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2.11.2 Physical Resources

The institution has adequate physical resources to support the mission of the institution and the scope of its programs and services.

Responsible Unit: Division of Business and Finance

Compliance Judgment

Compliance

Narrative

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (A&T) has adequate physical resources to support the mission of A&T as well as the scope of its programs and services. The Office of Facilities is responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of all A&T facilities. The organizational structure emphasizes capital improvement, infrastructure, maintenance/repair/operation of campus buildings, and the provision of facility services to the entire campus community. All facilities employees are encouraged to obtain professional credentials or licensing where appropriate. Facilities works effectively and efficiently to provide an environment that supports the teaching, research, and service responsibilities of the university as defined in the A&T mission statement. The university is preparing for future needs and expansion.

As discussed in the response to Principle 2.5, Institutional Effectiveness, A&T has recently undergone a rigorous, inclusive strategic planning process, which envisions significant expansion in faculty and students. As a first step towards implementing the plan, the Office of Facilities, in concert with the chancellor and the chancellor's executive cabinet, has developed a prioritized listing of capital projects to meet the current and future needs of the university. The prioritized list of projects has been incorporated into the Campus Master Plan. [24] The FUTURES Strategic Plan [5] identifies the resources needed to fulfill the plan and details various funding sources such as growth in student enrollment, fundraising, and University of North Carolina-General Administration (UNC-GA) appropriations (see SACS 3.11.1 Control of Physical Resources).

The Campus: The A&T campus, located in Greensboro, NC, (Guilford County), consists of approximately 771 acres; approximately 220 acres are on the main campus and 551 acres are located on the University Farm. The university utilizes 116 facilities consisting of over 3.2 million gross square feet (gsf) in support of daily operations. [1] The campus includes eighty-one state-owned buildings (1,945,177 gsf), twenty-two auxiliary facilities (990,302 gsf), four third-party-operated and maintained buildings (253,915 gsf), and nine leased facilities (72,017 gsf). A further delineation of the 116 buildings reflect thirty-six academic facilities (1,612,132 gsf), fifteen residence halls (825,598 gsf), twenty-nine support/administration facilities (620,874 gsf), twenty-nine farm/research facilities (107,037 gsf), two athletic facilities (21,743 gsf), four warehouse facilities (38,400 gsf) and a chancellor's residence. [2]

A campus map showing the layout of the campus is included in the Master Plan. [3]

Campus Master Plan: The Campus Master Plan [24] was developed to facilitate planning for the future growth of the university in alignment with strategic planning. The Master Plan is reviewed on a biannual basis to determine the necessity for updating the document. A plan update is considered if changes to the Campus Strategic Plan (FUTURES) [5] are significant, or when implementation of the Campus Strategic Plan or the Proposed Capital Projects [11] [12] have been approved by the Board of Trustees. A&T submits its Implementation Strategic Plan strategies [8] and proposed Capital Improvement Projects [10] [11] [12] to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (BOG) for approval.

The A&T Campus Master Plan [4] is based on the 1995 Campus Master Plan and 2001 Campus Master Plan Update. The 2007 Campus Master Plan is available electronically and in hard copy. The two previous plans are available in the Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities. Input into the development of the plan comes from a broad and diverse representation of the university's administrators, faculty, staff, and students. [4] The 2007 Campus Master Plan [4] along with the University's Strategic Plan (FUTURES) [5], the North Carolina A&T State University's (UNC) Tomorrow Response Plan [8] and ten-year enrollment plan [6] provides the architecture to achieve the goals and objectives over the next ten years.

A&T submits, as a part of its formal facilities planning, its Appropriate Capital Improvements Plan, Repair and Renovation Appropriated Funding Plan and Non-Appropriated Capital Improvements Plan biannually to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors [7]. The Six-Year Capital Improvements Plan lists and describes all potential projects [10] [11] [12] as approved by university administrators and North Carolina A&T's Board of trustees. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors reviews the plan to ensure it complies with the Master Plan, Strategic Plan [5], North Carolina A&T State University (UNC) Tomorrow Plan [8], and North Carolina A&T's Ten-Year Enrollment Plan [6]. Funding requests must comply with the University of North Carolina Guidelines and Policies [7], The Office of State Construction Cost Estimate (OC-25) [10], North Carolina General Statues G.S. 143C-4-3(b) [9]. A&T adheres to all these rules and regulations in the development of its facilities planning efforts.

Space Inventory: Because of the high costs involved in constructing and maintaining buildings, the efficient use of campus facilities is a growing concern to most colleges and universities. This concern is an indication of the recognition of the importance of long and short range facilities planning. The effective utilization of space is essential if an institution of higher education is to maximize its resources and accomplish its mission. North Carolina A&T State University recognizes the importance of long and short range facilities planning, and the need for effective allocation and utilization of space on campus.

