University classrooms are an essential resource that support multiple learning activities and need to adapt to shifts in teaching style. In 2012, as a result of several tours and discussions about classroom needs, an effort was made to gather some faculty with classroom design interests to brainstorm ideas that would inform the design aspects of future classroom renovation projects. As this work progressed, the university was able to identify and commit funds for a select number of classroom improvements.
During the summer of 2013, three general classrooms were renovated ‐ REN 125, 126, and TLC 023. In addition, a project was initiated for the renovation of AgSci 106, the largest auditorium classroom, with a target completion date of mid‐August 2014.
In an effort to continue this strategic classroom review and improvement prioritization work, the Registrar met with the Assistant Vice President of Facilities to discuss formalizing a workgroup. During the Fall 2013 semester the Classroom Strategic Planning Workgroup (CSPW) formed with faculty and administrative representation. A charter was sanctioned by the Faculty Senate and specific goals were identified to be completed by the end of the Spring 2015 semester.
In November 2013, CSPW developed two online surveys (one for faculty and one for students) in an effort to assess the success of renovated classroom improvements. The primary goals were to:
- collect faculty and student feedback on improvements to the classrooms,
- identify design aspects that may need improvement, and
- determine if the renovation supported new innovative approaches to teaching.