ERIC Number: ED496491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Don't Delay Questions on Campus Construction
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Trusteeship v14 n3 May-Jun 2006
Most campus building projects are high-stakes ventures that, if not correctly planned, may be accompanied by cost overruns, schedule delays, unhappy stakeholders, diminished political goodwill, delays in new programs, or even the forfeiture of a donor gift. The key to managing complexity, reducing risk, and saving time and money lies in one important step board members can take, asking powerful questions at the start of a building project. Trustees are ideally positioned to ask such questions because they possess a deep understanding of where the institution is headed and enough distance from day-to-day operational demands that can foreclose creative problem-solving and hard questioning. They also bring the continuity of thought and institutional memory that can help campus facilities staff reconcile competing needs, and have the best vantage point for unearthing any underlying assumptions that can prevent progress or limit creative problem solving. This article discusses the importance of asking these questions at the start, and the possible consequences of remaining silent.
Descriptors: School Construction, Educational Facilities Planning, School Expansion, Governing Boards, Trustees, Participative Decision Making, Organizational Objectives, Questioning Techniques, Problem Solving, Risk Management, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.