Guided by the priorities and goals of MPact 2025, the University’s first Systemwide Strategic Plan, and previous planning efforts, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus has commenced a campus plan update process that will assist the University in physically translating its academic mission and strategic vision through a data-driven approach. The campus plan update will be a flexible guide for future development, focusing on the university's needs over the next 10 years, and envisioning how the campus should feel and function. This website will keep you updated on what's happening with the campus plan update, and how you can get involved!
The campus plan update process is organized into four phases.
The campus plan update team will engage the University of Minnesota Twin Cities community during the first two phases to gather feedback on the existing campus and on the proposed plan. Stay tuned for more details!
Click on each theme (i) for the description of each trend or theme and select up to three as your priority areas.
Place-based higher education provides opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to develop their social, cultural and entrepreneurial skills. In a more diverse world, how will University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus adapt its campus environments to foster meaningful, engaging and inclusive experiences, especially in the post pandemic world?
Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
The online experiment of 2020 may lead to new types of learning and service platforms enabled by technical advances. Will virtual approaches combined with place-based activities offer opportunities to rethink academic support, advising and counseling services? What types of new services are needed as a result of Covid-19?
As more course delivery occurs online or in hybrid formats, investment will be required for both virtual and place-based experiences. How will technology and new delivery techniques inform the design of future learning environments? How will this change utilization patterns and the type of spaces required at University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus?
The affordability of higher education is a concern for many students and their families, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Would utilization of the campus year-round decrease the demand for more facilities and enable students to graduate in less time at University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus? Would this limit the need to construct more STEM facilities?
The Year Round Campus
The potential for blended campuses, online programs and remote working may change the quantity and types of spaces needed. What efficiencies are possible? How can existing space be utilized better to address emerging patterns of use and needs at University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus? How can more efficient use reduce costs and provide for flexibility and adaptability? How will central scheduling software need to be updated for hybrid courses and periodic room needs?
Offices can account for up to 1/3 of all space on a campus resulting in significant operational, maintenance and energy costs. As Covid-19 has shown, some portion of the campus population can work remotely. Looking ahead, how might University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus rationalize office space for faculty and staff in ways that reduce the overall need for space and the associated costs? What type of new work and collaboration environments will be needed if traditional offices environments are no longer needed?
New ways of learning and working could decrease the amount of space required or change the patterns of use. How might such changes assist University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus in managing energy consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emissions? What are the potential outcomes for the MEP systems? How might the focus on indoor air quality change expectations in campus buildings? What are the energy and emissions considerations?
Innovation in transportation technology and systems may transform mobility patterns over the next decade. How will online learning, combined with remote working, change campus mobility patterns and reduce the need for transit and parking at University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus? How will new mobility technology change the campus?
How can University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus plan for better utilization of existing real estate assets? Can space be repurposed? Can University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus get out of leased space? What role will P3 play in delivering future projects?
The move to online learning, meetings, presentations and services in 2020 has revealed the opportunities as well as the limitations of available online delivery and engagement techniques. Will this experience push higher education in a new blended direction, combining online and hybrid learning with carefully designed campus experiences? Will it provide opportunities for promoting social engagement in new ways at University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus?
The “Blended” Campus
The campus plan update team will engage the University of Minnesota Twin Cities community to gather feedback on the existing campus and on the proposed plan. We have put together a few of the results below. Each question shows the top 4 responses. Click to see additional responses.
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