Not only are colleges continuing to build new buildings like they needed them,
but colleges have more existing space right now than they need.
Instead of investing in faculty and technology, the only two things that matter to someone's learning, colleges build unneeded buildings.
Three things about existing campus space:
1.They are underutilized now.
Yes, from Tuesdays-Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm they are packed.
But nights, weekends, late afternoons, they stand idle - - except for the costs.
2.Hybrid cuts space needs in half.
Hybrid courses have learners meet in-person half as many times as traditional classes. In between, they interact and learn online. are superior in learning outcomes. That means colleges can get twice as many classes into the same space as they have now. Or even cut classroom space and still have room to grow.
3.Offices, offices, offices.
"Come see my office," hailed one new administrator at a nearby college. No, I want to see your classrooms, I replied. With telecommuters being more productive than office workers, colleges spend money to have their people be 25% LESS effective.
Can't decide whether I like this close up photo better.