Aquinas College continues to outline plans for growth with the announcement that it will expand its current campus at 4210 Harding Pike. Facility space is only one area in a multi-phase roadmap for the future, part of a comprehensive strategic plan that is currently being completed.
The first phase of this growth plan entails the building of a multi-purpose facility to include a residential hall, student life center, and dining facility. Phase I plans to allow students to occupy the new space beginning with the fall 2015 semester.
In addition to facility expansion, the college is also in the midst of academic program reviews, enhancements of its student life opportunities, and offering spiritual life to meet the needs of its changing student population.
After considering the requirements of the new strategic plan and a long period of due diligence, Aquinas will not be pursuing the Welch College campus it had been considering since early 2013. Aquinas College and its Board of Directors explored a variety of options for expansion, including the Welch Campus. The College is concluding a long-range planning process that has determined that expanding facilities, academic programs, and student life on the current campus makes the best sense in order for the College to continue its mission in the future. This has been an extremely thorough and invigorating process that explored many options. In the end, it was clear the best course is to expand the home campus.
The college realizes that many people, including current and prospective students, supporters of the Dominican Campus and neighbors of the campus are interested in future plans. Now that direction has been determined, Aquinas College is moving forward on first-phase construction planning and is developing a master plan for the current Aquinas Campus. The college will be excited to share that plan and its complimentary strategic growth plan with the community when they are finalized.
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