The Planning Process

The work of the LSC builds on best practices from facilities planning efforts since 1992. The central thrust of those best practices is getting the planning right, beginning with clear goals and strategies for the process of planning. These practices also reflect research on planning for organizational change. 


LSC Postings re: Planning 

The LSC Guide: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners

  • This is a guide for planning for assessing spaces for learning, developed under the auspices of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is designed to spark broader and more informed dialogue—on individual campuses and within national communities of stakeholders—about the relationship between the quality of learning and the quality of spaces for learning in the undergraduate setting. It is designed to encourage deeper attention to questions planners should ask in developing new and reshaped spaces that better inform the process of assessing how such spaces impact learning. 



PowerPoints from Past Facilities Events

Thought Pieces

National Reports

PCAST Engage to Excel, the recent report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), is an important resource for planning formal learning spaces. Although its focus in on STEM majors, the evidence presented about what works and what does not is compelling for all with responsibility for shaping and reshaping places in which undergraduate learners in all fields achieve desired learning outcomes.