Based on recent and current construction projects, by the end of 2010 this institution will have an additional 246,175 gross square feet added to its inventory of classrooms and related offices to support its programs and services. [13] [14] [15] Table 26 shows that in the fall of 2007 NCA&T had a total accessible area of 1,861,711 square feet, which includes classrooms, laboratories, offices, study rooms, residential and other facilities. [16]

The recently built New Science Building has provided 74,100 gross square feet of additional teaching space-classrooms and classroom laboratories to the campus inventory. [13] In 2008, the campus opened a New School of Education building, this 57,150 gross square feet building will help the School of Education to continue its mission of producing and certifying teachers. The New Fitness and Wellness Center opened in 2008. The services offered by this 26,925 gross square feet facility has allowed students, faculty and staff to stay healthy while pursuing their goals and duties. [14] Fall 2009, the New General Academic Classroom Building broke ground and is under construction. Located adjacent to the New School of Education building and right in the heart of campus, the new facility will provide roughly 88,000 gross square feet of support space and will serve the entire campus. [15] The new multi-disciplinary building will help reduce the ever-growing need for instructional, laboratory, and office space for three departments, including University Studies, The Honors Program and The International Programs offices.

Utilization:Annually a facilities inventory and utilization study on the status of space usage at North Carolina institutions of higher education is published. The study is published by UNC General Administration's Space Utilization and Analysis which is a division of Institutional Research and Analysis. In general, this publication is intended as an important analytical tool for use in facilities planning. It gives indications of the management and uses being made of the space and enable institutions to make their own assessments of their facilities utilization. [17]

Tables in the Fall 2007, facilities inventory and utilization study give an indication of the utilization of instructional space here at North Carolina A&T State University compared to other North Carolina institutions of higher education. Table 1 of the fall 2007 study shows that NCA&T had 712,278 Assignable Square Feet (ASF) of instructional and library space on campus and 129,290 total student clock hours based upon on-campus courses. [18] Table 2 shows an ASF of 1,341,875, for academic facilities and notes that agricultural programs at NC A&T require a significant amount of academic space. [19] Table 3 shows the Average Weekly Room Hours of Instruction in Classrooms, the total room hours of use was 3,867, with a daily average of 23.8, which is down from previous years. [20] Table 5 shows the Average Weekly Use of Student Stations in Classrooms, shows the total room hours of use was 6,477, with a daily average of 14.7. [21] Table 7 shows the Percent Student Station Utilization, Classrooms and Class Laboratories, was 58.1% for classrooms and 64.2 % for laboratories in 2007. [22] Table 8 Student Clock Hours of Instruction, shows a total of 95,181 hours for classroom and 15,733 student clock hours of instruction for laboratory use on campus. [23] The above tables provide only a "snapshot" of the utilization of instructional space during the fall but does not take into account any instructional activity that occurred during the spring semester.

Supporting Documents

[1] Physical Resources, Facilities by Function

[2] Physical Resources, Facilities by Location

[3] Physical Resources, Campus Map

[4] Physical Resources, Campus Master Plan Update 2007 - "Building Connections Education and Pride

[5] FUTURES Report - "The Vision evolves . . . The Legacy begins" (University Strategic Plan)

[6] Long Range Plan Enrollment Projections 2008-2017

[7] UNC-GA 2009-11 Budget Memorandum Number 2

[8] UNC Tomorrow Response Plan - NCA&TSU Phase 1 - May 2008

[9] NC General Statutes G.S.143C-4-3(b)

[10] Requests to Board of Governors from Constituent Institutions and Affiliates for Repair and Renovations Project for the Six-Year Period 2007-08 through 2012-13

[11] Capital Improvements Projects Plan (2009 through 2015)

[12] Capital Improvements Projects Plan (2009-10 through 2014-15)

[13] New Construction Report Fall 2006

[14] New Construction Report Fall 2008

[15] New Construction Report Fall 2009

[16] Table 26 - Total Accessible Area by Room Code

[17] Facilities Inventory and Utilization Study 2007

[18] Table 1 - Capacity/Enrollment Ratio

[19] Table 2 - Square Feet of Academic Facilities Per FTE Student

[20] Table 3 - Average Weekly Room Hours of Instruction in Classrooms

[21] Table 5 - Average Weekly Use of Student Stations in Classrooms

[22] Table 7 - Percent Student Station Utilization, Classrooms and Class Laboratories

[23] Table 8 - Student Clock Hours of Instruction

[24] Campus Master Plan

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