6d. Unit facilities
6d.1. Describe the adequacy of the facilities that will be used to support teaching and learning. (How adequate are unit--classrooms, faculty offices, library/media center, the technology infrastructure, and school facilities--to support teaching and learning?) Describe facilities on the main campus as well as the facilities at off-campus sites if they exist.
The Division of Education full-time and adjunct faculty offices and many of its classes are housed in the education building. Each full-time faculty member has a private office with a desk, chairs, file cabinets, shelving, phone, and computer. An office is also provided for use by adjunct faculty. The Administrative Assistant to the Division of Education has an office adjacent to the chair’s. This office, as well as a locked storage closet, provides for security of student files. The building also provides a materials preparation/mail room space.
Most education courses meet in the two education building classrooms; others are assigned depending on the nature of the course to another primary classroom, science laboratory or computer classroom, which are located in the campus’ primary academic building and the library, respectively, which are nearby. All classrooms have full technology capabilities with a teaching computer with internet and LCD projector. The two classrooms in the education building are equipped with smartboard technology and computer stations. A bank of laptops is also available for extending computer access. All classrooms provide conference-table style or adult desks and are of adequate size for program enrollment numbers. All facilities are ADA-compliant.
The university has invested substantially in recent years to upgrade its technology infrastructure. T.U. uses Three Rivers/CAMS, a fully-integrated internet-based software system for its student records system which enables online registration; student portal access to financial aid, billing, unofficial transcripts, and course Blackboard shells; faculty portal access to advisees’ student records and to automated grade reporting. CAMS also enables up-to-date institutional reporting. In addition, T.U. contracts for managed hosting for Blackboard Learn v 9.0, which is integrated with CAMS. An upgrade to v 9.1 is scheduled this spring. We license Collaborate for web-conferencing for instructional use, academic support services, and to facilitate meetings. Division chairs, faculty, and students have access to computers and essential software through the Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Pro, and other licenses. T.U. also has a Mac Lab housed in the Library for faculty and student use, especially for creating podcasts and film production. Wireless internet is available in primary buildings across campus.
T.U. will begin building a new 16,000 square foot academic building by January 2012 with the completion of a 5 million dollar capital campaign. The new building will include a 100-seat lecture hall, two larger classrooms, faculty offices and meeting spaces, all with state-of-the-art technology.
T.U. has also recently purchased a 34-acre property one mile from our current land-locked campus. This former school site contains an existing 32,000 square foot multipurpose building and gymnasium. Renovations on both facilities have begun so that they can be used by Fall semester 2011. The multipurpose building will include space for Math, Science, and Arts Innovation for enabling hands-on interdisciplinary learning for teacher candidates, teachers in the region, and PK-12 students.