What do Harvard, Rice, the University of Central Arkansas and Hogwarts School have in common? They all have “house systems” – a network of residential colleges that help to establish a sense of community and continuity among students and improve the quality of academic life.
Evolutionary biologist and residential-college advocate Robert O’Hara discussed his experiences with co-founding on a shoestring budget a residential college at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro – and how these faculty-led societies help bring the advantages of small colleges to large university communities. His talk, “Why Are We Here If We’re Not Magic?,” opened the Gartner Honors Lecture Series for 2007-08. Read more.