A new design program could be in the works for some of the largest universities in the United States, as part of a $50 billion overhaul of the way they manage their buildings.
The National Association of Student Life (NASL) is working on a “graphic redesign” program that could bring in up to $60 million annually to universities across the country.
The NASL, which has about 3,500 members and is funded by the private sector, hopes to help universities design their own digital design solutions to help them get a handle on their campus’ digital footprint.
It also wants to get involved in a variety of student experiences, from learning spaces to office space to student-led groups.NASL president Dan B. Smith said in a statement that he hopes the program will “provide more opportunities for student learning, enhance academic and student experience, and create a more sustainable and inclusive environment for students.”NASL has already announced it is working with some of America’s top universities to help develop the program, which it said will include a design-led, student-centered program that “involves student collaboration and collaborative design” in collaboration with the NASL’s Digital Design & Design Technology Center (DDTC).
The program is designed to bring more transparency to student experiences at colleges and universities.
Smith said that while he is optimistic about the program’s potential to bring in $60 billion annually, he doesn’t think it will be ready until the 2020-2021 academic year.
“I don’t think this is going to be ready anytime soon, but it’s something that will be a real help for our students, for our institutions,” he said.
The program would not have any direct impact on colleges or universities.
Instead, it would help universities “be more efficient in their use of digital resources and in the delivery of information to students.”
It’s one of several new initiatives being launched this year to improve campus security and to improve student learning.
In February, the NASA launched its Digital Safety Initiative, which aims to improve online safety for students, faculty and staff by developing “digital security solutions” to help prevent online threats, such as botnets, from gaining access to student data.
Last week, NASL released a guide to help students and staff learn more about cybercrime, including how to prepare for it.
Smith and NASL CEO Chris L. Graziano said in their statement that the new digital design program is a “first step in the evolution of our nation’s student experience.”NASLA is the nation’s largest student organization, with more than 300 chapters and a membership of more than 2 million students.NASLA has been involved in other digital design initiatives, such in the “Digital Security Handbook,” which was developed to help colleges and university staff prepare for cyberattacks and “digital risks,” which NASLA said would include botnets and viruses.
In 2016, NASLA launched its College Security Initiative to help campuses improve their cyber safety measures and to provide “financial incentives” to universities to adopt a more secure online environment.
NASLA has also supported online safety initiatives at the University of Illinois and the University at Buffalo, as well as at some private colleges.
The new digital redesign program is still in the conceptual stage, but NASL hopes to have it ready by 2021.