The University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s plan construction next year on a new on-site facility to provide child care for faculty, staff and students with children between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years old. Growing out of the recommendations of a faculty and staff committee charged with looking at child care assistance opportunities, the new facility will open in summer 2025 and be operated by KinderCare, the nation’s largest child care and early education provider.
The center will be located on the north edge of campus near White Field, adjacent to Beichner Hall and The Landings at Notre Dame apartments.
The Early Childhood Development Centers at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College will continue to offer early childhood programs for children age 2 through kindergarten and will work in collaboration with KinderCare.
“We welcome KinderCare to the Notre Dame campus. Infant care is greatly needed in our community, and we are pleased that the University continues to support families’ needs for quality early childhood care and education. We look forward to continuing our mission to provide the community with high-quality accredited preschool and kindergarten programs at our two ECDC campus sites,”
— Kari Alford, Executive Director.
Today we break down regulations, codes, standards and open-source literature governing the safety and sustainability of university-affiliated medical research and healthcare delivery facilities. Because of the complexity of the topic we break down our coverage:
Health 200. Survey of all relevant codes, standards, guidelines and recommended practices for healthcare settings.
Health 400. All of the above with special consideration needed for obstetrics, gynecological and neonatal clinical practice and research.
Today we confine our interest to systems — water, power, telecommunication and security; for example — that are unique to campus-configured, city-within-city risk aggregations. Electrotechnologies (voltage stability, static electricity control, radio-interference, etc.) in these enterprises are subtle, complex and high risk. Sample titles from legacy best practice literature in this domain are listed below:
Since our interest lies in the habitable spaces for these enterprises we usually start with a scan of the following titles:
Relevant Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers research
Finally, we collaborate with the IEEE E&H Committee on the following IEC committee projects from IEC/TC 62 Electrical equipment in medical practice:
– Common aspects of electrical equipment used in diagnostic imaging equipment
– Equipment for radiotherapy, nuclear medicine and radiation dosimetry
– Electromedical equipment for neonatal care
International Conference on Harmonization: The ICH guidelines provide guidance on the development of pharmaceuticals and related substances, including clinical trials, drug safety, and efficacy.
Animal Welfare Act and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Good Laboratory Practice: GLP is a set of principles that ensure the quality and integrity of non-clinical laboratory studies. It ensures that data generated from non-clinical laboratory studies are reliable, valid, and accurate.
In the early to mid-1900s, some US colleges used orphaned babies in home economics programs to teach child-rearing skills
These children were referred to as "practice babies" pic.twitter.com/FZCkeu0p2m
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) August 17, 2023
Some of the common electro-technologies used in a neonatal care unit include:
It’s important to note that specific tools and equipment may vary depending on the level of neonatal care provided by the unit, the needs of the infants, and the policies of the healthcare facility.
Neonatal care, as a specialized field, has been shaped by the contributions of several pioneers in medicine. Here are a few notable figures who have made significant advancements in neonatal care:
These individuals, among many others, have played pivotal roles in advancing the field of neonatal care, improving the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and overall outcomes for newborn infants.
“Choose a job you love,
and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Today we dwell on titles that inform management of the education industry in the United States specifically; but also more generally in global markets where the education industry is classified as a Producer and a User of human resources. It is an enormous domain; likely the largest.
Human Resources 100 covers skilled trade training in all building construction disciplines.
Human Resources 200 covers the range of skills needed to manage an educational setting — school districts, colleges and universities
When you’re an elementary school principal, you can play at recess any time you want!
— Dr. Rachel Edoho-Eket (@RachelEdohoEket) February 2, 2024
Human Resources 300 covers higher level management of these settings. (Representative Organization Charts)
Human Resources 500 covers everything else
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University of Chicago Press: Readings in Managerial Psychology
Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers: The Story of Success” explores the factors that contribute to high levels of success and achievement. The concept of the “10,000-hour rule” is one of the key ideas presented in the book.
The 10,000-hour rule suggests that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to achieve mastery in a particular field. Gladwell draws on the research of psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, who studied the practice habits of experts in various domains. The book examines examples of successful individuals, such as Bill Gates, The Beatles, and elite athletes, to illustrate how their commitment to extensive practice played a crucial role in their extraordinary accomplishments.
While Gladwell popularized the 10,000-hour rule, it’s important to note that the concept has faced criticism. Some argue that the amount of practice required for expertise can vary depending on the field, the individual, and other factors. Nevertheless, “Outliers” encourages readers to consider the importance of effort, opportunity, and cultural factors in the development of success. The book goes beyond individual talent and emphasizes the role of external influences and circumstances in shaping exceptional achievement.
NFPA 1078 Standard for Electrical Inspector Professional Qualifications identifies the minimum job performance requirements for electrical inspectors. Qualifications for electrical inspectors are heavily regulated by state public safety agencies. Many, if not most electrical inspectors are former electricians. This means that part of their career has been spent working as an Labor/Installer/Maintenance stakeholder, and another part of their career has been spend as an Enforcement stakeholder. (See NFPA Classification of Committee Members). This can be a sensitive condition in large research universities that have a resident full-time enforcement staff ; the subject of a separate post.
Free access to the current 2024 edition is linked below:
The 2028 revision is now open for public input. It is always enlightening to follow the transcripts of the previous revision cycles to see what ideas have been in play.
Public input on the 2028 revision will be received until June 4, 2025
We have found that passions are elevated among stakeholders whenever compliance and conformance revenue is involved — i.e. in any consensus product that covers labor (i.e. billable hours).
We include this standard on the standing agenda of our monthly Human Resource, Power and Infotech teleconferences. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
Accreditation and certification are relatively modern concepts that have evolved over time as formalized methods of establishing and maintaining standards in various fields. The concept of accreditation or certification, as it is understood today, may not have existed in the same form in the distant past. However, there were likely individuals or groups who played roles similar to that of accreditation or certification specialists in history, although the formalized systems of accreditation or certification that exist today were not present.
For example, in ancient times, there were guilds and associations in various professions that set standards for their members, oversaw training and apprenticeship programs, and ensured the quality of their work. These guilds and associations, which existed in various civilizations such as ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, could be seen as early forms of accreditation or certification bodies.
Similarly, in religious contexts, there were individuals who held authority to certify or accredit others. For instance, in medieval Europe, there were religious orders, such as the Knights Templar, who were known for their specialized skills and were often called upon to certify the expertise of others in their areas of knowledge, such as architecture or finance.
In the field of education, ancient universities and centers of learning, such as the ancient Indian Nalanda University or the Islamic madrasas, could also be seen as early forms of accreditation or certification bodies, where scholars were recognized and certified based on their knowledge and expertise.
However, it’s important to note that the formalized systems of accreditation or certification that we are familiar with today, with standardized processes, documentation, and oversight, have developed over time and are relatively modern phenomena. The history of accreditation or certification is complex and multifaceted, with various practices and traditions that have evolved and influenced the modern systems we have today.
“I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious”
— Albert Einstein
Standards are the seed corn for compliance revenue; hence the hegemony of conformance and enforcement enterprises that dominate the global standards system.
Accreditation is a relatively recent breakout topic so we approach it gently; respectful of the business models of the hundreds of education community charitable associations involved in the safety and sustainability of the physical spaces of education communities.
Accreditation 100 tracks facility management credentialing:
Later in 2024 we will sort through other issues in the credentialing domain:
Accreditation 200: Recent innovations in credentialing
Accreditation 300: Requirements for baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees
Accreditation 400: Advanced Topics
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