The proposal considers a smart way the university can use to increase educational performance among its students in various majors. Therefore, it provides evidence on companies and other institutions that have adopted the same mechanism to boost performance. Isolation and internet indulgence are degrading the system while bringing students to share their knowledge based on the diversity they represent is innovative. The above concerns and benefits drive this proposal presentation to the construction of a new studying facility where students will share skills and other academic activities. The proposal rallies the support of various stakeholders to aid in achieving this goal.
The concern of this proposal is implementing how the campus can improve its level of academic performance. Some of the core considerations towards attaining the same are the construction of a commonplace where students can share various educational activities; second is the attraction of students of different majors to the site, and finally, is ensuring there exists a connection between the ongoing operations or discussions with real job activities. At this level, the institution will be able to produce fully backed graduates who satisfy the demands of various employers in the market. Therefore, the proposal is advocating that the campus build a place where students can share academic activities concerning multiple majors. The plan is relevant to the University’s Chancellor, the Senate, and other governing bodies responsible for the decision-making process and running of daily activities on the campus.
In various peer-reviewed studies concerning academic performance improvement among university students or any other learning institution, group work and discussion hold a significant part in such success. When students share, it is a mixture of capabilities since they would do so based on acquired personal knowledge. When average, weak, and brilliant students come together, these educational research concur that there will be a decline on the extreme tails. Another aspect that is evident in this case is bringing various majors together, saying that debates to discuss the employment market are vital in such institutions since students will be conscious of what employers seek. University students in any part of the society are the top cream, and such brains at any cost must always be busy to limit chances of engaging in unlawful activities. Young (2017) confirms technology susceptibility amidst teenagers and other youths in their 20s. The survey confirms that 44% of teenagers who participated agreed that it is difficult to have a tech break, while 41% of those falling in the bracket of the 20s confirmed they struggle with the same. A declining trend was evident amidst this in their 30s who recorded 38%, while those in 40s stood at 29%, the 50s marked 23%, and the group of those in their 60s and above only indicated 15% of the same (Young, 2017) (see figure 1). Developing a place where students can come together to share based on their majors remains relevant in mitigating such issues while expanding their knowledge facets since they can at least practice a balance.
Description of Critical Issues Addressed by the Proposal
The proposal addresses various problems facing campuses today. It considers the need for better academic performance among students. By allowing students to share ideas and knowledge, collaborate, and interact academically, they will perform better on the campus as it will curb many academic burdens experienced due to lack of interactions and group discussions. Also, it addresses the problem of isolation among students on the campus. Because of the massive demands of studying and sometimes working, university students often find themselves isolated in their academic activities. Isolation may negatively impact learning since students will only open to private diversification, which is an approach limiting their potentials. Thus, building a place where the students can share their academic activities can help resolve isolation or loneliness.
Similarly, this proposal will reduce addiction to smartphones and the internet, such as social media, among campus students. Hence, this will allow students to have more time to study and engage in extracurricular activities. Furthermore, this proposal can help with knowledge sharing, and creativity. Building such a place will enable students to interact and exchange various ideas. It will, therefore, foster learning among the students. Since students from different backgrounds can share academic activities after having access to such a facility, it will increase creativity and innovation due to diverse ideas and thoughts among the students. The above is possible since students will be able to borrow ideas from their colleagues and other areas, thus sharpening their critical thinking skills. Similarly, the sharing of ideas and views among students will promote knowledge distribution within the campus. There will be an increased possibility that students will consult more about their careers while seeking to know how they fit in the current employment market.
The Changes in Other Companies/Organizations/Schools
Schools and organizations have realized the importance of collaboration among students and in workplaces. As a result, many companies and learning institutions establish areas where students and employees can share academic or job activities. For example, Multimedia University in Malaysia currently focuses on knowledge sharing within the campus to create, acquire, and apply knowledge among its academics (Cheng et al., 2009). A similar concept can be at the university by building a place where students can share academic activities based on this proposal to foster better learning and personal and professional growth.
