lou-Spalding 2 (4) JLL has an agreement with Spalding University in Louisville to manage its facilities and help with the “greening” of the campus.

CHICAGO—Higher education leaders need to both cut costs in 2018 and keep delivering high-quality, high-tech campus experiences. An increasing number are deciding to follow a longstanding trend in corporate America and outsource their facilities management needs, and experts believe the sector’s transformation has really just begun.

“Universities have been slower to outsource their non-core-business functions,” David Houck, co-leader of JLL’s higher education practice, tells GlobeSt.com. These institutions, some centuries old, “are not driven by profits, and change comes slowly.” But declining revenues from tuition and public support, coupled with aging facilities and rising pension liabilities, means many schools need new ways to save. And third-party managers have the scale to run certain aspects of education far more efficiently, which allows school administrators, professors, and other staff to concentrate on their core competencies.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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