Abel Guiza, Arturo Cordova,
Ricardo Carranza, Miriam Villarreal
Are branch college campuses supposed to be as big as the actual college? What might be the advantages or disadvantages for students, teachers or staff members? Here at the San Luis Learning Center we have different expectations as well as perspectives about the structure and size of the building. The San Luis Learning Center, constructed in 2007, is located aside from San Luis High School and it’s a single building in which a good quantity of students attend each day. For some of us the size of this college is advantageous, and for other students it might not be quite as beneficial but instead unhelpful. Students, as well as teachers and staff members, have different opinions about this particular subject that we have to deal with day by day.
For a college standing right next to the only high school here at San Luis, Arizona and being completely enclosed by its territory, it disables the possibilities for expansion. It does however; contain its entire classrooms and offices inside the building. It holds 9 classrooms, a conference room, a front desk, small offices for councilors, a testing room, a technician’s room, one set of restrooms for men and women, and two computer labs. Each classroom has a maximum capacity of approximately 30 stude
A student’s comfort level at a school may be determined generally by the structure and the capacity a building with holds. Being a small school the ease of access you have with teachers becomes greater, as well as your comfort level in a classroom. A first year student right out of high school might find it comfortable at a small college campus within their hometown rather than large colleges’ miles away.
We as a group conducted interviews to know what students and staff members thought about the San Luis Learning Center. Some of the responses were negative towards the design but others were positive. The majority of the people interviewed stated that the San Luis Learning Center branch should be expanded at least a little. Maria Guzman a counselor from SLLC stated, “If we had a bigger campus here we would have more students attending classes. This design is easy and convenient for students to get around with but it should be larger.” As stated the San Luis Learning Center is mainly one single hallway with beneficial classrooms, but if we had a larger building we would have more classes provided to students. “It will provide less time and gas millage to us students to drive all the way to the Main Campus,” quoted Micaela Solis, a 19 year old Arizona Western College student. The design of SLLC should be beneficial to everyone that’s attending it in whatever way. Students and staff need to feel comfortable in the environment where they’re learning and teaching at.
A small college isn’t all bad. In fact you could have benefits that a bigger college campus wouldn’t have. A benefit such as not being late to your next class since it’s only a couple of feet away. If you live in Southwestern Arizona you know that during the summer the heat can get pretty extreme. A larger campus would have you walking from building to building under the blazing sun to get to your next class. This way by having a small campus, getting to your next class in an air conditioned building is a breeze. Although many of whom we interviewed had negative things to say about a small college building, some did give us a couple of positives they believed a small college building had to offer. Jesus Gonzalez a student at AWC said, “Working a 9 to 5 job and being able to go home and relax before I go to class at 8 is great.” Professor Hager an instructor here at AWC said, “Yes SLLC is great for general studies.” A small college building like the one at San Luis, Arizona might be more beneficial for those trying to get an associate’s degree in general studies or have a job and are trying to improve at something.
Several students think about the disadvantages, yet seldom students think that this campus is beneficial. Here at the San Luis Learning Center we encounter different situation as to the building structure when we really have to have in mind the fun part of it. We students, teachers, and staff members are attending each day to this college and do not see both perspectives but only what we think and care about. This is our campus. Shouldn’t we start paying attention to the advantages instead of what isn’t beneficial?