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ISU readies for feedback draft of 20-year campus plan

ISU readies for feedback draft of 20-year campus plan

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NORMAL -- Next month, a rough draft of Illinois State University's future will make its way around campus, asking how bricks and mortar should tie to the university's strategic plan.

The 20-year master plan will help leaders take stock of the past decade and draft realistic goals.

"We're still at the questions stage," said Dan Layzell, ISU finance and planning vice president, who is leading the 15-month process.

The April draft should provide feedback. A final draft is expected to be submitted for board of trustees' approval in February.

Topics include the future of about 300 acres along Gregory Street; how the uptown Normal and Main Street Corridor developments factor into ISU goals, and what changes to facilities and infrastructure might better accommodate ISU's changing 21st-century student population.

There's certainly a diversity of opinion" on what priorities should be, said Layzell. "But based on early feedback, there seems to be strong opinions about keeping the Quad the center of activity" despite ample space available along Gregory Street.

Leaders already are looking at changes in student housing, with a number of developers proposing private-public partnerships.

In the 1980s, ISU had about 8,000 students living on campus. About 6,500 now live in residence halls.

"Where we're headed is between 4,800 and 5,200," said Steve Adams, ISU student affairs vice president.




Illinois State University last developed a 20-year master plan in 2000. It's being refined during the next year. On the Net:

April: Distribute copies of plan's rough draft.

May to September: Refine draft through campus input

November: Create formal proposal

February 2011: Seek board of trustees' approval

SOURCE: ISU Office of the vice president of finance and planning


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