Improving Governance and Promoting Year Round Usage at Off Campus Educational Centers

Topics: Space Utilization, Facilities and Operations, Administration and Finance, Deferred Maintenance, Budgeting, Vendor Negotiation, Procurement, Research Administration, Research Enterprise, Regional Sites and Branch Campuses, University Systems and Governance, Centers and Institutes, Alternative Revenues, Revenue Enhancement, Interdisciplinary Programs, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs, Summer Programs, Academic Calendar, Dining Services, Auxiliary Enterprises

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Summary

Research examines ways to improve governance and promote year-round usage at an off-campus educational and research center. The Forum profiled five individual institutions with similar education and research centers across the US and in Canada.

  • Key observations from our research:


    1. Create educational and research center marketing campaigns to maintain visibility on campus and promote year-round usage .

    2. Include undergraduate and graduate courses offered at the educational and research center in university course catalogue; offer hybrid courses during the fall and spring semesters to encourage students to complete coursework at the educational and research center.

    3. Host free public speaking events at the educational and research center to outreach to local community members and to advertise educational and research center programming and facilities.

    4. Educational and research center directors rely on funding from university-provided maintenance budgets for educational and research center maintenance costs.

    5. Hire recent graduates as educational and research center research assistants to reduce staffing costs.