Space Usage Efficiency (SUE) Scores
In the Fall of 2008, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) designated a task force to review the methods used to measure classroom and class laboratory utilization. The purpose was to identify areas for potential improvement. The Space Usage Efficiency (SUE) measure was developed to account for Facilities Demand, Current Utilization Rate, and Percent Fill.
The Facilities Demand calculation represents the ratio of course offerings to rooms that have a room type defined as a Classroom or Lab. The Utilization Rate is a measure of the average weekly hours classrooms or labs are actually used. The Average Percent Fill represents the average number of seats occupied when a room is in use.
The SUE score consists of three variables that are calculated for both Classrooms and Labs, which are those that have a room type of 110 and 210 respectively, totaling 6 parts of the overall score. Each of these six variables is converted from a raw score to a weighted value and summed to compute an overall SUE score. The higher numbers for the score indicate a more favorable score and better overall utilization.
In a collaborative effort by Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Finance and Operations, and Information Technology dialogue began in the Spring of 2012 to determine how we currently utilize the university's space. These discussions centered specifically on classrooms and labs and what factors effected the SUE calculation published by the THECB.
A collection of Cognos reports compiled by IT@SAM provides several views of the SUE score at varying levels of detail. If you would like access to view these reports, please contact Mary Holland at the Facilities Planning Office.