Strategic Directions

Drop Shadow

Renovate General Use Classrooms

Objective

Develop a comprehensive long-term planning process, guided by the Campus Master Plan, for strategically renovating classrooms based on needs assessments using pedagogy-driven design standards focused on teaching and learning. "Classroom crawls" will serve as an integral part of the information-gathering process, with supporting recommendations from faculty, students, deans, Facilities Management, the Space Committee, University Design, the Classroom Innovation Committee, and Information Technology Services. This initiative builds upon the WASC reaccreditation theme, "Creating and Sustaining Innovative Learning Spaces."

Classroom Task Force

The Classroom Renovation Task Force, chaired by the Executive Vice President and Provost, uses feedback from classroom crawls and representative stakeholders to prioritize classrooms for summer renovation.

Progress
Spring 2010: WASC team members developed the "classroom crawl" to create an on-site opportunity for collaborative dialogue between faculty and representatives of campus offices involved in classroom design and maintenance.
Summer 2010: Seven rooms targeted for information technology upgrades also received physical improvements requested during the crawls: Maher Hall 207, 222, 226; Serra Hall 102, 128, 214A, 315. Smaller computer consoles replaced large ones, and document cameras replaced overhead projectors. Physical improvements included wall-to-wall whiteboards, zoned lighting, and ceiling data projectors and screens moved off center.
Spring 2011: Based upon the results of several classroom crawls, the Classroom Task Force targeted six classrooms for comprehensive renovation during Summer 2011: Camino Hall 101, 109, 111, 115, 117, and 119. WASC team members surveyed students and faculty in these classrooms to evaluate them as spaces for teaching and learning.
Summer 2011: Camino Hall 101 was divided to create two seminar rooms (101A and 101B), and five classrooms (109, 111, 115, 117, 119) were demolished and reconstructed with comprehensive improvements in physical features and information technology. These classrooms received the renovations implemented in Summer 2010, plus ceiling fans to improve air circulation, extra insulation between rooms to reduce noise, and new styles of classroom chairs selected by faculty and students.
Fall 2011: WASC team members administered a post-renovation survey to students and faculty with classes in the renovated rooms. Survey results indicated that both students and faculty thought the renovations had improved the classrooms considerably. Team members recommended making similar improvements in additional classrooms.
Timeline
Spring 2012: The Classroom Task Force has targeted nine classrooms for renovation: four in Camino Hall (102, 110, 112, 114) and five in Maher Hall (205, 207, 222, 224, 226).
Spring 2012: During the classroom crawls, faculty have expressed interest in creating "active learning" classrooms that can accommodate multiple instructional methods. Such rooms have flexible layouts, mobile furniture and whiteboards, and supportive technology. Serra 204 and Hahn School of Nursing 103 have been identified as potential conversion sites.
Summer 2012: Renovations begun in Maher classrooms during Summer 2010 will be completed in 2012, and the same types of renovations made in Camino Hall during Summer 2011 will be made in four more classrooms. Serra 204 and Hahn School of Nursing 103 will be converted to active learning classrooms. Major upgrades in layout, technology, and furniture will be made in Warren Hall 303, the Grace Courtroom.
Measurable Indicators
Number of classrooms renovated.
Pre- and post-renovation assessments.