The Physical Campus: A Critical Asset, a Key Opportunity

A college campus

In this Report:

  • Allocating Campus Space Strategically
  • Creating a Housing Master Plan
  • Taking a Proactive Approach to Energy Savings and Deferred Maintenance
  • Funding Facilities and Facilities Improvements in the Current Market

Improvement and stewardship of the physical campus is key to your institution’s competitiveness. Given deferred maintenance backlogs and changes in student expectations for the campus, it is critical to treat your physical campus as a resource, and manage it effectively and efficiently.

With more intentional management of your facilities, you can:

  • Positively impact college choice (for students and faculty)
  • Foster learning
  • Foster a sense of community and pride in the campus
  • Better manage maintenance and renewal costs
  • Ensure energy savings and a reduced environmental footprint

Yet too often, institutions make ad hoc and reactive decisions around space allocation; renewal, replacement, and construction of student housing; and deferral of maintenance needs. And just as often, critical decisions are made without all of the key voices at the table — from academic leaders to the registrar, student housing, and facilities management.

For this issue, we’ve interviewed officials from across the college campus who have shown proven success in fostering cross-campus planning and buy-in around investments in physical facilities. These experts from the trenches bring outside-the-box thinking and a strategic, proactive perspective. We hope their advice will be useful to you.

Read the report.