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Strategic Planning Committee

Guidelines & Vision-Based Long Range Priorities for Facilities Planning Committee


The Facilities Planning Committee is charged with developing a process and a plan that:

  • Support the strategic direction of the campus.
  • Allow achievement of annual operating needs.
  • Include the capacity to react to unforeseen opportunities for improvement.
  • Ensure facilities that are consistent with the Shared Vision and Mission of IU Northwest.
  • Establish plans for campus expansion and reconfiguration in collaborative and cooperative ways with the neighboring community.

Identified at Strategic Planning Retreat, 11/04

General Principles

(Revised June 7, 2005)

In making facilities recommendations, the Facilities Planning Committee will ensure that:

  1. Decisions promote the unique identity of IU Northwest as
    • A campus of IU, and
    • An institution known for excellence in cultural discovery and learning and sustainable regional vitality.
  1. Decisions produce an environment conducive to learning for diverse groups and learning styles and conducive to the pursuit of scholarship, discovery, creativity and service.
  2. Decisions are consistent with the campus’ “Student Centered Principles.”
  3. Decisions promote well-being through an environment that ensures the safety and security of all who come to campus.
  4. Decisions promote the real and perceived accessibility of the campus to the community we serve.
  5. Decisions promote an attractive and convenient environment that is engaging to students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community at large.
  6. Decisions are consistent with our goal of providing an environment that is esthetically pleasing.
  7. Decisions are environmentally responsible to the extent feasible for the university.
  8. Decisions address sustainability issues.
  9. Current and future design, space and infrastructure recommendations provide for flexibility in terms of immediate and longer-term use.
  10. Facilities are reallocated appropriately as program prioritization determines programmatic change.
  11. Decisions ensure that there is an appropriate mix of space for intimate gatherings and larger activities.

Identified at Strategic Planning Retreat, 11/04

Vision-Based Long-Range Facilities Required

High Priority
  • Discipline-specific student and faculty scholarship and applied excellence space (trading floor, clinics, studio space, practice rooms, radio/recording space, etc.).
  • Health and human services facilities to support wellness and health issues of the campus and community.
  • Aesthetically significant facility to house interdisciplinary and multidimensional activities and projects within our areas of excellence, cultural discovery and learning and sustainable regional vitality.
  • Small study group areas throughout the campus with wireless access as well as data ports.
  • Faculty/staff lounge that can be used for meals and conversation as well as community purposes (Glen Park Conversations, etc.).

Medium Priority

  • Physical entryway (at 33 rd and Broadway) that uniquely identifies IU Northwest and draws the community into the institution.
  • Comfortable furniture for a diversity of sizes and shapes.
  • The design, location, proximity and scale of signage that optimizes our unique identity, IU Northwest, cultural discovery and learning, and sustainable regional vitality.

Low Priority

  • An exterior quad.

Identified at Strategic Planning Facilities Meeting, 6/7/05