Vanderbilt University officials recently announced that the university will be embarking on a $23 million School of Nursing (VUSN) building addition, set to break ground in late spring. The building completion is currently estimated for August 2018.
The new building will span 29,950-square-feet and five floors, and house classrooms, conference and seminar rooms, student services offices, faculty offices, and a simulation teaching lab. A virtual classroom will also be included to incorporate online and distance technology to facilitate distance learning.
Linda Norman, VUSN Dean, reports that the school has experienced exponential growth over the last 10 years. With growth from 580 students in 2006 to 879 in the current academic year, VUSN is one of the largest nursing programs in the country. The building expansion is largely being taken on to accommodate an increased number of students, faculty, and staff, and to help the school continue to attract the best students and faculty.
VU Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Susan Wente, tells NashvillePost.com, “This expansion will strengthen [VUSN’s] position as one of the nation’s elite nursing schools, known for its graduate nursing education, advanced practice and research programs. It will also elevate the school’s reputation in research by expanding its capability to support its growing faculty research endeavors.”
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