Approximately nine months ago, College of Western Idaho (CWI) initiated a Campus Development, Visioning, and Planning process to inform, guide, and prioritize campus improvements to better serve students and communities. A CWI Planning Team, comprised of a comprehensive representation of internal stakeholders, worked alongside Cushing Terrell, a local planning, architecture, and engineering firm, to bring forward a recommendation. Throughout the process, internal and external feedback was gathered to help provide input on immediate development and future growth needs of the College.
The Planning Team’s objective was to provide recommendations to the CWI Board of Trustees and receive approval of strategic direction and priorities for campus development and capital projects. The process included programming priorities, space requirements, campus focus areas, funding sources, and timelines. The visioning timeframe spanned multiple months and included three phases: assessment, exploration, and application.
Campus Visioning and Planning Recommendation
Board of Trustees Work Sessions
Campus Visioning Survey
Thank you to all who participated in the Campus Visioning Survey this past fall. Nearly 1,300 individuals, including internal and external stakeholders, provided input on immediate development and future growth of the College.
Information collected from the survey assisted the CWI Planning Team, along with Cushing Terrell, a local planning, architecture, and engineering firm, in providing a recommendation to the CWI Board of Trustees regarding programming priorities, space requirements, campus focus areas, funding sources, and timelines.
Campus Visioning Timeline
To begin this process, CWI conducted an anylysis of the current environment which included engaging thought leaders and consultants. A key consideration of this work related to the impacts of the COVID pandemic and future direction of higher education. Local and regional needs assessments were also conducted to identify market conditions and potential areas of program focus. This work helped to inform the College about key considerations and areas of focus related to planning and the survey. Below you will find full reports that were included in the research and environment scan phase, as well as condensed summary documents.
- Current CWI Strategic Plan
- Educause Horizon Report (2021)
- Entangled Solutions Opportunity Analysis (2020)
- Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, Career and Technical Education
Campus Visioning Updates
College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Thursday, April 14, to approve the strategic direction proposed through the Campus Visioning and Planning process. The strategic approach consolidates CWI into two primary campus locations, residing in Nampa and Boise, supported by key strategic centers.
Nampa Campus would include developing a new Health and Science building, relocating the Horticulture program, and expanding and consolidating student support services through construction of a student-learning center.
“CWI Board of Trustees are excited to take the next step in Campus Visioning at the College,” said Molly Lenty, Chair of the Board. “We value the inclusive process that occurred and believe the engagement from our stakeholders in the community speaks to the support for CWI continuing to meet the needs of the growing Treasure Valley.”
Additionally, CWI previously invested in a property located in downtown Boise at Main Street and Whitewater Park Boulevard to serve Ada County students. CWI’s strategic direction includes investing in the Boise-owned site and developing a mixed-use project.
“I am thrilled to work with our Board of Trustees as CWI moves into the next phase of campus development – consolidating and expanding campus services and programming will ensure the College remains an innovative leader in delivering high-quality, affordable, and accessible opportunities to more students,” says CWI President Gordon Jones.
The campus consolidation will be accomplished through a phased process capitalizing on a diversified approach to funding. Strategies to fund this development include; utilizing state appropriations through the State of Idaho Permanent Building Fund and using CWI development funds as well as donor support.
The College’s next steps will focus on operationalizing the strategic direction and working to create timelines to assist in the subsequent phases of planning – as CWI continues to develop buildings to optimize training and educational opportunities for students.
Your Input is Requested!
College of Western Idaho (CWI) has initiated a Campus Development, Visioning, and Planning process to inform, guide, and prioritize campus improvements. The Planning Team’s objective will be to provide recommendations to the CWI Board of Trustees on strategic direction and priorities for campus development and capital projects to better meet the needs of students and the community.
A critical part of this process is to include input from our internal and external stakeholders. We encourage you to share your thoughts in helping us assess immediate development and future growth needs through this eight question survey.
Please visit Campus Vision to learn more.
Please complete the survey by Nov. 15, 2021.
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