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Transforming Initiative IV

Transforming Initiative IV

Developing Campus Resources

The University’s ability to develop new academic, co-curricular and extracurricular programs to serve its students has been seriously constrained by space limitations at both the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses, and Fordham’s use of space is at capacity by any nationally recognized measure. The number of persons per square foot of space at the Lincoln Center campus far exceeds that of any other educational institution in the New York metropolitan area. Apart from residence halls and Walsh Family Library, Fordham has made few additions to serve its increasing residential population and growing faculty.

Building at Lincoln Center. The University has contracted to sell a parcel of land at Lincoln Center to provide funds to support its endowment and construction program. Fordham expects to close the sale in late 2008. Fordham is in the process of obtaining the necessary certifications and approvals for a build-out of the Lincoln Center campus; the University expects to break ground in late 2008 for a building that will house the Law School and a 400-bed residence hall for undergraduates. Later additions to the campus will include new recreational and athletic facilities, a student center and a library.

Construction at Rose Hill. Fordham plans to break ground on a 450-bed dormitory this spring, and is developing plans for a new student center, recreational and athletic facilities and a science building.

Develop technology infrastructure. The University has made substantial progress in modernizing its information systems and deploying instructional technology. A sophisticated computer program, Blackboard, is available to support instruction, to provide electronic class materials and assignments, and to facilitate communication between students and faculty members. In addition, Fordham has upgraded hardware and software. Wireless connectivity is available at virtually all locations at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center, and the University has increased available bandwidth, more than doubling it in the last two years. (See Figure 14.) A large effort is now underway to phase in a single information system that will serve most of the administrative needs of the University.

Develop state-of-the-art instructional space. In the last decade, through renovation or new construction, Fordham has installed smart technology in 157 classrooms. One hundred of these were added since 2003. (See Figure 15.)

Figure 14

Figure 15

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