The Available Research about this Idea
According to an article by Samra (2015), a well-designed university should foster academic activities among the students. The author states that both proximity and conversation are responsible for the production of creative ideas. When students are in bigger interactive spaces, it enhances expansive thinking compared to when they are in a room that promotes box thinking. Although sometimes students require being in a box to increase their attention, continuous sitting in the same environment could be problematic. Therefore, building a place where the students can share their academic activities encourages them to intentionally open to a world beyond, seeking pathways to that future and walking deliberately towards the newly identified options.
Moreover, Harris et al. (2013) showed that building a place where the students can share their academic activities offers space for artistic expression and protects intellectual freedom. It provides opportunities for additional information as well as new avenues for research and creativity. Also, it encourages dialogue because of the diverse people that interact in the facility. Such space will help create shared experiences and elevation of discourse among the different campus groups hence supporting the broad institutional goals of interdisciplinary engagement and professionalism.
Detailed Work Plan and Schedule (see figure 2)
|Submission to the University Senate||May
|Finance subcommittee review
· The finance subcommittee will review the projected costs, proposal timeline, and other parts of the proposal
|June – August
|Necessary revisions on the plan
· After the initial review by Finance subcommittee, some adjustments on the proposal will follow.
· The changes are vital as it will develop the construction proposal to standards set by the finance subcommittee
|August – November
|Secondary review by finance subcommittee
· After adjusting the changes, the revised version will be submitted to the finance subcommittee for a secondary review to ensure it meets all the standards set by the finance subcommittee
|November – January
|Anticipated Project Approval||January
|The actual project||January – September
Costs to Incur
The school will have to invest in building a new facility that suits students’ needs in sharing academic activities. The school will also have to continuously incur the program’s maintenance cost, which includes recruiting qualified personnel to assist the students with educational activities, the support staff in ensuring that all the required resources are readily available, and office equipment to aid in the process. There will be those who monitor how students use the internet while at the facility and the frequency and an academic advisor under the qualified personnel. The table below indicates the projected costs.
|Activities||Costs (in $)|
|Tutors For Different Majors||1,150|
The organizer of this proposal will be an external administrator that will be in charge of developing a plan to achieve its goals. The organizer will strengthen the initiative of building a place where students can share academic activities through collaboration with the university’s chancellor and the governing body. Some of the activities that can be held in this academic center include diversity programs and initiatives that provide services promoting successful experiences for diverse populations. The purpose of such events is to enhance the development of the student, increase cultural awareness, and offer globally-focused learning outcomes. Also, student life and development activities to foster learning through developmental opportunities and intentional programming can be in this academic center since students’ development occurs when there is collaboration in all areas of campus life—this activity advocates for partnership among all stakeholders to promote engagement. Through the use of different and innovative events, the academic center will enhance an inclusive environment. The concern of civic engagement activities is the creation of positive societal change. The educational student activities include programming and clubs that primarily focus on the scholarly subject matter.
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- Harris, R., Mayo, A., Prince, J. D., & Tooey, M. J. M. (2013). Creating shared campus experiences: the library as a culture club. Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA, 101(4), 254.
- Samra, S. (2015, December 21). All together now: how to build a social campus. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2015/dec/21/all-together-now-how-to-build-a-social-campus
- Young, S. D., (2017). Teens most likely to struggle with technology addiction. A survey finds that younger people have the most trouble putting their devices down. Retrieved from https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/teens-most-likely-to-struggle-with-technology-addiction-070717.html
Figure 1: The Rate of Technology Addiction by Age
|Age Groups||Rate of Addiction|
|15 – 19 years||44%|
|Youths in their 20s||41%|
|Adults in their 30s||38%|
|Adults in their 40s||29%|
|Adults in their 50s||23%|
|60 years and above||15%|
Figure 2: Proposal Timeline