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3.11.3

Physical Facilities
The institution operates and maintains physical facilities, both on and off campus, that appropriately serve the needs of the institution’s educational programs, support services, and other mission-related activities.

Off-site Preliminary Judgment
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Narrative

Summary

Although the College feels that it addressed the standard in its initial response, it has taken each one of the Committee’s concerns in turn and addressed it in detail.

The College’s response to the Committee findings addresses the following concerns. 1. That facilities appropriately serve the needs of the institution’s program. 2. That the current facilities square footage allocation has been determined and a detailed “tour” of the campus facilites is provided 3. That feedback from college personnel is solicited on the overall satisfaction of current facilities.

1. That facilities appropriately serve the needs of the institution’s program.

Morehouse College operates and maintains one campus location, and has continuous processes designed to review regularly the adequacy of its facilities in meeting the needs of approved programs, services and activities. Quarterly interviews with division deans and department heads are conducted by Campus Operations to insure programmatic needs are being met.

Guided by the Campus Master Plan developed in 2002 Campus Operations endeavors to provide buildings and grounds that compliment the academic excellence experienced in the classroom. Over the last six years, the unit has acquired approximately ten acres of land abutting the existing campus to accommodate projected growth and development. New facilities include a 372 bed suite style residence hall complex (optimum number of bed and desired amenities were determined by market study), complete renovation of Merrill Hall (built in 1953 to house the chemistry department) with new chemistry teaching and research labs, and the addition of a 13,000 square foot Technology Tower to house the Computer Science department, Information Technology and the Telecommunications program. To accommodate this additional growth in facilities and the construction of the Leadership Center, a 73,000 sf. academic building which houses the division of economics and business administration, the Andrew Young center for international studies, the Leadership Studies program and the Bonner Office of Community Service, a 590 car parking deck was built on an existing surface parking lot. The new deck included 10,000 sf of auxiliary space for a new bookstore and coffee shop. In preparation for the accreditation of the college’s music program, Brawley Hall was remodeled to reflect the current needs of the music department. Another recent major improvement in facilities was the renovation of Dansby Hall, a 35,000 sf. academic building that houses the Math, Psychology, and Physics departments. The most recent infrastructure improvement on campus is the current parking deck extension, adding approximately 430 new parking spaces and additional work-space for existing administrative departments. The expected completion date for the extension is August, 2008. In all newly constructed and renovated facilities, state of the art infrastructure was included to support the use of technology for teaching, learning, business administration and security.

Given the net increases in academic space, Campus Operations commissioned a Space Utilization Study to establish the current level of unmet space requirements or excesses on the campus with special attention paid to classroom utilization. The findings indicated excess classroom capacity and a deficiency in single occupancy faculty offices to meet the college’s targeted standards. Campus Operation is using this information in planning for the addition of a 30,000 sf academic building associated with the new Ray Charles Center for the Arts and the subsequent backfill plan for the space vacated by the music department.

2. That the current facilities square footage allocation has been determined and a detailed “tour” of the campus facilities is provided.

The Campus Master Plan contains a detailed description of existing and proposed facilities on campus. Morehouse College currently maintains 35 facilities on campus totaling 1,116,775 Square Feet. Of these 35 facilities, there are 9 residential, 11 classroom, 10 administrative, 3 athletic, and 2 dining. Morehouse also has an infirmary, a learning resource center which has a large study lab, and 3 chapels, one of which serves as an auditorium for large functions. To accommodate the parking needs of the campus community, a 590 space parking deck was completed in 2003. Morehouse is currently extending the parking deck, adding 430 new parking spaces, and office space on the ground level to meet current special needs of various administrative offices.

3. That feedback from college personnel is solicited on the overall satisfaction of current facilities

The Physical Plant Department works to maintain the buildings and grounds on campus on a daily basis. Through the Work Order Tracking System, Physical Plant is able to address concerns regarding regular maintenance and minor repairs to facilities. Faculty, staff or students, initiate work orders via email physicalplant@morehouse.edu), telephone (404-215-2664) or office visits. Upon completion of any work order, the reporting faculty, staff or student receives an email confirmation from the Physical Plant department, at which time the faculty, staff or student may provide feedback or comment as to the level of service provided.

In addition to maintenance needs reported by faculty, staff, and students, a weekly building walk-through is performed by the plant staff to assess facility conditions. Quarterly interviews with division deans and department heads are conducted by Campus Operations to insure programmatic needs are being met. Periodically, Campus Operations commissions a campus-wide facility condition analysis to establish the current level of deferred maintenance. The custodial contractor for the college, Initial Cleaning Service Inc., emailed an online Service Satisfaction Survey (http://www.ICSContractServices.com/_survey/default.php?c=372&m=4&sd=2008-04-16%2016:13) to all faculty and staff members in an attempt to address concerns and recognize opportunities for improvement.

 
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