Kean University

College of Business & Public Management

Project Overview

Today’s students benefit from the omnipresence of technology, shared knowledge, social media networking, and near-constant communication independent from the limitations of their surroundings or backgrounds. These tools offer unique and revolutionary ways to learn and interact; they are disrupting traditional models of learning and pedagogy. Despite these changes, business students are spending an increasing amount of their time on campus and an overwhelming majority of their time in the business school building. The contemporary business school environment must enhance the social learning aspects that today’s students thrive in by providing increased spaces for collaboration, shared experiences, and support of their immediate learning communities.

Kean University’s new six-story, 90,000 square foot College of Business & Public Management will feature large, student-focused common spaces with dramatic multi-level connections to anchor each floor; providing the several thousand students attending class in the building’s variety of academic spaces with places to interact, collaborate, study, and relax throughout the day. Highly transparent spaces throughout the building will visually connect academic departments, learning spaces, and the active common areas that support them. The sixth floor will be fully dedicated to an open virtual library and learning commons with access to roof terraces, planted roofs, and panoramic views of the campus and the New York City skyline beyond.

This project will bring the College of Business’ four schools (the Global Business School; the School of Accounting and Finance; the School of Criminal Justice and Public Administration; and the School of Management, Marketing and International Business) together under one roof, along with the Office of the Dean and the Kean University Small Business Development Center.