The Colgate Scene
March 2001
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Planning Committee Report

Planning Committee Report Contents:
  1. Innovation
  2. Smaller classes
  3. Aid
  4. Environment
  5. Financing the goals of planning
Appendix B

Capital projects directly related to the planning initiatives

Case Library Project
The planned expansion and renovation of Case Library will be an opportunity to transform the role of information in an undergraduate education and to transform the student experience at Colgate. The project will combine library and information technology services in support of a future where books coexist with electronic content, study carrels sit side by side with high-technology classrooms, and students are as likely to be collaborating on multimedia projects as they are to be lone readers. In addition to solving pressing space requirements for both the library and Information Technology Services, the new library will also fundamentally transform the way that students experience the campus -- a bridge will connect the library to the upper campus and the plans include social/learning space that will make the library the place for students to spend their time. We envision an expansion that, combined with Little Hall, will make the lower campus the highlight of admission tours -- a twenty-first century hub that will make a profound impression on prospective students and their parents.

Academic facilities
Colgate's science facilities play a vital role in attracting top students. State-of-the-art facilities make possible the joint student/faculty research, hands-on pedagogy and learning with cutting-edge technology that have made Colgate a leader in undergraduate science education. Continued leadership in and new envisioning of integrated science education is essential to this institution's future. While most departments in the sciences enjoy facilities that are the envy of peer schools, two departments -- geology, a national leader in sending students on for advanced degrees, and physics and astronomy, a department that has drawn national attention for innovative pedagogy -- are currently housed in severely substandard space in Lathrop Hall. In addition, the new environmental studies program, an area of increasing interest for students from geology, geography, biology and economics, currently has no teaching or lab space of its own. Both new and renovated spaces are needed for these programs to remain centers of excellence and to accommodate the new pedagogies and new technologies that will allow Colgate to continue to set national standards. Renovation of the Lathrop/McGregory complex will also allow for the badly needed expansion of Cooley Science Library, will provide space to accommodate the planned expansion of the faculty and will shape the growing needs of a burgeoning computer science program.

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