ERIC Number: ED205072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Switching from Quantity to Quality of Space Allocation. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Tremblay, Lise; And Others
Institutional space at the University of Montreal was examined in relation to program structure, student credit hour flows, and departmental services performed to the community. A distance matrix representing the relative location of departmental units on campus, and an attribute matrix, relating places and attributes of these places, were assessed. The data in the distance matrix were collected over 59 departmental units on the basis of a regionalization of the campus according to "centroids" of buildings, and the distance expressed in minutes of walking from centroids of one unit to those of another. The data in the attribute matrix were collected over 54 departmental units and include the accessibility of aggregate distance (in walking time) of each unit. A formal or structural category includes the size of student credit hour flows, the teaching load, and program structure, while a functional category includes the number of student credit hours from extra-departmental origins. Flow matrices were also used to describe the movement characteristics of 42 units of origin to 10 destination areas corresponding to major disciplinary groups. Among the study implications are the following: structural characteristics of units such as expressed by the dimensions of program multidisciplinary breadth and size of activities can be advantageously used to improve the quality of space allocation on campus. Program multidisciplinary breadth may indicate interaction potential as well as dependency on the community for the provision of academic services. The structural characteristics of units can be further analyzed in terms of relative location of interacting units, accessibility, and centrality. (SW)
Descriptors: Campus Planning, College Buildings, Delivery Systems, Departments, Facility Utilization Research, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Physical Mobility, School Community Relationship, School Space, Space Classification, Space Utilization, Spatial Relationship (Facilities)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; University of Montreal (Canada)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).