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This site is designed to be simple and fast. We avoid the "Hollywood" common in many websites to hasten to our point. Standards Michigan is coded to change materially every two hours; the bulk of the curated content presenting public commenting opportunities that will contribute to safer, simpler, lower-cost and longer-lasting education facilities; a $300 billion industry in the United States alone.

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“The Country School” | Winslow Homer

Can you imagine a more dreary subject than

regulatory risk leadership and management? 

 

Enterprises in the business of reducing the cost of the secondary purpose of the academy need to brighten things up a bit.  Reducing cost to build and operate public assets is never as glamorous as making money; a feature of the consumer finance sector that insurance companies have managed with lighthearted campaigns.  AFLAC uses a duck.   GEICO uses a caveman and a lizard.  Progressive Insurance uses a lady in white.

With publicly  owned assets, however, the price signaling is largely hidden–except in cases of catastrophic cost overrun stories that make their way to headlines.   It is more often the case that price signals are conveyed into material and labor costs of construction project bid tabs or facility O&M recharge rates back to academic units which then find their way into the cost sheets of federally-sponsored research.  Pretty dreary stuff for most people.

Standards Michigan tries to leaven understanding of the financial underpinnings of a large public sector with royalty-free images that enlighten understanding of the character of these “cities-within-cities” near the center of cultural and commercial life in every nation.

With our selection of images, we honor the settings and accomplishments of our colleagues in all colleges, universities and school districts.   Of the five images we select every week one image features a college, university or school district from Michigan, one image from an international institution, and the remaining three from  institutions of all sizes and affiliations within the United States.   Sometimes we make exceptions to the general rule based upon which institution may be in the news.

We do our best to be respectful of intellectual property rights.  Consensus standards are, after all, intellectual property.   To the furthest extend possible we provide direct links to images that reside on organizational servers.  We have plenty of content on our own servers and do whatever is possible to limit local storage.  Simply clicking on the image should redirect you to its source.  The same applies to logo policies.

Many images are also intellectual property.  All images are obtained either from Wikimedia Commons or social media postings that are available royalty-free to the public at the time they were available.   We have technical constraints — such as a 1920 x 720 pixels and resolution — that dominate image selection consideration.  The vertical constraint of 720 pixels is a particular challenge.

We hope our colleagues and visitors will not be shy about sending us their high resolution photos (1920 x 720 pixels) to showcase their accomplishments.

 

Kings College Chapel | Auckland New Zealand | March 16, 2019

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee | March 11, 2019

Georgia Southwestern State University | March 8, 2019

Jacksonville State University | March 6, 2019

Auburn University | March 6, 2019


Image selection is based solely upon the art and quality of the image.  Image selection does not either imply an endorsement or intended to suggest a shortcoming in safety or sustainability.  We maintain an accessible log of image use every 30 days.

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