Stratton Addition Will Accommodate Rapid Growth of College of Justice & Safety

Rendering of Stratton Addition

A 25,500-square-foot addition to the Stratton Building will accommodate the rapid growth of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice & Safety.

Construction began last fall on the $5.5 million project after administrators, faculty and staff worked with a team of architects to identify and examine the College’s current and future needs. It is expected to be complete by December of this year.

In the past decade alone, EKU’s College of Justice & Safety has doubled its enrollment, surpassing 2,400 students this year.  “Percentage-wise, we’re one of the fastest growing academic colleges in the state,” said Dr. Allen Ault, dean of the College. “We want to solidify our title as the University’s ‘Program of Distinction.’

“This building (which was dedicated in 1975) was built for our law enforcement program and the Criminal Justice Training Center (which moved to the Funderburk Building next door when it opened in 1994),” Ault noted, “and it has had no major renovations since it was built.” Since the College’s establishment, “our mission has changed,” as more academic programs have been added and gained national prominence.

The new space, spread over three floors, will include:

·         80- and 46-seat state-of-the-art academic classrooms.

·         A graduate seminar room.

·         A distance learning studio. The College of Justice & Safety alone now has well over 500 distance learners. “Within the next five years, I think we’ll add another thousand,” Ault said, noting that as more distance-learning courses are also added University-wide, the College can serve as a model.

·         Space for the Emergency Medical Care Program, including a training lab. The program has been housed in the Dizney Building in the University’s health sciences complex.

·         A new “front door” for the College that will feature a centralized academic advising center, reception area and offices that support student recruitment and retention.

·         A student activities “hub.”

·         Long-term growth capabilities for each department in the College.

At the same time, renovations continue in the existing portion of the Stratton Building. The improvements include major enhancements to classrooms and the College’s library facility.

The College of Justice & Safety offers a wide array of degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree levels.

Published on February 09, 2011