Colleges Design New Housing to Engage and Retain Students

January 21, 2013

Knute Axelbrod, 64, starts college lonely in a short story by Sinclair Lewis. "Lacking the stimulus of friendship, it was the harder for Knute to keep up the strain of studying the long assignments." He eventually meets a classmate and shares an evening of history, music, and poetry, devouring "all the art of life he had come to college to find." That tale represents an ideal for colleges' residential renovations, efforts to engineer the sort of engagement Knute achieves. A copy of the story was given to an architect before he began work on Franklin & Marshall College's house system, which hoped to evoke such spirit.