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Introduction

The Land Use Plan, Campus Framework, and Open Space Plan will govern the general placement and development of buildings, athletic and recreation fields, parking facilities, utility systems, and landscape features for decades to come.   However, identification of the nature and size of specific proposed buildings and facilities requires an in-depth review of programmatic objectives and space deficiencies.  Establishing the sequencing and timeline for each proposed project requires evaluation of current need and forecasting prospective demands on existing facilities.  The resultant Implementation Plan provides a planning tool which outlines specific steps that thoughtfully and appropriately respond to anticipated student growth and increased research activities.

The challenge is to establish an appropriate set of assumptions to drive space needs and inform the Implementation Plan. While many growth scenarios are possible, the University has selected one particular scenario for the purposes of this Facilities Master Plan Update.  As the future unfolds, other scenarios are likely to emerge and the University will be prepared to modify this plan to proactively address these new realities.

 

Enrollment Projections

This Facilities Master Plan Update outlines a strategy for future campus development in response to one possible scenario of projected student growth.   Many factors can contribute to projections of student growth including the economy, historic trends, regional influences, demographic studies, and the campus’ mission and strategic plans.  While many growth scenarios are viable, the University has selected for the purposes of this update one in which the undergraduate and graduate student population is projected to equally grow approximately 10% per year for the next five years and then remain steady for the subsequent five years.  Based upon this particular growth scenario, the cumulative enrollment projection would be 10.4% over the next decade.  The following table illustrates the impact of this one scenario of projected growth in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE) students, headcount, and credit hours.