Talking Stick - November/December 2011 - (Page 36)
BOLD, diverse, and sustainable development of an academic village for the Millennial Generation is an evolution in progress.
by David Reid, Beverly Frank, and Krista Shepherd
he academic village is certainly not a new concept. Thomas Jefferson used the term in describing his vision of education at the University of Virginia (UVA). As he conceived it, “the college experience should take place within an ‘academical village’ where shared learning is infused with daily life . . .” He developed plans for ten pavilions – stately faculty homes with living quarters upstairs and classrooms downstairs – attached to two rows of student rooms and connected by an inward-facing colonnade. Later, Jefferson’s grandson Francis Eppes, who was mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, as well as a Board of Education member, would proactively instill these Jeffersonian ideals into a school for boys called The Florida Institute, which would become the Florida State University campus. Now, almost 200 years later, campus leaders and designers continue to evolve this concept in their effort to deliver exceptional living and learning experiences. In more recent years, the academic village has evolved further into integrated live, learn, and play environments that respond to the characteristics and lifestyle of the Millennial Generation. In “Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change,” the Pew Research Center defines this generation: “Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials – the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium – have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change.”
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