University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Office of Service and Continuous Improvement: Space - The Next Frontier

The President's Emerging Leaders, under the direction of the Office of Service and Continuous Improvement, and the support of the Office of Planning and Academic Affairs, will lead a project to develop a case for restructuring the way we assign and use space on campus (classroom, auditorium, meeting rooms).

The initiative directly impacts the University's ability to fulfill its core mission. The use of classroom space is central to teaching and learning and our ability to conduct research.

Space is a complex, multi-faceted area that has many components and dimensions. One of these, instructional space, consists of general purpose (or central) classrooms, departmental classrooms as well as eight other types of discretely coded categories of space. Classroom utilization necessarily needs to balance a number of factors: high utilization minimizes inventory but is less flexible in supporting teaching; lower utilization better meets the flexibility needs of teaching, but requires more rooms.

Project Goals for the President's Emerging Leaders Project include:

To improve the time utilization of classroom instructional space (both central code 110 and departmental code 120 space) on the Twin Cities campus to 71% for Fall 06 semester (schedule production start in Nov 2005), by making recommendations by May 2005 regarding the development and implementation of utilization standards and criteria in other categories of instructional space.

Team Members

Simin Hickman
Director, ADCS
Coach: Judy Kirk

Ann Kranz
Director of Online Resources,
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
(MINCAVA) School of Social Work
Coach: Lori-Anne Williams

Julie Selander
Sr Associate Director, One Stop Student Services
Coach: Arlene Carney

Jeff Sperling
Director, Technology Support Services, Academic Affairs, UMC
Coach: Susan Van Voorhis