Multiple-Campus Master Plan

Master plan guiding principles

A campus master plan must be based on a comprehensive, forward-thinking and institution-wide foundation that will guide current and future campus decisions. The master plan guiding principles on the opposite page are that foundation.

These principles embody campus enhancement and preservation opportunities that will benefit our campuses and improve the environment in which we live, learn and work. In our vision-driven planning process, the guiding principles spurred analysis, shaped the assessment of alternative concepts and drove the recommendations in this plan.

The principles should continue to guide this plan’s implementation going forward. They will outlast this plan’s specific recommendations. This plan cannot anticipate every situation the University will encounter over the long term, but using the guiding principles as a foundation, University leadership can comfortably understand new concerns and make wise decisions regarding the future. The specific issues most assuredly will change, but the plan’s guiding principles and campus structures must remain constant.

Student Success and Student
Life Experience

  • Facilitate student academic success.
  • Expand the formats of learning spaces to support a wide variety of student learning styles. 
  • Increase student satisfaction and engagement, while advancing diversity. 
  • Enrich the campus life experience. 

Research, Scholarship and
Creative Activities

  • Foster intra-and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Grow funded research expenditures and institutional reputation. 

Asset Stewardship

  • Position physical assets for long-term fiscal sustainability. 
  • Increase facility utilization and efficiency. 
  • Promote environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. 

Campus Character

  • Preserve and restore iconic buildings and exterior spaces. 
  • Create memorable places. 
  • Prioritize the pedestrian experience. 
  • Honor Ottawa River. 


Community Interface

  • Strengthen community partnerships and relationships. 
  • Enhance campus edges. 
  • Increase student community engagement. 
Last Updated: 7/2/19