Building the Campus of Tomorrow

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Grant Thornton's State of Higher Education 2017 - Campus of tomorrowThe word “campus” conjures up a fairly consistent image. It’s a set of charming, well-appointed buildings clustered around a lush green park of trees and grass. It’s where faculty teach and hold office hours, committees meet, and students live and attend classes.

The future will force us to change that mental image. Traditional campuses will still be with us, but there will be far fewer of them. One reason is that colleges not able to make the necessary changes will have closed, but the primary reason will be a redefinition of what the “business of higher education” is all about (see Transforming Business Models in Response to Market Shifts).  

Higher education is not immune to the digital revolution or the evolution of just about every service activity in our economy. Colleges and universities have responded by becoming more multidimensional, with a greater variety of teaching styles and content, incorporation of learning technologies including virtual courses and libraries as “virtual intermediaries,” and use of data analytics for administrative operations and services. But while considerable attention has been given to how pedagogy and management is changing, little attention has been paid to how physical dimensions will transform. Innovations in physical space must be made to accommodate demands for accessibility, flexibility and affordability. Changes in infrastructure are being driven by five trends; read about the trends — and considerations in master planning — in the full article.

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