SCUP
Planning for Higher Education Journal

How to Build a Residential College

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From Volume 30 Number 2 | Winter 2001–2002
By Robert J O'Hara

Institution(s) referenced in this resource:
University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Yale University

The quality of campus life in large universities has declined over the years as faculty have given up responsibility for student life outside the classroom and institutions have become ever more bureaucratized. To solve this problem, universities should establish systems of small, decentralized academic communities modeled ultimately on the residential colleges of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In the United States, Harvard and Yale Universities first adopted this residential college model in the 1930s, and it is now spreading to many institutions, public and private, large and small.

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