On this campus, the Keck/PKAL consultants recognized that the community had moved too quickly to consider new facilities. They recommended a significant ‘step-back’ from thinking about spaces and suggested that a first step in the process of successful facilities planning was to have a broad consensus on goals.
Frank G. Rothman For campus leaders, providing appropriate facilities for science* education represents both a major challenge and a major opportunity. Typically, a new building should last for 30 years; it must therefore provide facilities for the science of the future, which cannot fully be anticipated.
The process of reaching a campus consensus on the shape of programs and/or spaces for the future of undergraduate STEM programs in itself can create a healthy community, one that is informed about, sympathetic with, and supportive of, a strong science program.
Community is the spirited enactment of the conviction that ideas are important, and that they gain life when people bring different perspectives to their consideration. Communities embrace a common vision, yet allow— even promote— difficult dialogues. This is the challenge to leaders, within the faculty and the administration, as your planning proceeds.