Higher education is rapidly evolving. As we use planning and design to help our clients navigate major shifts in culture, technology, and funding, we believe it is essential to focus on strategies that help foster an education that is relevant after graduation.
One way to promote relevance is to strengthen the bond between academic disciplines and the campus residential life experience. Studies show this is best accomplished when learning communities are integrated with living environments. By physically integrating living and learning on campus, students’ social and academic lives are connected—shaping their overall experience and encouraging their success.
Here we offer six strategies for and examples of how to foster living/learning on campus.