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UConn Looks to 'Knit the Campus Together'

The state's flagship university will spend $2 million to create a new master plan to improve the "look and feel" of its Storrs campus.

The University of Connecticut is embarking on a process to create a new master plan for its campus. Credit: Corey Fyke
The University of Connecticut is embarking on a process to create a new master plan for its campus. Credit: Corey Fyke
The University of Connecticut is spending $2 million to create a new campus master plan with the goal of improving the "look and feel" of campus to give it a more distinct sense of place. 

The school's new master planner, Laura Cruickshank, who was hired away from Yale, said the process is part of the $1.5 billion Next Generation Connecticut plan announced earlier this year by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. She said in aHartford Courant story Thursday that the goal of the master plan is to make sure the new investments in building and infrastructure "knits the campus together."

"It's definitely something I'm concerned about — 'look and feel' — and that's in quotes," Cruickshank said in the Courant. "'Look and feel' is a really important thing for any university campus, and coming here from Yale … [There's] a definite 'look and feel' at Yale. You knew where you were. I think that's definitely something we can improve upon here."

UConn has narrowed its choices to develop the master plan to three firms. Once one is chosen (expected in January), the plan will take about a year to develop.

Cruickshank said she's planning on an open process that includes soliciting opinions from students, faculty, staff and the public, but the final plan won't just focus on the outward appearance of the buildings.

"A good master plan will focus some on aesthetics, but not just on aesthetics," she said.
Semmas December 27, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Is this what everyone is paying a fortune in "in-state" tuition for? My son went out of state and it's the same price as UConn. I heard UConn is the most expensive "in-state" tuition in the country. College costs are out of control - partly due to the gov't giving everyone easy college loans that they can't pay back. I give it about 10 yrs and these colleges will be begging for students.
MAC December 27, 2013 at 02:53 PM
More and more people are fleeing CT for more welcoming and prosperous states!.................................................................. It's bad in CT (and the nation as a whole) for college grads trying to get a job, and spending more MILLIONS of $$$$ the taxpayers don't have, on NON-ESSENTIALS like this "look and feel" of UCONN is not going to remedy the hostile business and jobs environment created by OVERTAXING and OVERSPENDING by a bloated government!!!............................................................ Malloy, PBO and all the other big TAXING and over regulating types are NOT the answer! They just take more OUT of the productive sector, the private sector, and preserve their own bureaucracy, creating more government jobs and giving them cushy benefits and RAISES!!................................................... See this for what's wrong with our state's governance, causing high unemployment:............................................................... "A Tea Party response to Malloy," by Bob MacGuffie .................... http://www.journalinquirer.com/opinion/other_columnists/a-tea-party-response-to-malloy/article_b647fae4-55c4-11e3-8845-0019bb2963f4.html
karin744 December 29, 2013 at 08:26 AM
For democrats it's a win-win formula: workers -- the ones who pay taxes -- tend to not vote democrat; the welfare class overwhelmingly votes democrat. The result is that workers flee and, because Connecticut offers the most welfare benefits, welfare seekers move to Connecticut = more democrat voters. 8/20/13 http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/20/study-welfare-pays-more-than-work-in-most-states/ The District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Connecticut have the next more generous welfare benefits. D.C. welfare recipients can earn $24.43 per hour. In Massachusetts they can get $24.30 per hour. In Connecticut welfare recipients can receive $21.33 per hour. Democrats are using the same "buy the votes with welfare" scheme at the national level -- that's the "change" they seek. They will do anything to retain power and impose their utopia on all of us. Ben Franklin: "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
karin744 December 29, 2013 at 08:31 AM
"...look and feel..." I know one thing: our universities look and feel like an arm of the democrat party: -3/29/05 Washington Post: 72% of higher education teachers are liberal, 15% conservative; at elite schools 87% are liberal, 13% conservative. -2/7/11 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/08/scienc… 80 percent of psychology professors are Democrats, outnumbering Republicans by nearly 12 to 1. -April 2012 report on American universities http://www.nas.org/images/documents/A_Cr… “In some areas it [liberal dominance] is so extreme that it amounts to virtual exclusion of any but left-of-center faculty members.” -5/20/12 L. A. Times: “At the University of California at Berkeley the ratio of Democrats to Republicans even in the hard sciences had grown to 10 to 1 in 2004, many times what it was 30 years ago...” “In the humanities and social sciences the ratios were 17 to 1 and 21 to 1, respectively.” -5/21/13 http://www.campusreform.org/blog/?ID=4763: Not a single conservative was invited to speak at Ivy League commencement events in 2013; of the top 100 universities listed by U.S. News and World Report 62 chose liberal speakers versus 17 conservatives; in 2012 96% of their political contributions for president went to Obama. Joseph Stalin: “Education is a weapon whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

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