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Recent Article: What’s On My Mind: Amenitizing vs. Academinizing

From Student  Housing Business Journal, November/December 2013 I had the recent pleasure of attending the Interface On-Campus Student Housing Conference in Orlando.  The dialogues that took place between developers, institutions and architects were rich with ideas. One of the ideas that was batted around was ‘amenitizing’ vs. ‘academinizing’ (hard word to pronounce, I know).  I[…]


COAKLEY AND COLLEAGUES ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP Consulting Firm to Work with Inland American Communities to Develop New Campus Housing Projects.   Coakley and Colleagues INC, a higher education consulting firm, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Inland American Communities Group (IACG, Dallas, TX).  Inland American Communities, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inland American[…]

2013 ACUHO-I Conference and Exhibition

I recently had the pleasure to attend the 2013 ACUHO-I Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis.  With over 1,000 attendees and more than 150 vendors, it was well worth the time and money.  With program sessions covering issues in residential life, facilities management, leadership development, staff training and many other focus areas, there was something for[…]


  At the recent BISNOW conference in Philadelphia, several of the panelists, including me, expressed concern that some college and university markets are being overbuilt with properties that offer high levels of amenities.  Granite countertops, stainless appliances, resort style pools, and extensive fitness areas are the norm in many new off-campus properties catering to the[…]

Troy Melendez

 Troy A. Melendez, Ph.D. Areas of expertise: Student Development and Academic Success programming; development and training for peer and staff mentoring; masculinity and men’s risk management issues; pro-social bystander intervention training; academic planning and goal setting; values-based leadership development; diversity and equity programming and training; program assessment, evaluation and establishing learning outcomes.  Dr. Troy Melendez[…]

Melissa Giles

Melissa Giles Areas of expertise:  Residence life, social justice/oppression reduction education, learning outcomes and assessment, organizational change and restructuring, conflict mediation, mental health counseling and crisis management in higher education; building student and academic affairs partnerships Melissa Giles is currently the Associate Director for Residential Life at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She brings over[…]

Kathleen Baker

Kathleen Baker Areas of expertise: learning communities, private-public partnerships, restructuring, work/life balance, team development Kathleen (Kathi) Baker has worked in the field of student housing for 25 years. She has held positions with a variety of responsibilities, with eight years of experience at the Director or General Manager level. She currently works as Director of[…]

Neil Calfee

  Neil Calfee Areas of expertise:  Public/Private Partnerships (P3); Request for Proposals (RFP); Contract Negotiation; Document Review; Town & Gown; Financial Analysis & Modeling; and Project Feasibility Analysis. For nearly two decades, Neil Calfee has demonstrated expertise and experience in the cultivation and management of complex development projects, involving partnerships between one or more government[…]