ECC is an aging institution. Its North Campus is now 65 years old while the others have been operational for four or five decades. ECC’s facilities are nearing the end of their useful life and the college must modernize them in order to remain viable. While patchwork maintenance can always be performed, the cost of that maintenance is simply too high for existing buildings to be sustainable over the long term. There must be a shift toward new construction. Over the coming years ECC will study its own physical plant and make strategic decisions about the buildings, facilities, and instructional spaces that are no longer functional for educational purposes. Facilities performance indicators are being adopted to assist the college in making these strategic decisions. A culture of evidence-based management will become the guiding force behind all facilities decisions during this period.
ECC will pursue the following operational initiatives:
ECC will develop a facilities master plan that controls our facilities development, fully assesses physical plant capabilities and limitations in all campuses and buildings, and coheres with curriculum planning. New construction that focuses on emerging industries like nanotechnology and alternative energy production will be fully leveraged to ease the burden on the remainder of the physical plant. ECC will continue to seek improved capital support for new construction to replace aging facilities that cost taxpayers and students substantially more to operate than new facilities.
ECC will review every business process in every unit in order to seek out duplicative or wasteful processes. Early emphasis is being placed on analysis of the course scheduling process in order to right-size the schedule to match the needs of our students and make smarter use of our facilities. The driving objective of this review will be to promote a culture of evidence-based management in all academic and administrative units of the college.
While ECC faces serious facilities challenges, it has a world-class technological infrastructure with which to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff. We will leverage those technologies even more than we already do in order to reduce the burden on our physical plant.
These changes will focus on improvements in classroom instructional technology, adaptive online learning, lecture capture, and the technologies that are overtaking higher education. All of these tools, however, require training and support. To support the rapid pace of technological change in higher education the college will move toward increased use of self-service training via online training platforms. The same trend toward self-service is also evident when it comes to data, and so the college will seek out new resource planning tools in key administrative areas in order to significantly reduce expenses in those areas and improve data quality.