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, which has recently undergone extensive rennovations. 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 provide for security of student files. The Building also provides a materials preparation/mail room space.
On the main campus, 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. TU 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, TU contracts for managed hosting for Blackboard Learn, which is integrated with CAMS. 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. TU 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.
The TU Library houses over 34,000 holdings (print and media) in approximately 13,000 square feet of space. The library is open 60 hours a week and has reference, children’s literature, career, media, and general research collections available to patrons. There is online access to over 150 databases and nearly 300 journals from anywhere with computer access. Two computer labs with 24 computers are available for student use.
TU opened a new 16,000 square foot Academic Building in Fall semester 2013 with the completion of a 5 million dollar capital campaign. The building includes a 100-seat lecture hall, four additional classrooms, faculty offices and meeting spaces, all with state-of-the-art technology.
TU 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. The gymnasium renovation and athletic offices were completed and opened in Fall semester 2014. The final phase of 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 P-12 students.
Offsite campus locations are initially negotiated by our partner, KTA, using the same guidelines we would use for our on-campus classes (i.e., full technology capabilities with a teaching computer with internet and LCD projector, smartboard technology, wireless capacity, comfortable tables and chairs). Satellite campuses are located at PK-12 school locations. Each site has a contact person for making classrooms available, providing instructional technology support, and securing building/classroom safety.