Diverse student populations create a diverse campus
Future generations of college students will represent a racial generation gap as projections triple the number of Latinos and Asians in the United States over the next 40 years. In addition, a growing international student population on college and university campuses continues to trend upwards. With these diverse population groups comes the potential for different learning styles, student support needs, and access requirements. Increased student diversity on campus increases the need to understand how physical space will impact learning and development for future students.
Our future depends on access and affordability
Current and future economic implications paired with changing student demographics will influence future generations' ability to access a college education. The challenge ahead is to provide higher education for varied constituencies. Determining location, program, and design facilities that improve access and affordability means looking beyond the traditional definition of a campus.
The career era is over. Employees no longer find one job and stick to it. Today's workforce seeks to challenge itself with new skillsets, maintaining a competitive edge. This makes continuing education programs more valuable than ever. An overwhelming majority of adults in the U.S. agree that degree completion, advanced degrees, and continuing education make a candidate more attractive to potential employers.
Quick Case Study:
Lorain County Community College, iLoft; Elyria, Ohio
According to the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, "Personal interaction with faculty members strengthens students' connections to the college and helps them focus on their academic progress." Taking this into account, Sasaki surveyed the latest innovations in instructional spaces and worked extensively with LCCC to examine efficient and effective ways for students and faculty to interact. The team then collaborated with faculty and administrators to determine the types of spaces that best support teaching and learning. The resulting design arranges classrooms along both sides of the building, creating two flexible bars. The dividing walls easily relocate, enabling the college to resize classrooms as needed. Outside these classrooms are group study rooms that can be used as informal study spaces.
The Course Redesign Initiative at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) is a campus-wide effort to examine more efficient and effective ways for students and faculty to interact. In 2009, LCCC engaged...