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Thought Leader Series
APPA developed the Thought Leaders Series to promote dedicated discussions on the future of higher education and the impact of that future on educational facilities. The annual Thought Leaders Symposium convenes representatives of colleges and universities from across the United States and Canada alongside association leaders, industry consultants, and education experts.
Thought Leaders is a program of APPA's Center for Facilities Research. For more information about the Thought Leaders Series, contact:
Jack Colby, Thought Leaders Series chairperson
Lander Medlin, APPA executive vice president
The 2012 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored in part by DTZ, a UGL company, and Jacobs, identified major issues, trends, and recommendations related to the focused topic of space management and utilization in higher education. Included are the top critical facilities issues:
1. Align space management to the mission of the institution.
The 2011 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored in part by UGL Services and Jacobs, focuses on the specific topic of technology. Included are resources and discussions on the identified top ten critical facilities issues:
1. Establish a culture of innovation and collaboration.
The 2010 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored in part by UGL Services, identified major issues confronting higher education (both current and projected), and further identified the top critical facilities issues. The results are wide-ranging and reflect the multiplicity of challenges facing higher education and the built environment:
APPA's Sustainability Guide
APPA has also published a special report in our Thought Leaders Series – The Educational Professional's Practical Guide to Reducing the Campus Carbon Footprint. Sponsored by Affiliated Engineers Inc., this implementation guide gives educational facilities professionals a practical companion framework for moving forward in their unique role within the process of achieving environmental sustainability. The report helps facilities managers and sustainability coordinators maximize their specific contributions and work in tandem with other campus stakeholders to meet their institutions’ goals of carbon neutrality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The 2009 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored in part by Haley & Aldrich, Inc., and with sponsorship assistance from Delta Controls, focused on the specific topics of environmental sustainability and energy, as seen through the prism of the economy. Included are resources and discussions on the identified top ten critical facilities issues:
The 2008 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored by Jacobs, focused on changing demographics and accountability, within higher education. Includes the top critical facilities issues.
The 2007 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored by Carter & Burgess, Inc., with sponsorship assistance from IBM, focused on evolving technology, changing stakeholder expectations, and the impact of competition on both those drivers of change. The report includes the top ten critical facilities issues.2007: Educational Facilities and the Impact of Technology, Expectations, and Competition
The 2006 Thought Leaders Symposium, sponsored by Carter & Burgess, Inc., discussed the changing landscape of higher education and how the college or university’s built environment needs to respond to the changing demands on the educational institutionby identifying the drivers or trends affecting higher education’s future. Includes the top ten critical facilities issues.2006: University Facilities Respond to the Changing Landscape of Higher Education
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