Education Research

Reimagining the Academic Work Environment

Planning flexible spaces where faculty and students can thrive
The pandemic accelerated a shift away from traditional campus work models and toward new planning paradigms that offer greater flexibility, agility and efficiency.

Higher education institutions recognize and value the importance of the work environment for faculty and staff, as well as the amount of campus space devoted to this function. Yet moving away from the traditional private office model—typically an underutilized asset—is a complex proposition. Competing perspectives and space limitations make it challenging to change the office status quo. This white paper explores how to design and plan faculty offices and campus workspaces that align with instructor and student needs while fulfilling institutional objectives. This paper also stresses the importance of implementing change management practices in the process.

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