Wade College has adequate physical resources to support its institutional mission and its programs and services. Wade College considers physical resources to be the plant and other tangible assets that are incidental to the learning environment; therefore, physical resources of the college are composed of the college campus in the Dallas INFOMART and the World Trade Center.
In July 2010, the Wade College main campus moved to its new location in Suite 4080 of the INFOMART. The INFOMART sits on 25 acres of land in the heart of Dallas, Texas, located two miles north of downtown Dallas on a major interstate highway. It is easily accessible by car; rail and public bus transportation service also serve the location. The INFOMART is conveniently located near DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field.
The Dallas INFOMART opened in 1985 as a permanent trade center for the information technology industry. Covering 1.6 million square feet, the building was modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, the site of the first World’s Fair, the Great Exhibition of 1851. The building provides fully redundant electrical power and an HVAC system with availability twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The INFOMART offers a vast array of amenities and services, such as concierge services, a newsstand, a café, free Wi-Fi access, meeting and event facilities, a fitness center, and plentiful free parking. Designed as a premier choice for data center space, the INFOMART provides twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week roving security guards and identification-required access, and a highly-sophisticated fire suppression system.
Wade College’s main campus occupies approximately 16,000 square feet in the INFOMART, housing the institution’s classrooms, laboratories, administrative and faculty offices, storage rooms, and library. The following is a description of Suite 4080 that the institution currently operates as a part of the learning environment and execution of its mission, programs, and services as they relate to the proposed information technology programs.
Lecture Rooms I and III each contain 40 student desks. Both rooms provide state-of-the-art technology, including Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, ceiling-mounted speakers, wall-mounted LCD televisions with built-in DVD players, and Dell Optiplex desktop computers wired to ceiling-mounted LCD projectors for classroom presentations. The computers have access to the Wade College network and the Internet.
The Art Laboratory contains 20 seminar tables and 40 task chairs. The laboratory also contains Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, ceiling-mounted speakers, a ceiling-mounted LCD television with a built-in DVD player, and an Apple iMac wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for classroom presentation. The computer has access to the Wade College network and the Internet. The laboratory primarily holds art classes; however, lecture classes can also be held therein. Maximum class enrollment in the art laboratory is 40 students. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.
The Computer Laboratory contains 25 workstations, including the professor’s, consisting of Dell Optiplex desktop computers. The professor’s workstation is wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector and ceiling-mounted speakers for classroom presentations on a Walltalker dry-erase wall covering. All workstations have access to the Wade College network and the Internet. Courses held in the laboratory include web design courses and the business applications course. The laboratory will also hold information technology courses. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.
The Graphic Design Laboratory contains 25 Apple iMacs, including the professor’s. The professor’s workstation is wired to a ceiling-mounted LCD projector and ceiling-mounted speakers for classroom presentations on a Walltalker dry-erase wall covering. All workstations have access to the Wade College network and the Internet. Courses held in the laboratory include web design courses; other information technology courses may be held in this laboratory as well. The laboratory is available for student use throughout the day and evening hours.
The Information Technology Laboratory (formerly Lecture II) contains 10 seminar tables and 19 task chairs. The room currently provides state-of-the-art technology, including Walltalker dry-erase wall coverings, ceiling-mounted speakers, wall-mounted LCD televisions with built-in DVD players, and a Dell Optiplex desktop computer wired to ceiling-mounted LCD projectors for classroom presentations. After the planned and budgeted updates, the laboratory will provide a computer test bench, a network server rack, a Linksys router with wireless AP’s, and a Dell PowerEdge rack server with a keyboard, monitor and mouse. Only information technology courses will be held in Information Technology Laboratory. The classroom is available for student use throughout the day, evening, and weekend hours.
The Wade College Library and Computer Laboratory occupy approximately 1,800 square feet of the campus. There are approximately 60 seats in the library with 12 study tables available for the students. Thirteen workstations with Dell Optiplex desktop computers and several Apple iPads are available in the library computer laboratory with access to the college network, online databases, and the Internet.
The college campus also contains private administrative offices for the President, Executive Director, Executive Vice-President, the Director of Student Services and Outreach, the Director of Academic and Student Affairs, the Director of Compliance and Finance, and the Director of Career Services, Director of Financial Services, Director of Admissions and Marketing, and admissions staff. A file room and a technology room are located within the administrative area. Semi-private offices are available to faculty members.
Internet access for the entire campus is provided via a high-performance fiber optic cable with a 100 Mbps bandwidth. Faculty, staff, and students have unlimited access to multiple networked copiers, printers, plotters, and scanners that are located throughout the college campus. The library provides free Wi-Fi access.
Wade College provides sufficient physical classroom resources to currently offer all day classes between 8:15 a.m. and 3:55 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Friday, all evening classes between 5:30 p.m. and 10:35 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and all weekend classes between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Additionally, such scheduling achieves an effective average class size.
Additional areas throughout the INFOMART and World Trade Center are also available for college use. These areas have been used for student lounge areas, student orientations, student exhibits or shows, professional portfolio critiques, fashion shows, large assemblies, presentations by special guest lecturers, alumni reunions, and commencement ceremonies.
The physical facilities provide modern, comfortable, clean, and up-to-date space and amenities. The facilities offer appropriate instructional, administrative, faculty, library, beverage/food service, recreational, parking, and storage space.