ERIC Number: EJ1131398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-30
Reference Count: N/A
Bringing Good Things to Life
Morrison, Ira L.
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jan 2017
This article describes the expansion of the main campus of the Sacred Heart University (SHU) (Connecticut), with the recent purchase of 66-acres of space (former G.E. headquarters site). SHU named this new space their West Campus and it will used to house their School of Computing, (computer engineering, computer gaming and cybersecurity) and new programs in the STEM fields, including health and life sciences, science and technology. The School of Computing will house two graduate programs--a master's in computer science and information technology and a master's in cybersecurity. It also will offer undergraduate programs in computer science, information technology, game design and development and computer engineering. The University will move elements of its Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB) to the new campus, including its new hospitality management program that will make use of facilities both at the GE site and at SHU's recently acquired Great River Golf Club in Milford, Conn. This expansion is particularly timely, as expenditures in the rapidly growing global hospitality industry are estimated at approximately $3.5 trillion annually. The university also plans to move its College of Education and business office to the site, eliminating the need to rent space elsewhere. Additionally, the purchase will allow the university to pursue partnerships with local healthcare providers, offering clinical opportunities for students in SHU's colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. This new local campus serves an as institution of higher learning support for new-business development, collaboration and incubation across a range of sciences, business and the arts that will continue serving as a beacon to current and prospective employers, manufacturers and residents. Additionally, other vocations benefit from the presence of a local college, as demand rises sharply for restaurant workers, construction crews and other less-skilled jobs. With this property, SHU has a unique opportunity to expand its contributions to education, research, healthcare, and the community. SHU is vested in the success of their students and in the continued success and prosperity of the region.
Descriptors: Multicampus Colleges, School Expansion, Church Related Colleges, Catholic Schools, Private Colleges, School Community Relationship, Economic Development, Innovation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut