Building maintenance is an important factor in enrolment: Opinion


While maintenance for older buildings can be a challenge, it is also an important factor in enrolment, writes Richard Michal for Inside Higher Ed. Michal writes that many institutions hope to make a positive first impression by showing off their newest buildings during tours and visits, but students also notice and care about the older buildings. The author references a recent US survey that showed that 65% of students factored campus facilities into their enrolment decisions, which demonstrates the importance of campus buildings and grounds. Michal notes that deferred maintenance is a common issue in the US, where many have older buildings with temperature and accessibility issues, and encourages institutions to take the necessary action to ensure the campus facilities make and maintain a positive impression for students.

Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.)