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The master planning team completed a comprehensive understanding of the function and condition of buildings.  Building were assessed through three lenses: Facility conditions: The functionality of physical building systems. Academic utilization: How well the building’s classrooms and teaching labs are scheduled. Educational Adequacy: How...

One of the more striking features of the Kent Campus is its setting.  Stands of mature trees are located throughout campus, with the front campus being the largest and most prominent. Open areas allow for informal recreation, celebration, and protest.  Significant wetlands are east of Loop Road. Open lawn are...

The Kent Campus is largely a pedestrian campus, despite its linear form.  It’s a mile from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design to Stewart Hall.   The Esplanade helps to unite the south edge of campus and provides excellent wayfinding.  PARTA transit helps connect the campus core to distant parking, Dix Stadium, and the...

A June 2017 survey of students revealed how students use student life facilities and their ideas for improvements.  On-campus students dominate dining options, but there is an opportunity to grow Kent State’s dining market by capturing more commuter students through convenient, value-driven options. Eastway Center is most popular dining venue on...

According to a June 2017 student survey, Kent State offers high quality recreational facilities.  Nearly half of students utilize the Student Recreation and Wellness Center two or more times per week.  Overcrowding and inconvenient parking deters students from pursuing more indoor recreational sports and fitness activities on campus.  The...

Benchmarking analysis indicates that the size of the Student Center is appropriate for the Kent Campus.  However, the programming of the Student Center is disproportionately focused on food service.    In a June 2017 student survey, students report being twice as likely to visit the Student Center for food as for any other reason. The Kent...

According to a June 2017 student survey, graduate students are relatively happy with housing options.  They prefer to live off-campus and proximity to campus is not important. The cost of rent/utilities is the driving decision factor.  There is a small demand for additional graduate and international housing, but it should be off-campus and mixed...

University leadership believes that student enrollment will continue to grow for the next decade, and the campus master plan must prepare the campus for this enrollment growth. The master plan anticipates about 9 percent growth in the on-campus Kent Campus student population, with both undergraduates and graduate populations growing.  The...

Although the university is scheduling the Kent Campus classrooms moderately well, the master plan seeks to further increase the efficiency of how we use our classrooms.  The master plan sets the following utilization goals for classrooms: Assignable Square Feet (ASF) per Station (the amount of space each student has): The Kent Campus on average...

Although the university is scheduling the Kent Campus teaching labs well, the master plan seeks to further increase the efficiency of how we use our teaching labs. The master plan sets the following utilization goals for teaching labs: Student Station Occupancy (number of seats actually filled): The Kent Campus now fills only 68% of seats during...