Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

November 24: Investing in faculty, programs, and facilities

Careful campus planning links the relationship between investing in faculty, curricular and co-curricular programs, and facilities. The essays in this posting address strategic planning as an organizational tool to ensure capital investments are made wisely, consonant with institutional priorities for the future. They describe:

  • the need to invest in faculty at all career stages, so they remain current in their field; are able to translate their research interests into learning experiences for their students; are at ease with emerging technologies and pedagogies; can connect to other disciplines within and beyond STEM fields; and are conversant with research on how students learn. The essay from PKAL, Investing in faculty: Ways and means, describes how "supporting costs incurred in building a strong faculty (individually and collectively exemplars of the scholarly tradition) should be a part of a larger institutional budgeting and investing strategy."

  • the integrated planning approach- linking academic planning, campus planning and budgetary planning- in ways that reflect the institutional mission and vision, again using the budget as a planning tool. The essay by Arthur Lidsky outlines steps to give the same kind of attention to the capital investment of land and buildings, as is made to the endowment.

  • another essay, by Richard Green, describes the process of budgeting for STEM facilities from articulating the institutional and departmental missions through the phases of programming, design development and bid/award.

It is PKAL's conviction that, increasingly, the strength and character of undergraduate programs in mathematics and the various fields of science will be recognized as primary indicators of the quality of a college or university. Making requisite capital investments in faculty and facilities are essential steps to achieving institutional distinction.

Essays, Stories & Reports:

  • What works - A PKAL essay
    Investing in faculty: Ways and means
    - From 2001 Report on Project Kaleidoscope
    In the process of setting forth an institutional vision, primary attention must be given to the character and quality of the faculty. A clear understanding of the why and the how of investing in faculty must be an integral part of the strategic planning process.

  • What works - A PKAL worksheet
    Worksheet to determine the cost of investments to sustain quality faculty
    From 2001 Report on Project Kaleidoscope
    PKAL developed a worksheet for faculty and administrators to assess the actual cost of faculty development activities.

  • What works - A PKAL worksheet
    Worksheet to chart expectations, timing and impact of investing in faculty
    From 2001 Report on Project Kaleidoscope
    PKAL developed a worksheet for administrators to determine the responsibilities of faculty and the support expected by faculty at different career stages.

  • Budgeting: STEM facilities in an integrated planning context
    - Arthur J. Lidsky, President, Dober, Lidsky, Craig and Associates, Inc.
    Many institutions segregate their planning into three spheres: budgetary, academic, and campus and facility planning. Arthur Lidsky explains that it is necessary to integrate these three plans and communicate ideas and vision with all those involved with the project. Including two exhibits outlining revenues and expenses of the institution and the costs of a project, this essay guides STEM facility planners towards a collaborative and comprehensive new facility plan.

  • The architect's perspective: Budgeting and financing for STEM facilities
    - Richard Green, FAIA
    From the architect's perspective, Richard Green offers advice on planning a STEM facility. He emphasizes the importance of communication among the institution members, architect, and construction manager or contractor. By understanding hard, soft and long-term operating costs, facility planners can be active and knowledgeable participants in the planning and construction process.