Five ways to attract students with fit-for-purpose, well maintained facilities
Could poor facility management be affecting your enrolments?
The quality of the learning experience you can provide is closely tied to the state of your facilities. After all, your campuses' functional areas support the approaches and technologies that contribute to expanding minds and ground-breaking research.
Applying innovative teaching methods can be stymied by old-fashioned, tech-deficient classrooms. Gaining new enrolments in fast-growing STEM fields is made more difficult without cutting-edge equipment, networks and laboratories, as well as the staples, like safe, well-lit environments, leisure spaces, parks, gardens and
It follows that in a competitive higher education market, how well you manage facilities over their life affects your performance, reputation and bottom line.
2. Quality and risk
Inadequate facilities affect your ability to function in the same way that poor business systems do.The business model, operational, compliance, enrolment supply and reputational risks your university must address in today's volatile global market are all interdependent on the physical infrastructure your university manages. Proactive maintenance is essential to reduce risk: ensuring facilities are hazard-free, disaster-ready, and enhance personal safety and wellbeing of students. Predicting repair and replacement needs also keep facilities fit-for-purpose, which means their use can be optimised to ensure finite resources stretch further, and a faster return on investment for new facilities.
3. Digital self-service
Using technology to access information and services is second-nature for most of today's students. A survey of Australian students' ICT literacy found that 79 per cent of Year 10 students already had at least five years' of using digital devices under their belt. Comprehensive facilities management in higher education should include a self-service environment where staff and students have digital access to report issues. This approach helps you manage problems within published service level standards, which will improve their student experience.
4. Future of work
Many of the 20 most popular university courses chosen by Victorian school leavers in 2019 are in rapidly evolving fields where emerging technology will play a role, such as science, medicine, biomedicine and paramedicine. How do you determine what facilities to invest in, and when, without a 'big picture' view of asset lifecycle management?
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