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Learning About Equity from an Undergraduate Research of a University Campus Parking System

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ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference


Waco, Texas

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March 24, 2021

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March 24, 2021

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March 26, 2021

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Andrea Ramic Angelo State University

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Miss Ramic is a student-athlete classified as a senior at Angelo State University. Her major is Civil Engineering, with a focus on structural engineering. She plays on the ASU Women's Tennis team and grew up in Brussels, Belgium.

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Dick Apronti Angelo State University Orcid 16x16

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Dick Apronti is an assistant professor at Angelo State University. He teaches transportation engineering courses, engineering graphics, and plane surveying. His research interests are in transportation safety and planning. Dick Apronti also has interests in projects that improve access to higher education and college retention for minorities and under-represented groups.

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Parking is one of the most contested resources on university campuses. Typically, parking spaces close to classrooms and administration buildings experience deficits in parking that often result in later arrivals being denied parking at their preferred locations. A challenge in parking space allocation is making sure that there are equity considerations. Improving equity means vulnerable users of the parking lot are identified, and the parking lot is designed in such a way that specific users are not disadvantaged compared to other groups. This paper discusses lessons learned about equity in design during a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project on parking. The purpose of the study was to estimate future parking demands of a university campus to propose parking strategies that ensured efficient use of the parking spaces. A survey of the parking users on campus revealed concerns about accommodations for people with disabilities. After reviewing the concerns, the study explored the equity challenges of the campus parking system to make proposals that improve access for vulnerable groups.

Ramic, A., & Apronti, D. (2021, March), Learning About Equity from an Undergraduate Research of a University Campus Parking System Paper presented at ASEE 2021 Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference, Waco, Texas.

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