New professional schools will be established only to enhance existing disciplinary advantages and expertise.
Any impact of distance education on facilities is expected to be negligible for the foreseeable future.
University housing policy will continue to require freshmen and sophomores to live on campus. Approximately 6,000 students will be housed in on-campus facilities that are augmented with new housing provided through a public/private partnership.
The number of parking spaces available on campus will increase slightly. Parking lots and/or garages will be located on the perimeter of campus.
In the future, technology will play an ever-increasing role in instruction, research, public service, and administration, and in the way that students, faculty, staff, alumni, annuitants, and others interact with one another.
University enrollment will remain steady at approximately 20,000 to 21,000 students.
The composition of undergraduate and graduate students will remain steady, with undergraduates representing more than 85 percent of total enrollment.
The student-to-faculty ratio will remain no more than 19:1.
Of the total number of classes offered:
The number with 50 or more students is expected to be below 15 percent (was 12 percent in fall of 2008); and
The number with fewer than 20 students will remain approximately 30 percent (was 32 percent in fall of 2008).
Enrollment in the Laboratory Schools, which are an integral part of the College of Education and the University, will remain at the current level.
Building Use and Renovation
Buildings surrounding the Historic Quad should house academic functions.
The University will preserve, enhance, and modernize its existing facilities rather than opt for new construction whenever it is feasible and cost effective to do so.
Planning related to any major facility changes for Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium facilities should be done in concert with renovations/construction of Milner Library.
State funding for capital improvements will not be available to meet all of the University’s facilities needs. More than ever before the University will need to secure private funds, look for partnerships, and identify other revenue streams to fund capital improvements to academic and administrative facilities.
Research and Creative Activities
While the University will remain a predominately undergraduate institution, the scale and scope of research and creative activities are expected to increase in the future.
The University currently has approximately 3,500 faculty and staff. Increasing the scale and scope of research will require an increase in the number of regular faculty and research personnel, based upon external research funding.
No changes are anticipated in the number or type of sports, or the division in which the University Intercollegiate Athletics competes.