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Seneca College Master Space Programmes

Each master space programme (MSP) will describe long-range space requirement estimates by function and by space type for Seneca’s campuses. They will inform the development, by DIALOG, of campus master plans for the Newnham, Markham and King campuses.

MSPs for the Seneca@York and Jane campuses will also be developed. MSPs for Seneca@York and Jane campuses are necessary to allow the exploration of programme deployment and enrolment options across Seneca's five main campus locations.

MSP Inputs and Considerations

The MSPs will consider the following hard and soft inputs:

  • Long-range (to 2021) enrolment targets set by the College, by faculty and/or programme families, but not necessarily by campus. One of the aspects of developing MSPs will be to explore how to distribute the College's enrolments based on the other inputs listed below;
  • College's academic, research and student-success plans, with a particular focus on achieving synergies and inter-disciplinary linkages at each campus that benefit both learners/clients and the College as a “flexible learning organization” offering a broad range of credentials (certificate, diploma, degrees, in-service, etc. ) in a variety of delivery formats (traditional, hybrid, distance, fast-tracked, etc);
  • Size and breakdown by functional space type of existing building inventories at each campus;
  • Space allocation benchmarks achieved at each campus;
  • Service levels and models achieved, or to be achieved at each campus, taking into account choices and policies available to the College and given the setting and configuration of each location. Thus, for example, the student amenities and services may vary from one campus to the next, but may be considered by the College to be equivalent in terms of quality of student experience and appeal;.and
  • Market demand and the competitive stance that is increasingly necessary to attract students to Seneca, as opposed to other GTA colleges. This aspect of the MSPs, in conjunction with the College's enrolment targets, must consider the locations of the campuses, their ease of access, the home origin of students, the draw of flagship programmes to establish campus identity.

Utilization and Benchmarking

An analysis of instructional utilization and the calculation of key space allocation benchmarks will allow for a documented, insightful understanding of how the College's space resources are currently allocated and used. A number of indicators will inform both the development of the MSPs and decisions by the College about programme deployments across the four campuses.

Further, these benchmarks and indicators will allow the College to understand how its existing campuses are being used in relation to one another and how its space utilization and allocations compare to other institutions and accepted space allocation standards in place in other jurisdictions.

The master space programming exercise will be conducted by Educational Consulting Services Corp.

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