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College Planning & Management Features ARC Perspective on Fusion of Science and Business Education

11.14.17 / BY ARC

In a feature story published in the October 2017 issue of College Planning & Management, ARC’s Rob Quigley examines the rationale and design opportunities behind the synthesis of science and technology into the learning experience of business and other non-science students.

In the article, Rob cites recent ARC design projects at Bentley University and Johnson & Wales University as examples of the increased investments in science and technology that are providing popular choices for students.

As the demand for professional and business school graduates with science and technology skills grows, college administrators are reimagining business education to provide a more holistic academic experience.

At Johnson & Wales University, the design of The John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation creates a central hub on campus where students and faculty come together and benefit from a variety of spaces to meet, collaborate on projects, and use technology resources for hands-on learning. A guiding principle for the University and the design team was to provide the openness and flexibility needed to foster a healthy integration of disciplines.

The comprehensive $22.5M renovation of the 1960’s era Jennison Hall at Bentley University provided new teaching and research laboratories, flexible and technology-enabled classrooms, welcoming study spaces, and administrative and office areas.

“The renovations create an ideal environment to support Bentley’s curricular fusion of the sciences with business,” said Rick Oches, PhD, Chair of the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences.

“The new Jennison Hall teaching and research labs embody the latest thinking in innovative science teaching and learning, and create a dynamic new learning environment with interdisciplinary laboratories, high-tech classrooms, and interactive social spaces that encourage team-based activities and collaboration,” Oches observed.

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