making college cozy

There’s a long article in a recent edition of the Times that describes efforts on the part of several colleges and universities to create a more integrated residential life experience through residential colleges or commons programs.  Although there were several interesting tidbits, what struck me is the sense in which these efforts reinforce the idea that students are looking for more personal contact with faculty and peers, and a stronger sense of integratedness and belonging with their institution.  Makes wonder how much Facebook, and the creation of physical common/community spaces, are part of a larger trend…

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