January 21, 2013
Colleges Design New Housing to Engage and Retain Students
Brandon Thibodeaux for The Chronicle
Knute Axelbrod, 64, starts college lonely in a short story by Sinclair Lewis. "Lacking the stimulus of friendship, it was the harder for Knute to keep up the strain of studying the long assignments." He eventually meets a classmate and shares an evening of history, music, and poetry, devouring "all the art of life he had come to college to find."
That tale represents an ideal for colleges' residential renovations, efforts to engineer the sort of engagement Knute achieves. A copy of