FLINT – Baker College of Flint has unveiled its new Academic Resource Center (ARC) for students and faculty. The 18,000-square-foot remodeling project was completed for the start of fall classes that began Sept. 29.
“The trend in higher education continues to move away from a predominantly lecture-based style of instruction to a more fluid process, called active learning,” said Candace Johnson, Ph.D., vice president for academics at Baker College of Flint. “In designing the ARC, we worked to understand student behavior patterns and active learning principles and determined the best solution was to unite the services of the campus library and the Learning Support Services area into a single blended resource.”
The ARC gives students and staff new ways to work together and supports evolving teaching practices. The goal is for students to become independent learners, critical thinkers and problem solvers by providing them with an environment that is stimulating and encourages a variety of learning styles.
Johnson continued, “The role of the library in higher education is changing dramatically, and we need to stay on the cutting edge. We are always rethinking and reorganizing resources to make learning spaces more accessible to students and to stay current with trends in higher education.”
Features of the new space include:
· Cutting-edge technology that enables a dynamic and active learning environment
· A multi-media classroom outfitted with hardware and software to aid students practicing presentations, interviews and demonstrations that can also be used by instructors conducting research classes in the ARC
· Environments that address the needs of students requesting group work areas, group study space, study carrels and white boards
· Integrated library staff within the space to be more accessible to students
The ARC is located on the main campus at 1050 W. Bristol Rd. It is open Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Students are able to make appointments for peer or professional tutoring.
Wakely Associates Inc., of Warren, was the architectural company for the project and Matthew Hanel Construction, of Montrose Township, provided construction services.
Details: Visit www.baker.edu or 810- 766-4000. – G.G.