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Higher Education Facilities Trends

January 21, 2013

Higher education professionals and architects share their views on current developments, educational facilities and the outlook for the future.



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A convergence of factors is currently disrupting higher education overall and its facilities in particular. Not only are new economic realities placing strong pressure on institutions to reduce costs, but new technologies are challenging traditional teaching methods and altering the manner students choose to engage with educators.

Paradoxically, the very technologies that challenge conventional teaching methods hold the potential to deepen student knowledge and access.

We gathered feedback from higher education planners, administrators and the architects who support them to conduct this study, including over 90 professionals at the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) annual conference.

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