Changing the Culture

In 2001, Vanderbilt's administration unveiled plans for the school's Residential College Initiative, the result of several years of groundwork designed to improve campus life at the school. “The goal was to create a living/learning environment, rather than separate living and learning environments,” explains Camp Howard, director of dining.

One of the major impediments to developing such an environment was the way entering classes felt alienated.

“Their surveys had highlighted

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