Create Vibrant, Distinctive, and Collegial Campus Identities
The current configuration of the New York and Westchester campuses is generally the product of history and, in some respects, happenstance. Each location has distinct strengths, and it is an important goal of this Strategic Plan to define those strengths with more clarity and to build upon and market them aggressively. We must focus on the relationship between the two locations as well as their separate characters – the notion that Pace is “one university” remains important and should give added breadth and depth to the student experiences. On a more practical level, the University has too much under-utilized classroom space, creating both higher costs per student and in some cases, a lack of vibrancy in certain facilities.
Establish Pleasantville as an outstanding suburban residential campus with a distinctive identity
- Establish a vision for the Pleasantville campus that will increase the critical mass of students in residence, enhance its ability to compete for students with peer institutions, and guide the allocation of resources, courses, and faculty during the period of this Strategic Plan.
- Adopt a new master site plan for the Pleasantville campus that will take advantage of its wonderful setting and support the vision for the campus.
- Each year add dynamic, technology-enabled classrooms, inviting co-curricular spaces, and improved facilities for the interaction of students and staff.
- Pursuant to the vision and master plan, seek regulatory permission and funding to build new residence halls on the Pleasantville campus so that no students will be required to live in residence halls on the Briarcliff campus.
- Work with the village of Pleasantville to establish a “college district” within walking distance of the campus, and survey students to understand what retail services and amenities they would frequent nearby.
Establish Pace’s downtown New York City campus as a distinctive urban campus deeply connected to its urban environment
- Adopt a new master site plan for the New York City campus that will move toward signature facilities for the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and the Lubin School of Business.
- Each year add dynamic, technology-enabled classrooms, inviting cocurricular spaces, and improved facilities for the interaction of students and staff.
- Determine whether additional floors in One Pace Plaza presently dedicated to student residential space should instead become offices and classrooms.
- Develop a plan to create a “campus-district” in the neighborhood surrounding One Pace Plaza using current Pace buildings and enhanced signage and banners, and attract retail establishments of interest to Pace students.
- Provide living space for all residential students within walking distance of One Pace Plaza.
Optimize the use of academic facilities
- Determine the optimal distribution of academic programs, co-curricular activities, and administrative functions across all of Pace’s campuses.
- Examine the classroom and facility utilization of all of Pace’s campuses, and consider how best to maximize use throughout the day, evening, and weekend.
- Consider whether and how the Martine Avenue campus can be best utilized.
Provide facilities that are attractive, secure, and green
- Identify and prioritize the University’s deferred maintenance needs and develop a plan to address them.
- Expand and promote Pace’s campus sustainability initiatives – Energy and Water; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Transportation; Dining Services; Purchasing; Green Building and Landscaping; and Campus Culture and Academics – and integrate these with the University’s academic and co-curricular programs on the environment.
- Promote Pace’s sustainability efforts and academic and co-curricular environmental programs as an important example of how Pace students integrate real-world challenges with their education.