Creating the Environment for Excellence
USC’s faculty and students thrive in settings that foster intellectual exchange, discovery, innovation, imagination, and artistic expression. Similarly, USC physicians and caregivers do their best work when supported by facilities and equipment that allow them to dedicate themselves to improving the health of their patients. But these talented individuals at USC also need a nurturing academic community that provides the infrastructure, programs, and social interactions that enable them to be productive.
Therefore, the Campaign seeks funding to vitalize both the physical character and the quality of campus life at USC. We will construct our new and renovated buildings to take advantage of the latest approaches to teaching and learning, foster creative expression, and deliver the best possible health treatments and care.
We will design gathering spaces to encourage our diverse communities to convene and build relationships, and we will develop academic, social, and cultural activities on both our University Park campus and our Health Sciences campus. The new University Club on the University Park campus will be configured to enhance interactions among faculty, students, and staff that can spark ideas and interdisciplinary collaboration.
For the university to thrive, the USC Libraries must be an inspiring and integral partner in the achievements of the entire USC community. USC’s libraries are among the oldest in California, yet they are also among the most innovative libraries in the nation, recognized pioneers in building digital collections and resources and in online education. A key priority will be to strengthen the USC Libraries and continue to invent the library of the future.
The environment for excellence will require investment in facilities for basic and translational research and for bolstering the training programs of the Los Angeles Basin Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), based at the Keck School of Medicine. It will also include important initiatives such the technology-enhanced learning group, which integrates educational and information technologies into the academic environment. The goal is to enhance the mobility and flexibility of the learning process and help USC faculty, students, and staff explore and implement technologies that promote learner-centered education on campus and through distance learning And it will mean strengthening the programs and facilities that ensure USC’s student athletes continue to excel at the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics.