Planning college campus visits? Evaulation its on-site dining

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 16:45 PM.

Across the country, high school students are busy planning college visits in order to winnow their wish lists before senior year applications.

“It’s important to visit while classes are in session, and to pay attention to what’s going on in the classroom outside of the classroom,” advises David Porter, social architect, consultant to colleges and universities throughout North America and author of “The Porter Principles,” a guide to college success through social engineering at www.porterkhouwconsulting.com.

“What are the wholesome opportunities for socially rich student engagement and study on-campus?  What extra-curriculars are offered and how accessible are they? What does the college paper reveal about campus issues, concerns and opportunities?”

One often overlooked feature is the structure of campus dining, Porter says.

“Many universities require freshmen to live on campus for the first year because administrators know that students who live and dine on campus have higher GPAs and higher graduation rates than those who don’t.  A properly socially engineered dining-learning commons is central to the day-to-day lives of all students living on-campus and is crucial for face-to-face social networking and study with fellow students,” he says.

“But these same universities often fail to realize that student dining is as much – even more -- a factor in developing a sense of community and predicting future success.  This is the centerpiece of ‘the classroom outside of the classroom’.”

He offers these suggestions for evaluating campus dining commons:



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