Friday, July 29, 2016

Physical Place on Campus: Report on the Summit on Building Community

For the past five years, we have been on a journey to assert the importance of physical place to learning, community, and engagement on college campuses, and to consider what more higher education should do to assure that its vast physical plant is leveraged more intentionally for educational and civic goals. This journey led us to create a unique gathering of higher education and industry leaders called Physical Place on Campus: A Summit on Building Community.
The report at the link below presents what was learned from this Summit.
We have learned many things on this journey. Perhaps the most important is that while this document is the culmination of an event, it is also really only a beginning of another journey.
The outcome we hope is most clear is that so much more is needed. More discovery and less inertia. More evidence and fewer assumptions. More boundary-crossing and fewer silos. And more questioning of what we think we know, so that we might reach our envisioned future.
It is our hope that the Summit and this report will be as transformative to the conversation as physical place is to campus community.
Loren J. Rullman, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Jan van den Kieboom, AIA
Principal and Owner
Workshop Architects

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