Theme 4

Investing in the Health Sciences

Act of Determination 1 -- Creating a Space Plan for Health Science-Related Departments

The Baylor Sciences Building has limited space for expansion, yet the Arts & Sciences STEM departments must make strategic hires to achieve the University’s goals of enhancing health science curricular offerings, research, and extramural funding. Furthermore, numerous obstacles exist with respect to facilities:

  • problematic location of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience (split between the BSB and downtown BU Tower);
  • inadequate and partially uninhabitable building housing the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Neill Morris Hall); and
  • insufficient space for Child Development (Piper Child Development Center) and Nutrition Sciences (Mary Gibbs Jones Building).

Therefore, we recommend the following:

Action Step:
  • The Dean’s Office, in consultation with the taskforce formed in Theme 2 -- AOD 4, will study configurations of space in the BSB, while simultaneously addressing the needs of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and associated clinical programs. Solutions may include construction of a dedicated Clinical Health Sciences building.