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If a president asks you, 'How much campus do I really need now, in five years, ten, fifteen?

Assuming this— "In an era when all the growth in higher education seems to be online, long-term planners must balance demographic projections and other trends they’ve always used against the new and widespread uncertainty about how big swathes of undergraduates will be educated in the decades to come."

Given that— What do presidents need to better understand about planning for the future of the physical campus? This is not just an interesting question, your thoughts will contribute to a multi-level, crowd-sourced resource that will get into the hands of college and university presidents. Some specific, but not limiting questions:

  1. Who needs massive new classroom buildings and dorms if the future of education will be mostly digital?
  2. On the other hand, how do you avoid under-building?
  3. How do you plan for the future if you don’t know what it looks like?
  4. What are the most important factors are in deciding how many and what type of physical facilities a campus really needs and can reasonably expect to need in the decades to come?
  5. What must college and university leaders consider when updating a campus Master Plan?
  6. How to get to facilities (including research spaces) being more flexible in accommodating a multitude of different classroom applications (e.g., labs, lectures, etc.)?
  7. How to factor in the future likelihood of widespread hybrid/online-only classes on space?
  8. What are some examples of campus’ facilities plans that have taken at least some of the above factors into account?

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