March 30, 2016
A number of new learning spaces will be available in fall 2016.
The Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building on the north side of campus will house fifteen classrooms, studios, and lab spaces. Opening in fall 2016, the building will provide ten learning spaces that replace existing classrooms and studios, and add five additional classrooms to the University’s inventory.
A renovation of six classrooms in Alameda Hall, the former Fine Arts Building, will be undertaken this summer. Among the new classrooms will be a “SCALE-UP” classroom for up to 60 students. SCALE-UP, or “Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs” classrooms are designed for active and collaborative pedagogies, with multiple whiteboards and technologies throughout the room allowing students to project their own work. The Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation will be offering workshops this spring and fall focused on teaching and learning in the SCALE-UP learning space.
The two classrooms in Kennedy Commons will no longer be available after spring 2016. Developed as a learning laboratory to test sustainable building components and measure their performance over time, Kennedy Commons has informed the planning process as sustainable and cost-effective strategies have been incorporated into new construction across campus.
The expansions and upgrades of classroom spaces for fall 2016 are part of larger initiatives designed to improve and increase classroom space across campus. Guadalupe Hall, completed in fall 2015, provided 14 classrooms for graduate education, relieving classroom pressure on the main campus. In winter 2018, the University plans to open the new Charney Hall of Law building, releasing additional classroom and office space in Bannan Hall. New residence halls will also include classrooms in their design. STEM faculty and staff have been working toward program validation through a series of meetings and workshops.