Consider that prior this fall, all the visual arts, mass communication, music, and television/radio broadcast programs were scattered in different buildings on different campuses, and using equipment that, in some cases, dated to when Robert Zemeckis directed a film that featured a silver gull-wing doored DeLorean as the way back to the future.
“It doesn’t help to educate a student on technology that was around in 1985. Technology is so different that it was in 1985 and it continues to change, it continues to evolve,” says Vanderpool. “We need to stay on the cutting edge of all that if our students are to be competitive in the marketplace, across the nation, across the world. You’ve got to be able to have buildings, and the infrastructure that’s within those buildings, help those students.”