Re: Yes, I think he does. My long long rant


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Posted by Big Ron on June 14, 21 at 11:22:15:

In Reply to: Re: Yes, I think he does. My long long rant posted by Ajo Devil on June 13, 21 at 19:14:02:

ASU was never meant to grow this large. The ASU West Campus was a product of a Visions of The Future document that outlined a different masterplan. Studies headed by ASU EVP Paige Mulhollan(?) outlined the needs of the rapidly growing Metro Phoenix outskirts. Consultants gathered input from the Westside communities and the expanding electronics and aerospace industries to determine the demand for degreed and special skills staff. A masterplan was created to work closely with community colleges to offer 2 years of fully transferable credits toward a 4 year ASU degree. The ASU West campus would then accept students from these "feeder colleges" and furnish upper division courses focused on the needs of the Westside residences and economy. The survey indicated that demand would push the ASU West campus population to 15,000 - 20,000 within a decade. Engineering/Construction, business and nursing degrees were to be offered in the first wave. It was to be the first of 2 new independent, fully accredited universities in the state. The second was to follow the same masterplan for the East Valley.

Architect/Planners NBBJ completed a phased growth masterplan for the 300+ acre site. An administration building and library were the main structures in the first phase. Then politics killed the masterplan - and the site. ASU refused to allow West to become an independent university. Tempe did not want the completion for resources. And Tempe college heads did not want to negotiate a coordinated course plan with both community colleges and the West campus. With Tempe controlling all funds, West was placed on a starvation diet. Classroom buildings became trailers. The original few building sat in the middle of 300+ acres of desert for at least a decade. I am not sure that any JC feeder college plan was ever formally established. And The sister ASU Mesa/Chandler University site was DOA.

So today, instead of a 40,000 student ASU and 2 sister universities, we have one big 100,000 student institution offering all things for all people. Barrett, to some degree, seems to get lost in the numbers.

BTW, NBBJ was a great outfit. I worked with them as an ASU volunteer collecting demographics, business input and establishing the public design charrettes. If NBBJ would have been hired to masterplan SDS, I think we would have ended up with a better end product for the $300,000,000 that was spent.




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