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2024 SCUP Pacific Regional Conference: Catharine Killien

Date: 3-19-2024
Time: 10:30-11:30am PST
Location: Seattle, WA

3-11-2024 | Events

Architect Catharine Killien will be discussing “Creating a Student Success District Through Transformative Renovations,” at the 2024 SCUP Pacific Regional Conference.

First generation and marginalized students often have difficulty accessing campus services. Holistically supporting students through integrated services so that they feel valued, respected, and included is critical to graduation and retention rates. The University of Arizona (UA) radically transformed access to student services, bringing together previously disparate services into the co-located Student Success District that renews existing campus assets into accessible, flexible, human-centric spaces. This session will share a model for bridging strategic and facilities planning with universal principles and qualitative and quantitative metrics for leveraging existing programs and building resources to improve student outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify common goals and promote cooperative vision statements to build consensus among stakeholders under different governance structures.
  • Translate strategic planning goals into physical outcomes by identifying opportunities to use existing campus assets to expand visibility of services.
  • Discuss how to operate multidisciplinary spaces in line with strategic planning goals and evaluate facilities performance with qualitative and quantitative metrics.
  • Re-center planning efforts to focus on creating a seamless experience that puts the focus back on the student, rather than on complex departmental organizations.

Other speakers include Nina Bates, Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost, University of Arizona; Taaon Fraser, Student, University of Arizona; Robyn Huff-Eibl, Department Head of Access, University of Arizona

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Catharine Killien


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