TO: Faculty (CC: Dan LaForge; Holly Hein; Senior Staff)
FROM: Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
DATE: September 9, 2015
SUBJECT: Academic Space Planning
First, thank you all for a smooth opening of school for AY 2015-16. As you know we have once again achieved a robust entering class and our early metrics suggest we are on a similar track for next year.
The growth models we’ve worked through together in the last several months provide hundreds of thousands of dollars for increased instructional space as enrollments increase. In support for measured growth beyond 625 over the next couple of years, I will soon be commissioning an ad hoc committee to plan for academic and instructional space capacity and needs.
The carefully focused committee will be charged to recommend options for developing classroom, lab, and faculty office needs. The team will consider how best to leverage every tool in our planning toolbox including building new buildings; repurposing existing spaces; maximizing classroom time; increasing appropriate access to McKay Farm, and the UCCPA; and creatively imagining multi-function offices and instructional spaces including but not limited to reimagining the Unity House as an academic space, and creating co-working spaces for faculty. Dan will be finalizing the full charge in consultation with Senior Staff. Please note that this is not an attempt to minimize our long-term plan for a Sustainability Science Space, but instead is to make sure we have the minimum spaces needed to build towards our 750 model presented if any (Specifically: Classroom(s), Lab(s), Faculty Offices).
The committee will be chaired by the Director of Facilities, Dan LaForge, and will include the Dean of Institutional Research, as well as four elected faculty representatives—two of whom will be in their first contract period at Unity College. I am working with the moderator to establish elections for the faculty positions. Faculty members on the committee will be responsible for communicating back to and representing all interests of the larger faculty constituency.
I expect this exciting and important ad hoc committee to convene by October 1, 2015. The final report and recommendations are due to me by December 12, 2015. I will process the recommendations with the Academic Leadership Team and Senior Staff and use the recommendations and feedback to make decisions during our physical infrastructure build out.
Some of the more creative ideas that have been offered for consideration so far include extending classes into the weekends, Nothing is off the table at this point.
I eagerly anticipate the group’s recommendations.
Dr. Melik Peter Khoury
Executive Vice President, CAO, CFO &
Liaison to the Board of Trustees
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