Housing option helps IT freshmen live and learn
For most students, the first year of college is an exciting and
challenging time of enormous change. Last fall, IT and the University's
Office of Housing and Residential Life began a new program designed
to make that transition easier, thanks in part to a generous gift
from Mrs. George Taylor, a longtime IT benefactor.
Taylor's gift launched the Explorations in Engineering and Sciences
House, where IT freshmen live and learn in a community setting.
Students enrolled in the program live together in a block of rooms
in Centennial Hall and take courses together. They also participate
in special educational, social, and developmental programming that's
designed to broaden their horizons and ensure their academic success.
"Students and parents really love this program," says Susan Kubitschek,
who coordinates the program for IT Student Services. "It makes the
University less scary and gives students a real sense of community.
Those things, in turn, support [students'] academic achievement."
Explorations in Engineering and Sciences House is one of 21 new
subject-based living and learning communities available to first-year
students at the University. Others focus on disciplines from art
and design to biology and foreign languages.
The enhanced programming makes living and learning communities
more expensive than traditional dormitory housing, says Kubitschek.
Students who participate pay higher housing fees to cover part of
the cost; the remainder comes from private sources.
"Mrs. Taylor's gift really made it possible to get this program
off the ground," says Kubitschek. "Now that we know the program
is a success, we're looking for ways to serve more students."