St. Cloud State University is well aware of the importance of a strong infrastructure related to learning resources needed for effective teaching and learning. The campus is located on 100 acres next to the Mississippi River and includes 48 academic, support, and residential buildings. The institution has made learning resources a high priority in the budget and planning process. Academic and campus life are supported by state-of-the-art technology in the Miller Center by Learning Resources and Technology Services, the best-equipped library in the MnSCU system. St. Cloud State University enjoys a strong reputation for computing and technology services with over 140 electronic classrooms that include computers, data projectors, document cameras, VCR/DVD players, and IP telephones.
Classrooms in the Education Building, Halenbeck Hall, and Miller Center are adequate to support teaching and learning. Technology enhanced classrooms are a priority for investment within the unit as modeling the use of technology by faculty members is an expectation. A computer lab for candidates is located in each building and feature updated computers and printers.
As a result of more weekend course offerings where candidates may be in classrooms for eight to ten hours, the unit is moving toward upgrading the classroom environment to provide more comfort for the adult learner. New tables and chairs for three classrooms were recently purchased in 2007 as a pilot for future decisions about enhancing the learning environment.
The Curriculum and Technology Center (CTC), located in the Education Building, was recently renovated due to a generous gift from a donor. New lighting, carpet, shelves, technology, and furniture were installed in fall 2007; updating the curricular resources has just begun to create a state-of-the-art facility. A new café was recently added in the Education Building to provide an attractive physical environment for faculty, staff, and students to come together for coffee or lunch.
Each faculty member in the unit has an office equipped with a desk, chair, bookshelves, phone, computer and printer. The unit has established a four-year replacement cycle for computers to enable faculty members to have access to upgraded technology and equipment.
Summary: The unit has adequate campus facilities to support the teaching and learning process. The majority of classrooms within the unit are technology enhanced, allowing faculty the opportunity to model the use of technology in their teaching. One outstanding feature at SCSU is the Miller Learning Resources and Technology Center, providing state-of-the-art curricular and technological support to the campus community.