Facilities committees help shape the physical character of their institutions by ensuring that their campuses are functional, attractive, and well-maintained. Committee members tackle the challenging work of helping to update the campus master plan and developing harmonious relationships between buildings, open spaces, landscaping, and the interior circulation of vehicles and pedestrians.
This booklet explains how facilities committees can help develop effective facilities policies and practices and help their institutions achieve their missions by ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place for academic, residential, extracurricular, and co-curricular programs and services.
This publication is part of the Effective Committee Series, which is devoted to strengthening the role of key standing committees of governing boards. While there is no optimal committee system for institutions of higher education, certain principles, practices, and procedures prevail. The best practices outlined in this publication support the objectives of board committees: focused effort, informed decision making, and self-management.