold of those found on the campuses of four-year colleges and universities. Given that some two-year institutions have begun building dormitories, some see the promulgation of these multi-use facilities as yet another step in the ongoing transformation of the community college.

Campus Security, Examined

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Comprehensive survey of colleges' preparedness suggests increasing attention to safety concerns -- but gaps in campus communication and collaboration with local authorities.

Climate Action for Some

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88 colleges and universities submit plans to reduce carbon footprints -- but more than 300 miss the deadline they pledged to meet.

Crowding Out For-Profit Colleges

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Study finds taxpayer-supported bond initiatives shift students from area proprietary institutions to community colleges, boosting enrollment at these already crowded public institutions.

In the Midnight Hour

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Community colleges that started offering sections in the middle of the night are finding the strategy worked, and such scheduling is spreading to other institutions.

Buyer's Market

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Community college leaders eyeing institutional expansion have found a silver lining to the depressed real estate market. Though dwindling state appropriations have halted new construction on many campuses, burgeoning student enrollments have inspired some college officials to buy dilapidated storefronts and acquire public property for development.

The Fix Was In

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In a move called "unprecedented" in its state, the University of South Carolina held a competition to design a major new business school building -- and let the donor select the winner, without telling the other firms spending considerable time and money on their proposals that they wouldn't have a shot at winning, The State reported.

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