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"Megatrends and Myths: Facilities Management Practices in Higher Education"
Author: Daigneau, William A.
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: November/December 2006

Article is adapted from presentation Daigneau made to the APPA/OECD conference, Planning, Designing and Managing Higher Education Institutions. Discusses the trends that will influence the functions and processes of higher education in the future, recognizing their relationship to planning and management of higher education facilities and the goal of maintaining or increasing the return on investment on campus facilities in the face of these trends. Identifies and details such trends as changing student demographics, access and efficiency, technology, accountability, and environmental concerns.  Identifies myths, which he defines as current facilities management practices and beliefs that should be seriously reexamined: build for the long haul, build flexibility into the design, form follows function, deferred maintenance is bad, and facilities attract students. This article received the 2007 Rex Dillow Award for Outstanding Article in Facilities Manager.



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