Planning for Higher Education Journal

Shaping Community

Re-creating Connectivity on Campus through Student Life
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From Volume 43 Number 4 | July–September 2015
By Matthew Herman, Robert W. Thomas, Mario Violich
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Given the increase in student commuters, part-time students, and online learning, institutions of higher education are evolving to embrace a blended campus experience. The emerging importance of student connectivity and interaction can be seen in the new role of the student union as a center of student life and learning. This article explores how University of California, Berkeley, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, and Portland Community College have leveraged new student union complexes—including associated open space—to address changing student needs and increase social interaction.

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