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ERIC Number: EJ791300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Imagine if We Could Start over: Designing a College from Scratch
Troyer, Diane
About Campus, v10 n4 p4-9 Sep-Oct 2005
Imagine the opportunity to design a college from scratch. Structures for collaborative learning and student engagement could take any form. The vision could embody the community's expectations, and the classrooms could contain flexible furniture, multimedia stations, and floor-to-ceiling white boards. The library could also accommodate learning resource services such as tutoring; the faculty and staff could be hired based on their ability to manage and lead change; and the community could house its public library and volunteer fire station at the college. This wonderful opportunity was presented to the planning team for Cy-Fair College in August 2000, and the result has been the creation of a vibrant laboratory for engagement in learning and innovation. While few have the opportunity to work from a blank page as those at Cy-Fair College did, the lessons learned are exciting and highly applicable to existing institutions. This article describes the creation of Cy-Fair College and discusses each aspect in its creation--the vision, the organizational structure, the learning signature, and their impact on campus and classroom design, hiring and training, and community partnerships--which has a role to play in creating an institution that is committed to collaboration. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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