Best Experience for Our People

Facilities for our People: 
Currently, Western is a community of 28,000 students, 1,300 full-time faculty, and 2,200 full-time staff.   We must strive to provide modern facilities to support the learning, teaching, research, service, and recreational activities of all members of our community.  Along with the need to provide basic facilities such as offices, we must ensure that greater importance is placed on the following:

  • Common/gathering spaces that facilitate interaction among students, faculty, and staff;
  • Learning spaces, including state-of-the-art classrooms and instructional laboratories;
  • Library/study space; and
  • Recreational facilities, including outdoor activity space.

Green Space and the Campus Environment: The grounds, including pathways, courtyards, the Sherwood Fox Arboretum, natural areas, and wetlands all play an important role in the Asense of place@ at the University. Future planning should include preservation of the grounds and development of a Landscape Plan, including the allocation of lands for the Arboretum, and enhancement of courtyards and other spaces. The retention of these spaces is essential for members of the community to enjoy and interact within the pleasant outdoor surroundings.

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