ERIC Number: ED330251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Capacity for Learning: Revising Space and Utilization Standards for California Public Higher Education. Commission Report 90-3.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
A review of space and utilization standards in California public higher education culminated in several principles that should govern the changes in space and utilization standards generally. These principles were as follows: (1) changes should be conceputally simple, consolidating various formulaic elements into single standards wherever possible; (2) at the state level, changes should be administered flexibly, thereby encouraging creativity at the campus and system-wide levels; (3) changes should be interpreted broadly and not become highly specific design standards where the exact sizes of rooms are dictated without regard to need or function; (4) changes should encourage balance among all physical facilities; (5) they should be accompanied by strong accountability and reporting requirements; (6) they should be reviewed on a regular basis; and (7) they should not be changed unless a compelling case for change can be demonstrated. Recommendations on the basis of these principles called for a modest relaxation in the current classroom standard and, in particular, the utilization component of that standard; virtually no change in teaching laboratory standards; a continuation of current practice in the funding of University of California research space; and some improvements in faculty offices. Regular classroom and teaching laboratory utilization reports were also recommended. The text of "Time and Territory: Phase II," published as Report 86-12, is reproduced in an appendix. Twenty-four references are provided. (GLR)
Descriptors: Classrooms, College Buildings, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Planning, Facility Guidelines, Higher Education, Laboratories, Offices (Facilities), Public Colleges, Space Utilization, State Colleges, State Standards, State Universities, Two Year Colleges
Publications Office of the Commission, 1020 Twelfth Street, Third Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814-3985.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.