GREENSBORO – N.C. A&T State University's is looking for input from the community on their master plan for future growth as well as educational priorities and focus. The troubling economy isn't stopping the university from planning and preparing for the future.
The school's been working on its master plan for future academic priorities and growth for more than ten years. Recently, the school decided upon a strategic plan that focuses on teaching and research, as well as creating a diverse and inclusive campus.
Now they're asking for the community's input on how to physically expand in the future.
"We're projecting what A&T is going to be like in the year 2020. So we called it A&T Permanence 2020,” said Winser Alexander, Interim Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
In recent years the university has seen tremendous growth. It's a trend they're looking to continue but with a controlled plan.
"What we want to do is focus on providing additional social areas for our students. A look at how we support our international students. How can we provide additional infrastructure and support for our existing facilities? What are our new facilities that our chancellor and cabinet and our stakeholders would like to see us construct as we go on through the next nine years,” added the school's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Andrew Perkins.
One of the main projects on the university's list is their new college of engineering that is planned to built here at the recently acquired Hanes-Taylor Memorial YMCA.
But that's not all.
"We want to have a new life sciences building on the campus. We want to be able to construct a new data center to support our IT functions. We want to look at intramural fields to be able to support our students so they can get out and have a little more recreation and knock off some of the baby fat," Perkins added.
It's a plan to help foster a renewed focus on science, technology, engineering and math, while making the Aggies a more attractive and competitive university.
"As we improve the programs, we hope that it will attract more students and we can improve the overall quality of the student population,” Alexander said.
Before the master plan moves forward, the university is asking for feedback from students, faculty, staff and the community through an online survey.