Environment: Climate, Facilities

Climate
We will provide a supportive, welcoming environment for our students, faculty, and staff that values cultural and gender diversity, nurtures and respects all members of our community, and inspires and empowers each individual to achieve his or her full potential by
involving our engineering community in diversity activities, with leadership from our Diversity Action Committee; developing institutional partnerships; designing unique initiatives, such as the diversity leadership workshops, with help from corporate partners and alumni champions; and recognizing faculty, staff, and students who significantly contribute to creating a positive environment.

We will foster balance between the demands of career and family by
understanding quality-of-life issues, such as child care and dual careers; developing responsive policies and practices to address these issues; and providing the necessary systems of support.

We will evaluate climate and quality of life by
creating safe feedback loops to gather information about issues, monitor program and practice effectiveness, and suggest improvements.

Facilities
We will construct a flexible, technologically advanced physical environment by
    1. completing early-phase projects of the Master Facilities Plan:
    • adding wings to the Chemical and Mechanical Engineering Buildings, and
    • building the Birck Nanotechnology Center, the Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research, and the Millennium Engineering and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Buildings;
    2. refining and detailing plans for next-phase projects:
    • Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering expansions; and
    • improvements to the Herrick and Zucrow Laboratories; and
    3. constructing a student projects building and renovating existing buildings.
We will alleviate short-term laboratory and office shortages and provide surge space for new centers and prototype learning environments by
acquiring and modifying temporary space.

We will create unique capabilities by
integrating the latest technology into our classrooms, collaboration rooms, instructional and research laboratories, and distance learning facilities and by acquiring advanced instrumentation, leading-edge technologies, and high-tech multimedia tools.

Metrics for Environment
Climate
Proportion of faculty, staff, and students from underrepresented and international groups
Retention rates of faculty, staff, and students
Participation of faculty, staff, and students in diversity, leadership, and developmental programs
Satisfaction with campus and college climate

Facilities
Assignable Square Feet (ASF) by discipline and function
Number and type of unique equipment-based or facilities-based capabilities
Elapsed time from need identification to acquisition of new or interim space
Ratio of space available to projected need