SCUP 2015 Pacific Symposium:
Access to Higher Education: The Branch Campus and Other Models for Expanding College and University Reach
October 23, 2015 | University of Washington–Tacoma
We are in a climate where the value of a higher degree faces growing scrutiny as institutional resources are increasingly constrained. At the same time, economic and social gaps appear to be widening as access to higher education becomes increasingly difficult to achieve.
The American belief in higher education as a pathway to a better life is a key driver of the desire to expand institutional reach.
This one-day conference will examine the successes and challenges of college and university branch campuses as they strive for increased student access and reach. We will discuss the role and value of branch campuses along with other strategies used to increase reach and identity.
With the University of Washington Tacoma story as the backdrop, we will explore the inception of the campus as a new branch of the University of Washington, along with the UW Bothell, and study its history and evolution over the last 20+ years. We will also showcase other examples of expanded institution reach: Washington State University’s multiple campuses and ongoing growth; changes at soon-to-be 10-campus Salt Lake Community College; international campuses; and MOOCs.
The final panel discussion session will address the many challenges and opportunities of branch campuses, particularly from a physical planning point of view.
Understand the value and purpose of increased access through institution branch campuses and other modes of institution outreach.
Consider the broader institution’s mission and vision, as well as the mission and vision of the branch campus itself, as drivers in physical planning.
Identify specific implications to physical planning for such campuses, from the master plan level to the design of spaces.
Identify varying approaches, successes, and challenges posed by branch campus planning.
Continuing Education Credits (for the day):
AIA LU 5.0 units (SCUPP15M101)