Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts

Insights from Experience: Facilities Planning

January 12, 2007

What works in building physical environments that strengthen student learning in STEM fields? This is the question to be addressed at the PKAL Workshop on Planning Facilities for Undergraduate Science and Mathematics, to be held March 16 – 18, 2007.

What works is learning from the experiences of colleagues and design professionals in shaping 21st century STEM learning spaces for 21st century students, science and technology. Thus with this posting we present recommendations and summaries from Keck/PKAL consultancies on facilities planning.

The key message of these reports is that what works is focusing on what and how 21st century students will be learning in STEM fields. The just-released report of AAC&U’s National Leadership Council for Liberal Education & America’s Promise provides an invaluable roadmap for planning the intellectual and social learning environments that will be nurtured in new spaces for science.