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The top 3 trends impacting colleges and universities: learnings from the 2019 SCUP and NACUBO Annual Meetings

Passion. That's the first word that comes to mind after a week of meeting dedicated professionals working to make Higher Education better for the future.

Our team stepped away from the Annual Meetings for National Association Of College And University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) feeling excited by meeting so many enthusiastic, engaged and intelligent planners and financial officers working in the higher education industry today.

Our team is back in the NYC headquarters feeling inspired by the many fresh ideas shared during insightful sessions. It's clear that Higher Education executives are moving challenges to solutions.

Our number 1 goal at Intellis is to provide our clients and partners with high quality software solutions and top-notch customer service that enables colleges and university facility managers and planners to do their jobs with greater ease.

Here are the top 3 takeaways from our time at the Annual Meetings for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) in Seattle and the National Association Of College And University Business Officers (NACUBO) in Austin.

1. Going Green A clear call to arms for more focus and collaboration on sustainability

Planners at Colleges and Universities are preparing for the ways in which Climate Change will impact their campuses in 20 to 50 to 100 years. They are reflecting on how they can make long-term changes that will have positive impact now and in the future.

Energy Efficiency Savings is a bigger priority that it has ever been. Many colleges and universities across the nation have pledged to ramp up their efforts to become Energy Net Zero in the next 30 to 50 years.

2. Humanics Focus on the human parts that machines cannot replicate

"We in higher education want to change the world, but we don’t want to change ourselves” and “life-long learning is a necessity for our future.” -Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University

In the opening keynote Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University, spoke eloquently about the concept of humanics, a new learning model that aims to prepare college students to understand the highly technological world around them as well as to nurture unique human qualities such as creativity. As Artificial Intelligence becomes more commonplace, it is essential that students of all ages learn how to navigate this new digital landscape.

3. Leading on Resilience Colleges and Universities aim to be Environmental Innovators

Today, higher education institutions are expected to be good stewards of the environment and ensure they not only stay compliant but also become sustainability innovators.

Owing to past Environmental Protection Agency regulations and compliance requirements, education institutions have become leaders in the pursuit of environmental and sustainability goals.

Increasingly, institutions are identifying areas where they can actually go beyond mere compliance and evolve into proactive management to support more progressive campus-wide environmental and sustainability goals.

Since 1996, industry associations APPA and CSHEMA have collaborated on the publication of an annual guide to environmental management in an effort to help facility managers go above and beyond.

Learn how Intellis software transformed the Capital Planning process for the New York City Department of Eduction >

Environmental compliance requirements are continually evolving and are becoming increasingly complex. It’s essential to have a collaborative and continuous improvement mindset in order to effectively protect a school’s reputation from non-compliance citations. A strategic software solution like FOUNDATION, a full-service platform that collection data and insights from conditions assessments all the way through through to capital improvement plans, can reveal new ways of doing things in order to empower higher education facility professionals to find hidden value and maximize resources.

Here's how Intellis can help colleges and universities achieve goals and transform campuses for the better:

At Intellis, we are here to help you build upon your college or university's culture of integrated planning and we want to make your lives easier.

Technology should empower your team to improve efficiency and workflow. Staying updated on how to use data and insight tools for facilities is an easy way to cut costs. With the help of enterprise software, like FOUNDATION, facility managers can leverage building data and turn it into actionable insights.

Learn how Intellis software improved transparency and accuracy for the NYC Department of Education's Capital Plan reports >

With robust, data-centric work systems tailored to your needs, you won't have to waste the opportunity to achieve more for your institution. At Intellis we look forward to seeing the progress educational institutions make across these areas, and we’re proud to be an ally in helping higher education institutions work smarter to reach new levels of success!

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