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Published
October 5, 2021

Can a Campus Plan Drive Equity?

Wake Tech Says Yes!

Come find out how you can apply lessons learned and strategies from Wake Tech's inclusive master planning process to successfully respond to opportunities and challenges of diverse enrollment on your campus.
Abstract: This session will showcase best practices for successfully planning and funding higher education facilities to train future workforces, serve the community, leverage curriculum flexibility, and ensure student success, accessibility, and equity. Wake Technical Community College made a bold decision to reorganize its capital improvement plan to address inequality in an underserved population by creating a new future-forward campus. Come find out how you can apply lessons learned and strategies from Wake Tech's inclusive master planning process to successfully respond to opportunities and challenges of diverse enrollment on your campus.

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Published
July 13, 2021

Higher Education’s Financial Trajectory

Are We at an Inflection Point?

Moody's will discuss the financial outlook for the higher education sector over the next two years and beyond.
Abstract: The external environment confronting colleges and universities continues to rapidly evolve, driven by lingering effects of the pandemic, changing demographics and student preferences, a complex governmental funding environment, and exposure to a broad array of macroeconomic conditions. Moody's will discuss the financial outlook for the higher education sector over the next two years and beyond. Within that context, they will review how they assess the financial health of individual institutions, which are better situated to thrive and which may struggle, and trends in capital funding strategies.

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March 5, 2021

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Delivered
October 20, 2020

2020 North Central Regional Conference | October 2020

Go Nowhere Without a Partner

This session will demonstrate how to meet complex needs for economic mobility and the workforce through several diverse partnerships. You’ll learn about various sources you can use to achieve successful project results as well as how you can nurture your campus and community partnerships for the long term.
Abstract: It’s now more important than ever for higher education institutions to leverage resources and demonstrate their relevancy to the students and communities they serve. This requires creativity and grit. This session will demonstrate how to meet complex needs for economic mobility and the workforce through several diverse partnerships involving campus buildings, major public realm investments, and a $300 million public-supported levy. You’ll learn about various sources you can use to achieve successful project results—city capital and operational money, voters, private sector—as well as how you can nurture your campus and community partnerships for the long term.

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Published
July 1, 2013

Employing College and University Credit Ratings as Indicators of Institutional Planning Effectiveness

Credit ratings can be an integral component of the planning process, particularly as an implicit indicator of institutional planning effectiveness.

From Volume 41 Number 4 | July–September 2013

Abstract: College and university credit ratings directly affect institutional budgeting and planning. Hence, they should be of special concern to those charged with institutional planning. This article underscores the critical role that the ratings issued by two major rating agencies play in institutional finances and planning. Because rating agencies take into account a broad range of criteria, credit ratings remain a robust indicator of creditworthiness and can serve as signaling devices regarding institutional market positioning. Therefore, decision makers should be aware of the importance of ratings as they seek to compete for students and resources in the short run and plan for the long term.

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Published
July 1, 2012

Experiences and Insights from Use of a Design-Build Process in Founding a New Campus

Design-build was the best choice for K-State Olathe because of the flexibility with regard to unknown users and change stakeholder expectations.

From Volume 40 Number 4 | July–September 2012

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Published
December 1, 2003

An Assessment of Capital Budgeting Practices for Public Higher Education

This study finds a need for new capital projects to include continuing, dedicated revenue streams for the project lifetime in order to avoid continuation of the current state of underfunded maintenance, especially in light of growing needs for upgraded research equipment and space.

From Volume 32 Number 2 | December–February 2003

Abstract: The capital renewal and replacement of the nation’s public higher education facilities has been a growing problem for several decades. While the need for new and improved facilities has increased over the years, many campuses simply have too many aging infrastructures that are too costly to replace. This, at a time when we have less than favorable economic conditions, only adds to the situation. As the age, size, and complexity of buildings continue to grow, so too does the amount of maintenance funding required to keep buildings in good working order. The purpose of this study was to assess and compare the 50 states’ efforts of funding public higher education capital needs. This study investigated areas relating to capital needs financing, planning, decision-making processes used in each state, available funding, and future directions in the various states. Of the 50 states, 41 states responded, representing 82 percent of the 50 states.

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