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Academic Success District Initiative

Charge

Space is a central and limited resource of the university. It is critical to fully and effectively utilize campus space in a manner that advances institutional objectives for student success and faculty excellence. Through the Academic Success District Initiative – Phase 1, the university will relocate several key offices that support the academic experience to paseo-level spaces to enhance their visibility and navigability and to promote collaborative learning environments for students and faculty. Phase 2 involves the upgrade of highly utilized classrooms to support innovative pedagogical practices, including flexible hybrid modalities, cooperative and experiential learning, or “flipped” environments, as well as “hyflex” technology improvements that enable simultaneous online and face-to-face learning.

View the Initiative Brief


Components

  • Development of front door environments for the division of Academic Innovation and academic support programs of the Tomás Rivera Center on the second floor of the Multidisciplinary Studies Building
  • Relocation of TRC’s Supplemental Instruction will move from the fourth to the second floor of the John Peace Library
  • Relocation of the First-Gen and Transfer Student Center to the second floor of the McKinney Humanities Building
  • Relocation of the College of Sciences Student Success Center and the Center for Research and Training in the Sciences (CRTS) to the second floor of the Flawn Sciences Building to space vacated by Life and Health Sciences Advising
  • Consolidation of Math Tutoring in a space on the third floor of the Flawn Sciences Building
  • Existing spaces for Honors College, Writing Core Program and ROTC programs in the Graduate Studies and Research Building
  • Transformation of two university classrooms in the Business Building into collaborative learning spaces with hyflex instructional technology.
  • Development of two outdoor classrooms adjacent to the Flawn Sciences Building to support “in vivo” learning
  • Development of three informal learning and collaboration gathering spaces adjacent to the John Pierce Library and Student Union.

Timeline

August 2021
  • Estimated completion by August 2021

Leads

Kimberly Andrews Espy
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Joshua Gerken
Senior Director of Space Management