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Beyond the News
FACILITIES

California schools see value in sharing ... a campus

Current shared
campus examples
* Tennessee: King University,
Memorial University, Milligan
College and Northeast State
Community College operate out of
Kingsport Academic Village.
* Colorado: The Auraria Campus in
Denver contains the Community
College of Denver, Metropolitan
State University of Denver and
University of Colorado Denver.

ROOM AND A
VIEW-Nestled
among the Oakland
Hills and overlooking
Oakland, San
Francisco and the
Bay, Holy Names
University has 60
wooded acres and
space to build on
once Samuel Merritt
University relocates
there.

STEPHEN WOO PHOTOGR APHY

Samuel Merritt University in Oakland,
California, needs more space.
Students learn in makeshift classrooms at a local medical center and lack
a campus to call their own. Instead of
building one, officials came up with a
new solution to meet the institution's
needs: Share a campus with another college in Oakland.
This fall, Samuel Merritt and Holy
Names University signed a non-binding
letter of intent to explore the possibilities
of sharing a single property. The plan
involves both universities operating from
the 60-acre Holy Names campus and
embarking on a shared investment in
the construction of new classrooms and
dorms, says Sharon Diaz, president and

CEO of Samuel Merritt.
"Sharing a campus is a more costeffective solution than building a brand
new campus or leaving space unoccupied," says Diaz. "We can operate in
the same environment without being
competitive." Samuel Merritt's focus is
on health sciences, while Holy Names is
a Catholic liberal arts college.
Shared campus arrangements will
become more common as enrollments
decline and more classes are offered
online, says E. Lander Medlin, executive
vice president of the organization APPA:
Leadership in Educational Facilities.
Cost is also a significant factor.
"Collaborating-being able to figure
out where the opportunities are and
being creative in seeing them-can

benefit the bottom lines of both entities," Medlin says. Opportunities range
from partnering on a specific building,
such as a library or fitness facility, to
sharing whole campuses or merging
entire institutions.
Creating agreements that will help
institutions survive and, hopefully,
thrive, is no simple task. Diaz estimates
it will take 12 to 18 months for the two
institutions to develop a strategic plan
that determines how two administrations will operate on one campus. And
it could take up to eight years before the
universities occupy the shared campus.
But Diaz is optimistic. "It makes more
sense than anything else we've looked
at," she says, "and we're convinced it can
be done." -Jodi Helmer

WOW!
* Cleanest campus: Emory University in Atlanta has
become the latest in a short list of higher ed institutions
to effectively set a zero-waste policy for its campus, with
plans to achieve the goal by 2025. One of the key components of the plan-launched this month-is to divert 95
percent of campus waste from municipal landfills by intensifying recycling efforts. Actions will include installing

26 | January 2018

more color-coded collection bins across campus, adapting outdoor bins to collect composting and recyclable
material, establishing central collection areas for hardto-recycle items such as toner cartridges and batteries,
encouraging faculty and staff to collect and sort their own
waste, and creating a team of waste specialists to handle
materials. -Ray Bendici

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