Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts


There is a wide-spread conviction that a strong undergraduate community serves the national interest most effectively as it serves the needs of all students, including but going beyond the next generation of researchers, those students who will move into the workforce, into careers in politics, business and industry, or the K-12 community as teachers.

We see a new generation of science facilities emerging, casting in concrete a philosophy of education that centers on students, on preparing them for the challenges and opportunities they will face in the community outside campus.

The challenge to those with leadership roles in the planning process, administrators, trustees, and faculty alike, is to create a climate in which a community of learning can flourish. Your building will reflect the community that brought it to life; it will then nurture and sustain the community that works within its spaces.