Auburn University Strategic Plan

Priority 5: Committing to Continuous Improvement
The Auburn University System will make an across-the-board commitment to continuous improvement in strengthening our management approaches and increasing our efficiency.


Initiative 2: Increase the efficiency of the University's operations.

Strategic Priority 52: Information Technology | COMPLETED

Auburn University brought the IT facility (bonded in 2004) into planning and completed construction in 2010.

"The System will develop a plan and cost analysis for a new information-technology facility that would, among other benefits, foster creation of a completely wireless campus."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • In 2008, the IT facility (bonded in 2004) project was made a priority in the University’s new strategic plan to provide a new OIT facility.  The facility was completed in fall 2011 and opened in early 2011.
  • The academic portions of the main campus have essentially 100% wireless coverage.

Strategic Priority 53: Facilities Utilization | COMPLETED

Auburn University has successfully implemented several programs designed to reduce energy costs and increase the efficiency of the campus instructional space.

"AU will review the utilization of facilities and develop alternative approaches that may better meet students' needs and/or reduce operating costs and energy use."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Purchased in 2010, Ad Astra software has enabled the institution to identify and more efficiently schedule instructional space.  Prior to this, classroom scheduling was accomplished using an in-house database maintained by one individual within the Registrar’s Office.  Due to continued enrollment demand on lower division core courses, a space inventory was conducted to prepare for the implementation of Ad Astra.  Using this inventory and historical course demand, courses are now "right sized" to allow for maximum capacity and more efficient use of academic spaces.
  • Currently Auburn University main campus has 494 technology enhanced instructional spaces including classrooms, labs, and seminars rooms with 32 new projects in progress or slated to be completed in 2011, including the successful renovation of Langdon auditorium into a 310 seat state-of-the-art lecture hall and the implementation of Banner electronic waitlist options.
  • Future facilities projects include the construction of a 100+ seat computerized testing facility in Biggin Hall for multidisciplinary use and construction of a future central classroom building, approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2011.
  • The ad hoc Capacity Analysis Group meets biweekly to review class and lab scheduling, registration progress, wait lists, instructional space utilization and right sizing course enrollments to classrooms.  Work includes management of an instructional space inventory, renovation of Langdon auditorium, and construction of a 100+ seat multidisciplinary computer testing lab.

Strategic Priority 54: Sustainability Practices | 75% COMPLETE

Auburn University has developed a campus sustainability agenda and continues its efforts to increase its sustainable programs and academic offerings.

"There is rapidly growing national interest in the concept of sustainability, much greater and from broader segments of society than the environmental movement of the 1970s.  Auburn will establish specific goals for sustainability based on national metrics. We will develop and adopt "green building" or LEED guidelines for new construction and renovations."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Efforts of the Climate Action Planning Groups have resulted in the development of the Climate Action Plan 1.0, designed to provide a vehicle for increasing opportunities for campus-wide collaboration.  Initial planning steps involved 150 participants from administration, faculty, staff, and students, in nine working groups.  75 group meetings were held over an eight month period.  CAP implementation and revision will be ongoing, fostering ongoing collaboration across the campus.
  • Academic collaborations include the Sustainability Minor, which includes either instructors or course offerings from 9 of the 11 undergraduate schools or colleges.  Approximately 70 students from 9 of the 11 undergraduate colleges and schools are enrolled in the minor, and to date 20 students from four colleges (CLA, CADC, Business, and Human Sciences) have graduated with the minor in sustainability.
  • The Office of Sustainability has also collaborated with other units on campus in applying for a Housing and Urban Development/Department of Transportation Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.  Although the proposal was not accepted, a template was established for collaborative grant-seeking.
  • The Office of Sustainability continues to develop collaborations by creating capacities for providing fee-based consulting services to external audiences for sustainability-related training.
  • The Minor in Sustainability Studies has at least 50 students enrolled in its second year.  Sustainability is a theme for one of the new honors interdisciplinary symposia.

Strategic Priority 55: Campus Master Plan | COMPLETED

Auburn University has developed criteria and completed a comprehensive review of facilities.

"We will follow the protocols and footprint established by the Sasaki master plan, presenting to the Board annual updates of progress toward its implementation."

Summary of Progress Achieved:

  • Auburn University has commenced the Master Plan 2012 update process. The process is currently in the data gathering phase--to date over 70 planning sessions involving over 400 faculty, staff, administrators, and students have been conducted.
  • At the April 20, 2012, Board of Trustees Meeting, the Auburn University Board of Trustees approved a proposed set of twelve planning elements for the Comprehensive Campus Master Plan 2012 Update. The approved planning elements include:
    • Academic Buildings in the Core of Campus
    • Campus Landscape
    • Campus Quality of Life
    • Campus Security
    • Campus Transportation
    • Health Science Sector at Auburn University Main Campus
    • Long Range Land Use Plan
    • Research Capability
    • Space Needs of College and Schools
    • Sports and Athletics Facilities
    • Student Housing on Campus
    • Sustainable Practices
  • These planning elements for the master plan were developed, in collaboration with the University Master Plan Committee, based on known issues, opportunities, and challenges facing the Auburn University campus.

Last Updated: Feb. 22, 2013

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