Magazine article University Business

California Schools See Value in Sharing. a Campus

Magazine article University Business

California Schools See Value in Sharing. a Campus

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Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California, needs more space.

Students learn in makeshift classrooms at a local medical center and lack a campus to call their own. Instead of building one, officials came up with a new solution to meet the institution's needs: Share a campus with another college in Oakland,

This fall, Samuel Merritt and Holy Names University signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore the possibilities of sharing a single property. The plan involves both universities operating from the 60-acre Holy Names campus and embarking on a shared investment in the construction of new classrooms and dorms, says Sharon Diaz, president and CEO of Samuel Merritt.

"Sharing a campus is a more cost-effective. solution than building a brand new campus or leaving space unoccupied," says Diaz. "We can operate in the same environment without being competitive." Samuel Merritt's focus is on health sciences, while Holy Names is a Catholic liberal arts college.

Shared campus arrangements will become more common as enrollments decline and more classes are offered online, says E. Lander Medlin, executive vice president of the organization APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities. …

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