Strategic Plans

Successful Planning of Interdisciplinary Science Facilities

Think Big Picture Early On; Bricks-and-Mortar Decisions Can Wait

Published 4-27-2016

At the inception of a new interdisciplinary science building, bricks-and-mortar considerations must take a back seat to a big-picture view of issues related to organization, funding, governance, and the long-range vision of the institution. The resolution of these issues early on leads to projects that are more successful—not necessarily in terms of cost savings, but in the essential criterion of aligning a new facility with specific academic strengths and the broader institutional mission.

Developing a Five-Year Strategic Plan for Accelerated Growth

Purdue Rapidly Expands College of Engineering to Meet National Goals

Published 3-16-2016

In order to increase capacity, improve student/faculty ratios, and boost space utilization by 150 percent, Purdue University’s College of Engineering developed a five-year strategic plan for increasing efficiency and space on the College’s main campus. The plan—which was driven by the need to meet the goal of a 30 percent growth in engineering faculty and staff, along with growth of graduate and undergraduate students—combines a mix of strategies including renovation, portfolio rebalancing, and new construction.

The "New Rutgers": A Troika of Facilities, Finance, and Research

Newly Empowered Facilities Group Is Strategic Partner in Largest Higher Ed Restructuring in U.S. History

Published 12-16-2015

In the largest higher education restructuring in the nation’s history, the facilities group at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was elevated to a leadership role, taking its place alongside the offices of finance and research as part of an administrative troika whose heads now report directly to the president. The strategic alignment among these three functions was instrumental in allowing Rutgers to meet a legislative mandate that saw the university grow to 27 million sf in 1,009 buildings with a $3.7 billion operating budget and five different campuses in less than a year.