The Master Plan Team has worked in collaboration with stakeholders of the College and community to develop the goals and principles outlined in the plan. This has been the result of a rigorous process that has included:
- A master plan website. Created to both inform constituents and provide a venue for questions for those who want to participate in the process. Visitors to the site have an opportunity to learn more about the plan, view presentations, provide feedback and complete a survey with questions pertaining to the plan.
- A facility assessment. Every building on the core campus was reviewed and assessed, providing an overview of the physical conditions of the buildings but also assessing the available building area that the current campus facilities provide. The information has been used to evaluate campus capacities and area per student ratios that can be compared to peer institutions.
- Meetings with representatives of the College. The planning team met with each Dean, program chairs, department heads, and additional staff and faculty throughout the process in order to understand and assess each department, their current needs, and their plans for future growth.
- Meetings with neighbors and community members. As this plan intends for the College to grow into the greater Sugar House community, it was vital to engage in discussions with neighbors, community leaders, and business owners from the early stages of the process. A series of community meetings were held throughout the process.
- A survey. Students, faculty, staff, neighbors and community members were surveyed to gain a sense of the transportation patterns and impact of the College's constituents and to gauge satisfaction with existing transit options and access to the core campus. In addition, the survey included a variety of questions to assess the perception of the extended campus concept. The community survey included questions about the challenges and opportunities that come with living near an institution of higher learning. It addressed the community perception of the extended campus concept, and gauged the impact of automobile traffic and parking on the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Workshops and meetings. Workshops, meetings and open forums with the steering committee have occurred throughout the process. In fact, by the time the plan is adopted, we anticipate 12 open forums, 18 presentations, and more than 200 hours of meetings and workshops. Each of these sessions were replete with lively discussion, and informed the goals and objectives of this plan.
- Information analysis and document creation. After the information gathering as set forth above, the master plan team analyzed the information collected, leading to the final information and recommendations contained within the plan.
We anticipate that this plan will be presented to the Westminster College Board of Trustees to approve in November, 2010.